The Akita is a large spitz breed that has two separate varieties: the Japanese strain and the American strain. Aloof, independent, and a dominant breed — do you think this is the perfect match for you?
Akita: Getting to Know This Noble and Loyal Pooch
Were you touched by the story of Hachiko in the movie Hachi: A Dog’s Tale? Then, you probably are one of those who’s been wanting to have an Akita to be your four-legged pal! This is a powerful dog with a big body built and heavy bones. Originally, this breed was used to guard the royalty and nobility in Japan. The Akita are territorial dogs and can be reserved with strangers; they don’t easily back down on challenges and aren’t easily frightened but they are affectionate and can be amusing when properly trained and socialized.
What does an Akita look like?
An American type on males measure around 26 to 28 inches in height and may weigh around 100 to 130 pounds. The females, on the other hand, measure around 24 to 26 inches in height and may weigh between 70 to 100 pounds. The Japanese type is a little smaller as compared to the American ones. They have two types of coating, the standard coating, and the long coating. This breed has a broad head, deep muzzle, small eyes, erect ears, and a large curled tail to balance its big broad head.
What is an Akita like?
An Akita is an alert and powerful breed, normally wary of strangers. They can be aggressive with other pets or dogs especially if they’re of the same gender. Devoted, affectionate, and loyal to their family, this fido loves to be in the company of its humans. This pooch also enjoys participating in the family’s daily activities. Additionally, Akitas are known for being mouthy, carrying around dog toys or some household items most of the time. They are also known to moan, grumble, and bark alert their humans when the situation calls for it.
The Akita has a strong personality, thus, this breed might not be the best choice for first-time dog owners. If you want to bring home an Akita, you need to be firm but loving. If not raised properly, this pooch has the tendency of being aggressive. Akitas are quite active as well, it’s highly recommended to give it lots of exercises to prevent boredom resulting in some behavior problems such as destructive chewing or excessive barking.
What is the origin of the Akita?
In Japan, it is considered as one of the oldest native dogs and is called the Matagi dog or the bear/deer hunting dog. The Akitas today are primarily from the northernmost region of Honshū. American Akitas, on the other hand, originated from a variety of Japanese Akita not desired in Japan due to its markings.
What are the possible health concerns of the Akita?
They are generally healthy but have a possibility of getting certain health issues its breed is prone to. These health concerns may include but not limited to Hypothyroidism, Hip dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Gastric dilatation and volvulus syndrome, and Sebaceous Adenitis (SA). There is no 100% assurance for the dog to get these conditions but you need to be on the lookout to minimize the chances.
Are Akita dogs hypoallergenic?
While there are no such thing as 100% non-allergenic dogs, there are some considered to be hypoallergenic dog breeds as they produce less dander and shed minimally. However, this is not the case with Akitas. They are not considered hypoallergenic since they shed constantly. The amount of shedding can cause reactions to allergy sufferers.
So, if you’re excited to bring home one, get ready with your vacuum because you’ll sure need it cleaning all those loose hair. Brushing your Akita dog can help lessen the shedding and keep its coat clean and soft.
You probably fell in love with Akitas having to watch the life story of Hachiko but it’s not that easy to have one. They need to be trained and socialized for them to be accustomed to people. If you’re planning to bring home one, ensure you’ll be firm but loving for you to live harmoniously with this breed.