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Japanese Akita Dog Breed Profile

Japanese Akita
The Japanese Akita is the National Dog of Japan.

Other Names:
Akita Inu, Akita, Great Japanese Dog

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Origin: Japan

Breed Purpose: Bred as an Imperial guard dog. To hunt deer, bear and wild boar. A fighting dog. To pull sledges.

Kennel Club Dog Group: Utility

Height: Bitch 61-66cm., Dog 66-71cm.

Weight: Bitch 34-50kg., Dog 34-54kg.

Lifespan: 9-15 years

Exercise Needs: This is an agile dog that needs lots of exercise. This dog should be kept on lead as they can often challenge other dogs aggressively and will fight to the death if they feel they need to. The Akita loves to swim.

Feeding Needs: The Japanese Akita is not a fussy eater and eats small amounts when compared to the size of this dog.

Common Ailments: The Akita is prone to hip dysplasia, Entropion, (in-growing eyelashes.) They are allergic to anaesthetics, and have other eye problems including night blindness.

Physical Description: A large, Spitz type dog that is powerful, muscular and well proportioned. They have a heavy head and a short, strong muzzle. The ears are tri-angular shaped and erect. They are set over the eyes which gives the dog a hooded appearance. The neck is thick and muscular going down to strong, powerful shoulders and a compact body. The legs are well boned and strong. The tail is full and bushy and is carried over the back. The Akita has webbed feet and is an excellent swimmer. This dog has a double coat of a soft undercoat and a harsh, weatherproof top coat. The colours are solid white, red, sesame, and brindle.

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Japanese Akita K9 Obedience Dog Breed Summary:

The Japanese Akita is large, very strong, and intelligent.

They have strong guarding instincts and do not take kindly to strangers, visitors or even children that come to the home in many cases.

So fierce is this dog’s guarding instincts that they will bite very soon after becoming suspicious.

Such is their protective instincts to their family that Japanese mothers would let the family’s Akita dog look after the children, so sure was she that the dog would not let anyone near!

The Akita generally does not like other dogs or any other pets in the household, but as usual this is a generalisation which an experienced doggie person can ignore in most cases, but it is written for the majority and therefore we feel it is a valid statement.

They will be gentle and playful with their own children, but great care is needed when people come to visit. The Japanese Akita is dominant, fearless and self-willed.

This dog must only have an owner that understands the breed and has confidence in their training abilities to be able to keep this dog under control.

The Japanese Akita is definitely not the right breed for the average family looking for a pet dog.
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