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Japanese Akita Dog

September 20, 2010 on 7:25 am | In Japanese Akita | 25 Comments

Japanese Akita Dog

The Japanese Akita dog is not for the limp hearted owner. It is a large uncompromising powerful dog with a monarchical comportment and a sense of its own eminence. It’s a dependable dog. Which, when schooled to a high standard, makes a wonderful ally, but domestication is crucial to successful ownership of this dog.

It’s a large spitz type dog, full of might and contained power, easily recognised by the tail which curls over the back. It has a thick powerful neck and powerful shoulders. The coat is a thick top coat and a soft undercoat. Like most spitz breeds it is a surprisingly quiet dog that is not apt to nuisance barking. Akitas only go to bark if it senses trouble. When it does growl however it can be fearsome.

The Japanese Akita dog is by character a lone wolf and does not mix well with other dogs.  Generally male dogs. If you are thinking of owning an Akita then extensive socialization is necessary to get it used to other dogs, and even then it’s not the kind of dog you can allow to run free on a public park. It requires extensive handling at all times.

The dog is very territorial and will protect its home space against strangers. This can cause problems when friends or neighbours call to your home, the Akita may not like this. You will need to put him away in a crate or socialize him to frequent visitors.

It is also a very intelligent dog that will become uninterested easily. You need to keep it employed when at home. During domestication the dog will soon become bored if the training is uninteresting; if it get fed up it will just walk away. Bullheadedness is also one of its characteristics.

Think carefully before committing yourself to this dog; do a lot of research. A lot of Akitas end up in rescue centres because their owners found that looking after the dog was too much for them.  Owning this dog is a challenge. Don’t even think about getting an Akita if you are not an assertive person.

The dog will sense weakness in no time and try to take control. It is a natural born leader and will only be submissive to your authority if it believes you are dominant. Show it indecision, and it will take control, if this happens your ownership of the dog will not be agreeable.

If you’re thinking of buying a Japanese Akita dog then do your homework. This is not like any other dog. Be prepared for plenty of challenges and to devote a lot of time coaching the dog. A well trained Akita can make a great and dependable companion for years that will be protective of you and your family, but the dog does require extensive training

Michael runs the website Japanese Akita Dogs and is the author of the book “The Akita”(everything you need to know) A book about Akitas.
He lives in the north of England with his family and dogs. For your free, 12 day email course about Akitas Go here now  Japanese Akita Dogs and find out what’s involved when owning an Akita.

This is my very first youtube video. It’s about the difference between the american akita and the japanese akita. Enjoy 😀

Japanese Akita Dog Breed Profile Information

September 11, 2010 on 6:41 am | In Japanese Akita | No Comments

Japanese Akita Dog Breed Profile Information

The Japanese Akita is a large, strong dog that is known for its strength. Their head is a triangular shape, from looking down on it, heavy with dark triangle eyes. Their body is muscular and strong and should be longer than their height. Their legs should be of broad standing and have webbed paws. They come in an array of colours, red, fawn, white, sesame and brindle. As for their coat, it is a medium length with a soft undercoat. They can have markings well defined, with or without a mask or blaze. Their tail should curl but when held down should reach the hock. This breed is not an excessive barker. Although a big dog the body should be in balance to look at.

History: The Japanese Akita dog was originally bred in Japan. The Akita has remained the same for centuries, around 300 years. They came from a region if Akita, on the island of Honshu, hence their name. They are considered a national dog of Japan. This dog was bred for hunting and dog fighting. They have been used to hunt bears.

Temperament: The Japanese Akita are known for their intelligent, boldness and can need firm handling due to the dogs high dominance issues. They love their human families and protect the children who they see as ‘in their care’. Even though this is well known it is still best to be in good control of the dog around children as the dog will not tolerate being teased, so it is best to teach the child to behave around the dog. Their nature is to be dominating and hostile to other dogs and pets. If out walking it is best to keep this dog on a lead. This dog can be very courageous as well.

Health issues: The Japanese Akita breed can have hip dysplasia. They can have problems with their knees, hypothyroid, VKH Pemphigus, SA skin problems and entropion patella. PRA autoimmune thyroiditis and thyroiditis.

Living conditions: You have to be able to handle the Japanese Akita breed well. The dog will need a sturdy fenced garden and lots of long walks and training is required. This dog is unsuitable for apartments, unless you can sufficiently exercise. This breed needs lots of exercise a few times a day.

Grooming: The Akita has coarse fur, which will shed twice yearly, this lasts for a few weeks. They need lots of brushing using a firm bristle brush. It is best to brush daily. Bathing should not be done often, only rarely, as this can damage the coat, and removes the waterproofing of the dog’s coat.

The American Akita: To look at these dogs are nearly the same. The differences are in size and weight. The American Akita can have a black mask, which is a block of colour not allowed in the Japanese Akita. Please note this is not considered a separate breed, rather a different type within the overall breed.

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