Akita Advantage and challenges
Akita Physical Characteristics
Considered one of Japan’s national treasures, the Akitais a regal and hardy dog loved by fans around the world; this imposing dog is the 51st most popular breed registered with the AKC in the United States. The largest of the Japanese Spitz-type breeds, the handsome Akitawith its powerful body and bear-like head, is a truly distinctive animal. With the right owner, this majestic dog is an outstanding house pet.
Akita History and General Information
History and Origin
Native to the islandof Honshuin Japan, this versatile breed has remained unchanged for centuries. One of Japan’s earliest native breeds, the agile and athletic Akitacould originally only be owned by the Shogunate, for use as an Imperial guard dog and also as a royal hunting companion. Elk, antelope, boar and even bears were tracked tenaciously by the Akitafor their owners. The powerful dog would hold the animals at bay until royal hunters could make the kill. In 1931 the beloved and well-respected Akitawas designated by the Japanese government as a National Monument.
Highly intelligent and a consummate guard dog, this courageous pet is eager to please its owners - it likes nothing better than protecting you and spending quality time with you. Usually very patient with kids if it has been well socialized to them as a puppy, this dog should nevertheless never be fully trusted with children it doesn’t consider part of its family. Similarly, when raised with other animals in the home, the Akitausually will learn to co-exist, but this superb hunter is likely to consider any animals outside the home as prey, and is also innately aggressive towards other dogs. A securely fenced yard is an absolute must, and never walk your Akitaoff-leash if you wish to avoid neighborhood tragedy.
The Akitais susceptible to various health issues including hip dysplasia, eye problems, skin problems, bloat and autoimmune thyroid diseases.
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