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Akita

Overview

AKC Height:

24-28 inches

AKC Weight:

70-130 pounds

Colors:

Any color including white, brindle, or pinto. Colors are brilliant and clear and markings are well balanced, with or without a mask or blaze.

Life Expectancy:

10-13 years

Group:

Working Group

Akita: A Symbol of Nobility and Courage

Welcome to our in-depth guide on the Akita, a breed renowned for its dignified stature and loyal temperament. This page is devoted to exploring the unique attributes and care of the Akita, a breed that embodies nobility and strength.

Overview

AKC Height: 24-28 inches

AKC Weight: 70-130 pounds

Colors: Any color including white, brindle, or pinto. Colors are brilliant and clear and markings are well balanced, with or without a mask or blaze.

Life Expectancy: 10-13 years

Group: Working Group

Physical Characteristics

  • Size and Build: Akitas are large and powerful dogs, with males typically standing 26 to 28 inches at the shoulder. They have a robust, muscular build, reflecting their spitz heritage.
  • Coat and Appearance: The Akita boasts a dense double coat, which can be any color including white, brindle, or pinto. Their bear-like head and alert expression are distinctive features of the breed.

Temperament and Personality Akitas are known for their loyalty and can be affectionate with family members. They are naturally reserved and may be wary of strangers, making them excellent watchdogs. Their temperament combines courage with composure and dignity.

Training and Socialization

  • Training: Akitas are intelligent but can be strong-willed, making consistent, patient training essential. Positive reinforcement methods work best.
  • Exercise Needs: They require regular exercise to maintain physical and mental well-being. Daily walks, along with play sessions, are ideal.
  • Socialization: Early socialization is crucial for Akitas to develop well-adjusted behavior. Exposing them to various people, environments, and situations is beneficial.

Health and Nutrition

  • Diet: A balanced diet suitable for large breeds is necessary. Akitas can do well on high-quality commercial or home-prepared diets (as advised by a vet).
  • Common Health Concerns: The breed is prone to certain health issues like hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism. Regular veterinary check-ups and health screenings are important.

Grooming and Care

  • Coat Maintenance: Their thick coat requires regular grooming, especially during shedding seasons. Brushing a few times a week helps manage shedding.
  • Overall Care: Regular nail trimming, ear cleaning, and dental care are essential to keep them in good health.

Living with an Akita

  • Family Dynamics: Akitas are loyal to their family and can be good with children if raised with them. Their protective nature should be channeled appropriately.
  • Adaptability: They adapt well to different living environments but need sufficient space for exercise.
  • Long-Term Commitment: Akitas form deep bonds with their owners. They require a commitment to their exercise, training, and grooming needs.

Responsible Ownership and Adoption

  • Choosing a Breeder: It’s important to select a reputable breeder who focuses on the health and temperament of their Akitas.
  • Adoption: Consider adopting from shelters or breed-specific rescues where Akitas may be waiting for a new home.

Conclusion The Akita is a majestic and loyal breed, known for its noble demeanor and strong character. They make wonderful companions for those who appreciate their distinctive traits and are willing to invest in their care and training. An Akita in your life brings a blend of dignity, loyalty, and quiet strength.

Description

Akitas want to be a part of the family. They need moderate exercise, although regular exercise is important. A strong, securely fenced yard is a must. Twice-weekly brushing is required, along with monthly bathing. Akitas typically have moderate to heavy seasonal shedding.

Temperament

Akitas are generally cautious with strangers. It is important to properly socialize puppies. Dogs that are not raised around children may not tolerate their behavior. Akitas are independent, but they are loyal to their owners. They make good watch dogs, and can be aggressive toward other dogs.

Akita Housebreaking

Housebreaking the Akita requires consistency on your part. Dogs are creatures of habit, and knowing the tips and tricks of training will make the process so much easier and less stressful.

Puppy Housebreaking     Adult Marking & Retraining

Find a Puppy: Akita

If you are looking for a puppy or adult dog, please read our important information on choosing a puppy from a breeder and adopting a dog from a rescue. There are good dog breeders and good dog rescues and there are bad dog breeders and bad dog rescues. Our information will help you to make an informed decision and will give you tips on what to look for and what to avoid.

Pet shops are not the best place to look for a puppy. Dogs from pet shops often come from puppy mills, and puppy mill dogs are often kept in unhealthy conditions. The best way to end puppy mills is to rescue or buy from reputable sources.

Nutrition

The Akita should only be fed high-quality dog food targeted toward the dog’s age, whether puppy, adult, or senior. Avoid cooked bones and food with high fat content. Talk to your veterinarian if you have concerns about your dog’s weight.

Training

The Akita is extremely eager to please their owners. At the very least, these dogs can benefit from learning basic commands, like sit, come, and stay. Because this breed is highly intelligent and easily bored, it is important to give them multiple challenging toys to keep this breed occupied.

Health

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Watch for PRA (Eye Disease), and Autoimmune disorders.