Akita Dog

AKITA DOG BREED (JAPANESE)

Description:

This breed is originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. in 1931, Akita was officially declared a Japanese Natural Monument. Akita is very appreciated, and in ancient times these pets belonged only to the nobles and aristocrats. They were in the Imperial Guard, engaged in hunting wild boar, bear and waterfowl. The breed is considered to be the largest of the Spitz family. Nowadays, Akita is the most faithful companion and caretaker.

Weight: 75-120 pounds.  Height: 24-26 inches.  Life expectancy: 12-15 years

Characteristics:

The Akita is a powerful, independent and dominant breed with strong and muscular body. Akita is bold, still, sympathetic and noble breed. These animals are very restrained and behave with dignity.

Character:

By nature, Akita is very responsive and loves contact with humans. These dogs are very devoted to their family but remain very wary of strangers. They are seriously protective of their territory, and particularly aggressive toward dogs and other pets. Akita is an excellent watchdog, requires a lot of attention, so it is not advisable to leave them alone at home. This breed is not recommended for people with no experience.

Coat / Care:

Akita has two coat types. The outer layer is hard and straight, and inner coat is soft, and since it is closer to the body, maintains the body temperature. The hair on the head and ears is short, and most abundant is a long tail. They shed twice a year. According to standards, Akita`s coat color is pure white, all types of brindle and differing colors of undercoat. His hair needs careful care and daily combing. Bathe the dog only in extreme necessity, with a mild shampoo to protect the coat and prevent the removal of natural skin oils. It is important that the lower layer of the coat is of their natural function.

Training:

Akita requires intensive training, including hard training methods, and yet, the dog should be treated with kindness and respect.

Activity:

Akita does not require a large variety of exercises, but needs daily walks in the fresh air. This breed is not suitable for apartments; its temperament requires a house with extensive yard. It is advised to keep Akita on a leash in order to avoid aggressive encounters with other pets. This dog enjoys participating in family activities.


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