Akita – Characteristics Temperament Health and Training


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Akitas are one of the most popular breeds in America, with Akita puppies being some of the most sought after. Akitas are large, powerful dogs that were originally bred for hunting wild boar and bear in Japan. Akitas also make great companions for people who live in apartments or homes with small yards because their energy levels tend to be low.

Akita Temperament

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Akitas can be aggressive towards other animals so it is important to socialize them early on especially if they will not have a fenced yard. They usually get along well with children but must always be supervised around smaller ones due to their size and strength. Akitas need lots of exercise which means daily walks at least an hour-long plus time running off-leash every day too! Akitas love cold weather and don’t like to be hot. Akitas tend to drool a lot and shed twice a year with heavier shedding during this time. Akitas don’t bark much and can be observed as independent however they tend to attach themselves deeply to their owner/family which makes them rather sensitive and territorial too. Akitas are very smart but can also be stubborn & difficult to train; Akitas should only be given as much exercise as they want, not as much as you think they need. Akitas like to roam around outside and like digging holes therefore it is recommended that Akita owners keep their yard fenced-in or Akitas on a leash when outside of the house because Akita’s might run away if left off-leash for extended periods of time. Akitas often do well with other animals within the family (including pets) and with Akita-friendly dogs however Akitas should always be supervised when meeting another dog.

Akita Health

Akitas like to eat grass and vomit very regularly which is due to their unique digestive system (dogs cannot digest tomatoes, grapes, & raisins; Akita owners can give their Akita pumpkin or cottage cheese to help prevent vomiting). Akitas are known to have many health-related problems including hip/elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, cancer, pemphigus, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), entropion of the eyelid, immune-mediated hematological disorder (IMHA), sensitivity to anesthetics or sedatives, demodicosis (a type of mange), bad teeth which need frequent dental care, and skin & allergy problems. Akitas are also prone to bloat (gastric-dilatation volvulus) which is potentially life-threatening; Akita owners should always be aware of the symptoms of bloat which include: restlessness, excessive salivation, heavy panting, vomiting, pacing, trying to vomit but not being able to produce anything & distended abdomen. Akitas can live up to 10 years or longer with responsible Akita ownership but Akitas like other breeds should not be allowed to run free outside because it could lead them into dangerous situations.

Akita Training

Akita training is a bit more difficult than other types of breeds because Akitas are strong-willed and independent. Akitas will only obey a command if they understand why it’s being asked. Akitas typically need to be socialized at a young age because Akitas can be very territorial and aggressive if not properly introduced to other people, animals, or environments. Akitas can learn commands in English or Japanese, but Akitas tend to respond better in Japanese because it’s their mother tongue.

Akitas are a great breed to own if you (or your Akita) need lots of exercises and don’t mind the shedding. Akitas can be difficult to train but they respond well to commands in Japanese. Akitas should only be given as much exercise as they want, not as much as their owner thinks is necessary for them. Akitas like cold weather and tend towards aggression when meeting other animals or people; owners should socialize these dogs at an early age because Akita’s will typically bond deeply with their family members which makes them sensitive and territorial too.

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