- Origin: Japan
- Group: Working
- Weight: 35-60 kg
- Height: 61 – 71 cm
- Colors: black, white, brown, tiger
- Training: Easy to train
- Care: short fur
- Health: Predisposed to hip dysplasia
- Puppies: 7-8
- Average age: 11 -15 years
- Other names: Akita, Akita Inu, Japanese Akita dog
Akita Inu is native to Honshu Island in the Akita region of Japan where it has remained unchanged for centuries. Akita Inu is considered a Japanese national dog and is one of the seven races considered a natural monument. The breed has been used in many fields, including polish and army, guard (for government and civilians), fighting dog, hunting dog (bears, deer, etc.) or sled dog.
Akita Inu is a versatile hunting dog able to hunt in unfavorable weather conditions. His carefully controlled bite recommended him in the hunting of birds. He is considered a sacred dog and a good luck in Japan, making small statuettes with him.
After the Second World War he arrived in America. Now there are two types of Akita, the original Akita Inu Japanese breed and the Akita american breed. The dimensions of the American dog are different from those of the Japanese dog. In Japan and in the mountains, Akita Inu and Akita are considered to be two different breeds, and Canada and the United States are considered to be one breed. Japanese Akita is less common than American Akita.
One of the first concerns when it comes to akita is the diet. If the diet is not correct it can raise your dog’s health problems, it may have gastric problems or bloating that are not pleasant. The dog’s stomach does not work and is not identical to the men’s, that is a reason why the dog needs a different diet. Unpleasant ballooning at first leads to a great discomfort that turns into pain and eventually to the death of the dog. The more this problem goes on and is treated later it can lead to surgery.
For gastric problems, a set of vitamins and nutrients has been established for this breed alone. If the animal refuses to eat do not force it, it is best to consult a veterinarian. Assuming that the above problems are not to go to the dog’s actual feed. It should generally be fed twice a day with fresh food with fewer preservatives and E-ones. A diet based on meat and high protein is recommended. There are some exemplatives that do not favor fish meat but it is good to know that their stomach digests fish meat very well.
It can be gradually introduced into the diet so that the animal can become accustomed to taste. Long time this breed has consumed large amounts of rice, it is also recommended. Other can be: cabbage, green beans, pork, potatoes, chicken. It is good to avoid corn and beef. Another problem is obesity. Processed foods and foods containing preservatives and salts should be avoided. Gaining weight the animal can lead to tendon weakness, followed by other health problems.
It is a massive dog, balanced with the flat skull between the ears. It has strong and wide jaws. The nose is big and black. The ears characteristic of the breed are small in relation to, namely, the large head, are at the base, of the triangular shape, slightly rounded to the top. He has strong teeth with bite in scissors. The thick, muscular, relatively short neck rests on the shoulders.
The well articulated legs end up with thick cushions. The fur is thick and soft, the head and ears shorter, except for the tail where the hair is the longest. The colors are clear and brilliant. He is lively and powerful. The height varies from 60-70 cm. Females are a little smaller. The weight varies between 35-55 kg.
Akita is a docile, intelligent, brave and fearless dog. He is careful and very affectionate with his family. Sometimes spontaneously, he needs an authoritative master, otherwise he can become aggressive with other animals. He needs regular daily exercise to stay fit. Long outdoor walks are a pleasure.
The fur needs regular care. A periodic brush is especially pleasing to him if he is taught little with him. This avoids hair loss throughout the house if raised in the apartment. This breed flies sheds twice a year.
Training should be firm and it is recommended to do it when it is still a puppy. Instinctively they try to be leaders, it is a thing specific to the race. When you decide to buy an akita, it’s a good idea to get yourself started knowing who the leader is. They consider that the hierarchy is well defined in the group.
If he is given the chance to think he is the leader then he will begin to become possessive and behavioral problems may arise. Considered a first-class dog in Japan, Japanese women leave their children in their care.
They are extremely loyal, but they must be supervised when left with other animals or small children. Although it is a docile and tolerant race with children in the family, if not taught that all family members are masters, when something does not suit them can be imposed by the bite.
These things depend on the quality of the training. To train an akita requires patience and understanding, the dog tends to get bored quickly. It is good to know that Akita Inu barks, like any dog, but not excessive.
It can adapt to apartment life if taken out daily to consume energy and move. He is a moderate dog in terms of energy.
Dogs of the Akita breed are predisposed to hip dysplasia. They may have thyroid problems and skin and sometimes eye problems. There were also problems with the roulale.
The female breds 3 to 12 puppies, averaging 7-8.
Life expectancy is 10-12 years.