AKITA DOG BREED (JAPANESE)
The Akita dog breed is originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. in 1931, Akita has 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
The Akita is a powerful, independent and dominant breed with the strong and muscular body. Akita is bold, still, sympathetic and noble breed. These animals are very restrained and behave with dignity.
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:
The 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.
The Akita Dog Breed likely health problems are Hip Dysplasia; Uveodermatologic Syndrome and Sebaceous Adenitis, a disease that ends in total hair loss ; an eye disease called Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) that causes blindness; an immune disorder called Acquired Myasthenia Gravis (MG); von Willebrand disease (VWD), a bleeding disorder; and immune system disorders that affect the skin such as Pemphigus Foliaceous (PF). The Akita Dog has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
The Akita Dog requires intensive training, including hard training methods, and yet, the dog should be treated with kindness and respect.
The 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 an 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.