Known for possible aggression, it is a fact that an Akita most incidences can be avoided if the dog is not put into a situation that brings out territorial behavior. This includes being with other dogs, particularly if the same gender and only being around children while supervised.
Signs that an Akita is agitated and may bite are: Standing between you and the offending person, forcefully pushing air out through the nostrils, quickly looking back and forth between you and someone else, and of course, growling.
Many are known to get along very well with cats, but this usually only happens if the cat is part of the household.
Whether it’s an expression of freedom or the need for occasional independence, the Akita tends to run away if given the opportunity. For this reason, if left outside alone, an owner must make sure that fencing and gates are very secure.
They can easily leap up to 3 feet, with this type of jump often referred to as “lion like”. They do it almost silently and land on all 4 paws at once.
Many say that this breed looks like a bear; longcoats are compared to Grizzly bears.
There has never been an Akita that has been proven to be free from the recessive long coat gene.
The only solid color possible is white. All other colors will be at least a 2 color combination. The colors may be patched or overlayed; overlays are when the undercoat is 1 color and the outer fur is of another.
Just about all have dark brown eyes and black noses.
It is a fact that the color of an Akita can change over the course of the first 3 years as puppy matures into adult.
There can be problems if the Akita only sees 1 person in the house as
the leader and other on his level or below - For this reason everyone
should take turns giving commands and feeding the dog.
They do best when fed a diet that is a blend of dry kibble with fresh fruits and vegetables mixed in. One day per week, they should be fed a much lighter diet, often referred to as fasting, even though they will be eating fruit and small meals.
Due to an inability to produce enough iodine, kelp supplements should be given on a regular basis.
The coat is water resistant; this means that effort must be put into allowing water to soak down through the fur when giving baths.
The Akita shedding cycle brings about a twice a year shedding that is rather intense. It is the inner layer, close to the skin, that sheds. For this reason, the hairs often become trapped in the coat. This can block air flow to the body and cause problems. An owner must take care to rake through the coat each day during this 3 week phase to free the coat of all of those loose hairs.
A famous saying for the Akita is: “Fierce as a Samurai, gentle as a kitten” to describe his temperament.
Before being a common household pet and companion, this breed was a hunter. In some areas, a bear hunter…in other places, fish and deer were his prey.
He is in the Spitz family, which surprisingly includes the tiny 4 to 7 pound Pomeranian.
They are infamous for not showing reaction to pain; this can be troubling for owners who have a hard time knowing if their dog has been injured or is ill.
With a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years, it is believed by many that before the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during WWII that they had longer life spans, perhaps reaching up to 15 years.
Many Akita dogs are not afraid of heights, there has been many reports of them jumping off 2nd story patios without hesitation…unfortunately they can be injured just like any other dog.
Males do not become aggressive toward other males until the age of 6 to 12 months. Females will not show aggression toward other females until they enter their first heat cycle, which happens just around the 1 year mark.
While litters can range in size from only 3 to a whopping 12, the typical litter will be 7 newborns.
A litter of puppies can consist of all different colors and patterns…and a long coat can be born with standard coats.
There is no such thing as a Miniature Akita, when someone makes this reference they are often speaking about the Shiba Inu, a dog that looks similar but is much smaller in size, only 17 to 23 lbs. (8 to 10 kg).
The cost of an AKC registered purebred can range between $750 and $2000 USD, with lower pricing for pets and higher pricing for show or breeding dogs.
Whether someone has a Japanese type or an American type (whose origin is the country of Japan), it is common to give the Akita a Japanese name. Some interesting ones are: Gen, meaning Spring…Kitsune meaning Fox and Maemi, meaning Honest Child.
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