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Description: The Akita is a striking breed who is a large, powerful, alert, well-balanced dog with much substance and heavy bone. They have a deep muzzle, small triangular eyes, erect ears, and a large single or double curled tail. The Akita's head is triangular and their jaws are large and powerful. Akitas are renowned for their fierce love, loyalty and obedience to their owners. Akitas are the largest of the Japanese Spitz-type breeds and have webbed feet, which makes them very strong swimmers. The Akita, or Shishi Inu as they are sometimes called, are of the Northern type breeds in which they have a distinct tail curled over the back. The Japanese bred them as a fighting dog with a great temperament. They need space and should not be confined. They are very devoted to their families, and are a brave and courageous breed. Akitas are very intelligent and are for the most part obedient, but may have an independent and curious streak once in a while. They do not like being bored, and should be mentally and physically stimulated every day. If they get bored they tend to get noisier and less obedient, but they simply need attention from the owner they are so devoted to.
Type: Northern Breeds
Height: 24 - 28
Colors: Any colors
including white, brindle and pinto, with or without a mask.
Akitas are loyal and courageous companions that are affectionate with their
own families but wary of strangers. Akitas make excellent guard dogs though
they are usually good natured and quiet. They can also be stubborn at times
and require socialization in order to get along with a range of people. Akitas
are also an active, independent, dignified, and bold breed though they
may be aggressive toward other dogs. Akitas are very smart, courageous and inquisitive.
They tenacious and devoted to family, playful, quiet and attentive. They are
also quite obedient, but if they are bored they may get less obedient and less
quiet as time goes on. They can be stubborn and must be shown what to do in
order to do it, they do not like being forced.
Watch-dog: Very High.
Care and Training:
Akitas require daily brushing to bring out the best of their coat. They shed
twice a year. Bathe them only when necessary. Akitas need daily exercise as
they have a lot of muscle. Daily exercise is essential. Early obedience is necessary
to prevent aggression against other dogs.
Health Issues: Autoimmune disorders, degenerative myelopathy, hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), and other eye problems.
Life Span: 10 - 12 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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