Species group: Working Group dogs
Other name(s): Akita Inu; Japanese Akita; Shishi Inu
The Akita, the tallest of the Japanese dog breeds, was developed in the 1600s by a Samurai seeking to create a guardian dog with a warrior's spirit. When the sport of dog fighting came into fashion in the 1800s, the dogs were bred to be larger and larger. As a result of this heritage, the Akita is a powerful, protective breed that must be socialized with care. Its aggressive instincts means that it should probably be reserved for the single pet home with a responsible owner who possesses a good grasp on canine psychology.
In 1927, a group formed in Japan to restore the original appearance of the Samurai "Akita Matigas" look. As a result, the Akita is slowly diverging into two separate breeds-- the Akita Inu, which is more like the older Japanese breed, and the American Akita, which retains the larger size of the fighting dog heritage. In 2006, the Kennel Club (UK) recognized the Japanese Akita Inu and the (American) Akita. Most other countries worldwide do the same. However, the American Kennel Club (US) still regards the two forms as members of the same breed.
These dogs are loyal. The famous Hachiko is forever memorialized in Tokyo as the dog that waited nine years at Shibuya train station for its owner to come home after the man suddenly died at work.
Appearance / health:
There is no mistaking the distinctive Akita. He is powerful, well-balanced, large, alert and heavy-boned. Somewhat longer in body than height; his back level; his neck is thick and proportionally short; his massive head is triangular shaped, though balanced with the size of his body, flat and heavy; his jaws large; his muzzle is broad and strong; and he has a shallow grove going up the forehead from the his well-defined stop. His black-rimmed, dark brown eyes are small, wide-set and triangular shaped; his ears are erect and angle forward; he has a scissors bite; his lips are black; his tongue, pink. His legs are muscular, large-boned, and powerful. He has a large curl tailed, set high, which can be either a single or a double curl.
It should be noted that males are distinctly masculine in appearance, while females are notably feminine.
The coat of the Akita requires considerable grooming. Do not over-bathe as this will remove their coat’s natural waterproofing. Brush regularly to control shedding. The Akita has a heave shed twice yearly.
Akitas require a moderate amount of daily exercise, whether in the form of a walk or jog, or a good romp in an enclosed yard.
Some of the more common health issues in the Akita can include:
Behavior / temperament:
The first thing that should be kept in mind about the Akita is that they were bred for fighting as well as for a very good temperament. The Akita can be described only as fiercely devoted to their owner(s). While this seems a desirable trait to many, in the Akita it can lead to aggression towards people other than their owner(s). This is one breed where extensive, consistent socialization as a puppy, as early as possible, cannot be emphasized enough to prevent the later development of aggression, shyness to a grossly undesirable degree, suspiciousness, and even outright aggression toward other people.
All that said, the Akita is typically a dignified, composed, courageous, faithful, playful, and affectionate breed with their owner(s) and they will protect them with their life.
The Akita is rated high in learning rate; medium in obedience; high in problem solving. The Akita can be very domineering; therefore, an experienced owner who knows how to be firm, fair, consistent, and alpha is a necessity for the Akita. Please note the use of the phrase “experienced owner.” The word “owner” is pointed out because the training of an Akita cannot be left to a trainer or handler unless the only person you want them to obey is the trainer or handler! This is a “hand’s on” breed when it comes to training.
It is imperative that the owner(s) of the Akita establish their authority as soon as the puppy is acquired and maintain that dominance throughout the life of the dog. If the owner(s) do not establish that alpha position and, instead, entrust the training of their dog to a trainer or handler, the Akita will never see his owner(s) in the alpha position and the owner(s) will never be fully in control of the dog.
This is also the time when the puppy must be heavily socialized to people outside the family, as often and as regularly as the owner(s) can make it happen, even if it mean rearranging their usual schedule in order to get this vital socialization need met.
The Akita is known to challenge his owner(s) where matters of obedience are concerned – he is headstrong and his natural high level of intelligence will cause him to occasionally question your authority. Many owners have found that it necessary to physically take their Akita down in the proper manner of showing dominance, including shaking their scruff. You cannot force the Akita to do anything; instead, you must show them what they are to do. Never, ever hit or otherwise physically harm your Akita, or any dog, in order to show your dominance as doing so does not have the desired effect; rather, it will demonstrate to the dog that you are to be feared and, if you are feared, the natural sequence of events is that you will eventually be bitten.
It vocalizes with many interesting sounds, but it is not an excessive barker. The Akita is far more likely to growl and grumble at strangers and intruders rather than bark. However, a bored Akita will become more vocal.
great protectors, excellent watch dogs, calm, intelligent dog, loyal family dog, quiet
headstrong dog, dog agression, shedding, patient grooming, dominant breed, apartment, weak owner
attention lover, perfect running partner, oneperson dog, training requires patience, double coats
Nikki was a great family dog. She loved all children and animals. When my daughter was born, she never cried because Nikki would come get me when she started to wake up. When my daughter was playing on a blanket she laid on the corner of the blanket and would pull my daughter back on it if she started to crawl off of it. When our cat had kittens, she helped the mama clean off the babies. Once she was staying at my sister-in-laws house when someone tried to break in. Nikki woke my sister up quietly growling then chased the robbers away. She was perfect in every way.."
From starvina83 Jun 26 2015 4:11PM
"The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. ."
From Megan S 23 days ago
"Great dog to own, but stubborn at times
Well, how many of us didn't want a husky or an akita inu since we were small kids? I'm sure most of us did, and I... just couldn't resist the urge to get one.
After the initial joy, I was quickly awaken to the reality by my dog. Although incredibly smart and lovely, she is... very, and I when I say very, I mean it, stubborn. If she doesn't want to do something, she will simple not do it. Simple as that. After spending time with her, you just realise that you have to try to find gentle ways so you can both communicate and live happily, TOGETHER. Because this is the key word here, TOGETHER. This dog requires lots of attention and affection. It needs you by her side, it needs a friend, in other words. They are generally relatively easy to look after dogs and do not need any special treatment.
I would suggest getting this particular breed of dog if you are willing to spend time outside with it(in case you are living in a flat), make sure you give them their portion of attention&affection and.. you're ready to go!."
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