Being named after the province of Akita in Japan, the breed came into existence in the 1600’s where they were used as guard and hunter dogs for the Japanese royalty. The Akita breed was first brought to America by none other than Helen Keller. When she saw the statue of Hachiko, an Akita who served his owner with utmost love and dedication, she wanted to take back one and the Japanese gifted her with an Akita. Soon it became more and more popular in the US and then the American Akita came into existence which is known to be comparatively more sturdy and robust. Finally in 1972, the American Kennel club accepted the Akita breed in the kennel breed club.
The Akita carries a very dignified personality with high sensitivity level and low barking tendencies being various traits of its personality. It has a poor tendency to tolerate hot weather while it basks in cold weather. This Japanese breed is highly renowned for its tales of loyalty.
- Activity level: 3/5 (can be lazy at times)
- Intelligence Level: 3/5 (sometimes has a mind on its own)
- Curious: 3/5 (curious)
- Friendliness: 3/5 (friendly)
- Vocal: 4/5 (very talkative)
The Akita has a gigantic body frame and can intimidate any other dog breed. It appears as lazy as it is with a big, hefty personality. It has a very low drooling potential and always appears as a neat and well-groomed pet without putting in a lot of hard work. This confident and dominating personality can even dominate its trainer if he/she isn’t too firm.
- Fur: The Akita breed has a short top coat and a very dense, plush under coat. The coat comes in different colors such as white, chocolate and brindle.
- Eyes: The breed has small, triangular eyes which are black in color. Blue-eyed Akita is not a pure breed and must be a cross with huskies.
- Body Structure: The Akita has a big and bold body structure with a large head and a massive stance. This confident and powerful breed can intimidate with its mere presence. Owing to its large and well- built structure, the breed is also called upon for help to train and take care of orphan tiger cubs.
- Facial Features: With moderate intensity in its eyes, the Akita is not a very expressive animal though it can always entertain with its vocal noises.
- Weight: The Akita generally weighs around 70-130 pounds with females weighing slightly lesser than that.
The Akitas are more or less a healthy breed with certain conditions that come with all the breeds. Hip dysplasia is a major condition where the thighbone doesn’t properly fit in with the hip joint. This condition can lead to serious arthritis problem. X-ray screening is the best diagnosis one can trust. Sebaceous adenitis is another such serious problem in Akitas where their skin dries up and loss of hair is another symptom. Biopsy is what your vet will perform once you take your Akita to him.
Akita needs a lot of cleaning up behind it in its shedding season. A bath in three months would do unless it is a mud-lover and monthly trimming of nails would be sufficient.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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