The Akita comes from Japan and has two different types, the Akita Inu (or Japanese Akita) and the Akita Kensha (or American Akita). They were bred up until World War II for fighting in bear pits.
Akitas are known to have a very bold nature with their owners but can be very defensive when they are around strangers. Akitas can be very independent minded so you need to be firm with training and early socialization is important as well.
Akitas love children though they must be taught how to handle and approach them. They enjoy cuddling with their owners as well as receiving attention each day. Akitas usually won't eat much in one sitting so serve in small portions.
Dog Breed Group
9 to 10 inches
4 to 7kg
10 to 16 years
Energy filled dogs need mental and physical stimulation. They are at their happiest when activities are action packed. They are the best buddies to bring with you when running, hiking, and other kinds of adventures.
Potential for Playfulness
From simple catch, sit and stay training, to more advanced lessons for tricks and agility, these dogs are up for the challenge. They are always looking forward to having playmates and playdates.
Pumped up dogs who are very agile,active and prefer outdoors. They are historically bred to hunt, work or sport. Though all dogs need exercise, they require regular exercise not just to keep them in shape and healthy.
Forceful dogs are virougus; they may strain themselves wearing the leash, break obstacle courses and devour their food. If not properly trained, they are not advised around kids and the elderly without supervision.
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USUAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
Please take note of the following health diseases Akita Inu usually encounter.
Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Sebacecous adenitis (SA)
GROOMING YOUR AKITA INU
Good hygiene is essential for all dogs, but it is especially important for those with thicker coats like the Akita. Their coat should be brushed once or twice per week to keep it clean and free of mats. A brush with rough bristles should be used to work out large knots in mats or tangles, rather than pulling on them which can damage the coat.
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