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Akita Dog Training Tips and Info on Akitas (Akita, Japanese Akita Dog )
Group: Working, Group Northern
Also known as: Akita Inu,
Japanese Akita, Japanese Akita Inu, Great Japanese Dog
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Akita is a large Japanese
breed of dog that most probably originated in the Akita Prefecture of Japan, from where it gets its name. The Akita first appeared in
Japan during the 16th century and they were
originally used for hunting and dog fighting.
The Japanese used these dogs for various hunting
activities and to hunt several different kinds
The dogs were often used
to hunt bear, deer and wild boar. Both males
and females were paired together as work partners.
Today, the Akita can be found in
various parts of the world and is now mainly used
for security. They also make wonderful pets.The
Japanese are very proud of these dogs and they respect
them a great deal. The Akita is a symbol of good
health and wealth. There is even a monument in Japan
that commemorates this breed.
Helen Keller was the first to bring
an Akita to the United States in 1936.The Akita
Shepherd is a German hybrid of the German Shepherd
and the Akita Inu.
The best way to determine the temperament
of these dogs is to look up the different breeds
in the dog’s history and determine the different
characteristics from the different breeds.
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Description of the Dog
The Akita is the largest of the
Japanese Spitz-type breeds. The dog is very powerful,
solid and well proportioned. The dog has a broad,
deep chest and level back. The head is broad and
blunt with a triangle shape to it. The ears are
small and erect and are carried forward. The eyes
are often dark brown with a triangular shape. The
nose is generally black, but brown on white Akitas
are allowed. The lips are black and the tongue is
pink. The tail is carried high and curls over the
back. The Akita has cat-like feet. A black mask
is forbidden in the breed standard.
Coat Color: Pure
white, Red, Sesame, Brindle
The coat is a double coat with
a waterproof harsh layer on the outside and is insulated
with a thick and soft undercoat.
Male 26-28 inches
Female 24-26 inches
Male 75-100 pounds
Female75 -110 pounds
Temperament of the Dog
The Akita is usually a docile
dog. However, they can be very aggressive to other
dogs. They also do not care for dogs of the same
gender. Males do not generally get along with other
males, nor do females get along with other females.
Akitas should also not be left alone with other
breeds of dogs, as they can be very aggressive towards
them. The breed is also food possessive and is capable
of ferocity. The Akita is, however, a very courageous,
intelligent, and fearless dog. They are known for
being very protective of their family and their
The Akita is extremely faithful
to its family. The dog should not be allowed to
run off its leash around other animals. The dog
may not be friendly towards other children and strangers.
It is very important that these dogs are highly
socialized, however, they should not be left unsupervised
around strangers. They should also not be fed with
other dogs because of their food possessiveness.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
Akitas enjoy both the indoor and
outdoor lifestyle. They will feel secluded from
their family if left outside all of the time.
Are they suited to homes
Akitas are good with the children
of their family. Akitas should not be left unsupervised
to take care of the Akita Puppies?
The Akita must learn respect
from an early age. It is very important that
these dogs have obedience training from the
puppy stage. These dogs should also be well
socialized as puppies. The puppy is very willful
and will need firm training. The Akita must
respect its human owners as the head of the
The Akita must be trained by its
owner. They do not do well at training schools,
as they must learn the owner is the dominant figure
in the household. They require a firm bond to be
These dogs are very intelligent
and they will get bored easily. They also learn
very quickly and short training periods are suggested,
as they will become bored. They can also be very
stubborn and will simply walk away when they become
uninterested in training. The Akita must learn basic
obedience and the owner must practice with the dog
on a continuous basis.
Although the dog is large, they
do not require a large amount of exercise, moderate
exercise and will be enough for these dogs. Most
Akitas enjoy having a job. Try allowing your Akita
to bring in the newspaper every morning. They may
also try to take you by the wrist and lead you to
their leash or dog treats. They do not do this out
of aggression, but out of kindness. Firm but not
harsh training is required in the early puppy stages.
They also do well with crate training
How active is the breed?
The Akita will do well with moderate
exercise, and in a sedentary home.
The Akita does require moderate
exercise, however, puppies, should begin a firm
training regimen as early as possible. This is important
as puppies must learn who the head of a household
is. These dogs do well inside or outside and will
enjoy an occasional walk. They do not have a lot
of energy to expel and will often receive plenty
of exercise while running around the yard.
The course topcoat will require
grooming with a firm bristled brush. Bathe only
when absolutely necessary as the need topcoat has
natural water proofing that will be removed by bathing.
The breed is known to shed heavily twice a year.
Hip dysplasia and eye diseases
are common genetic disorders. Dams and sires should
be x-rayed and receive eye exams. The breed has
also been known to suffer from thyroid, hypothyroid,
autoimmune thyroiditis and immune diseases and skin
problems. They may also have been known to have
knee and patella problems.
Breeding the Dog and any
and eye disease should be checked before breeding.
Litter Size: 3
to 12 puppies, 7 or 8 are average.
Life Span: 10
to 12 years
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