Acquired: Bred dog myself
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted March 19, 2015
I bred this Akita myself and had great fun whilst it was under my supervision.
To give you a bit of a breakdown and some help deciding whether to have one as a pet or not please consider the following:
If you want a dog that:
•Is large, rugged, and powerful, with a wolf-like appearance
•Has a thick coat that comes in many colours and patterns
•Carries himself with a dignified, impressive presence
•Looks imposing, so makes an effective deterrent
•Despite his size, doesn't need a great deal of exercise
•Doesn't bark much -- the "strong and silent" type
•Isn't clingy or overly-dependent
then this is the dog for you.
If you don't want a dog where you will need to deal with:
•Potential aggression toward people when not socialized properly
•Aggression toward other animals
•Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge
•Extreme possessiveness of food -- children and other animals should not be allowed near an Akita who is eating
•Legal liabilities (public perception, future breed bans, insurance problems, increased chance of lawsuits)
then this dog will not be for you.
I hope this helps you make an informed decision.