Akita / Newfoundland Mix

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The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The first generation  is a cross between a pure Akita and a pure Newfoundland, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This isn't a common mix, but you may occasionally encounter it in a rescue.

Appearance / health:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog. In this case, the appearance of your pet could be very different depending on whether the Newfoundland or the Akita traits dominate. Expect a good-sized, energetic, outdoorsy animal.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed dog, some owners have reported that the friendly, exuberant nature of the Newfoundland shines through with their dog. If the Akita personality dominates, you may have more of an independent animal that represents a challenge. If you are an inexperienced with dominant animals, you should get to know the Akita / Newfoundland mix in question before you decide that you're ready to take it home.

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