Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Training: Previous owner, Attended conferences / shows, Books
North Carolina, United States
Posted January 15, 2013
When this breed was first bred, they were used as nanny dogs for small children in Japan. They watched over them, kept them out of trouble as much as a dog is able, and protected them fearlessly against perceived dangers. These are attributes that most Akitas still have today. They are extremely large dogs, usually topping out in the 130# range so be prepared to buy a lot of dog food. they also have extremely dense and thick fur that will need to be brushed often, especially when they are shedding heavily in the spring. They should be properly socialized with a wide variety of people, animals, and situations as puppies or they can develop an aversion to all of these things as adults and possibly dangerous as a result. They have a high prey drive and can often like cats and small animals a little too much so if you have small critters, you should consider a puppy that can grow up around them or a different breed altogether.