Loyal and loving dogs – perfect for active households.
The Akita is best known for its adorable look and incredibly loyalty. This large dog thrives in active households and does best with 2+ hours of exercise a day. Whether you are going for long walks, playing tennis, or just going to the park with your children – this breed will thank you for letting them join. Akitas are known for getting incredibly attached to their owners and often experience separation anxiety.
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Did you know?
Akitas are known for their cleanliness. The breed is frequently compared to a cat because of its frequent grooming and cleaning.
The breed have a diverse look, although are possibly better known for being pure White or White with some variation. The British Kennel Club actually recognises around 25 standard breed colours, including:
- Red and Black
- Silver with Black mask
- And Pinto.
The breed originated in Japan and was trusted to guard and hunt. However, the breed we typically see today was developed in America. The newer Akita is much sturdier with stronger bones and substance. The original Japanese Akita (called the Akita Inu) is still present today in Japan. They share a similar look, but the Akita Inu is much more petite and has fewer breed colours.
Did you know?
Akitas are actually pretty fond of the water. It’s thought that the reason is because they were originally tasked by Japanese fishermen to herd fish into nets.
What types of home does an Akita suit?
Active and experienced pet owners with larger homes is usually recommended for this breed. This is because of the sheer size of the Akita (averaging 61-74cms in height and 34-50kg in weight) and their love of exercise.
They are actually the largest breed in the Utility group. This is a breed for miscellaneous dog breeds which have a non-sporting origin. A breed which shares this group is the Dalmation.
Training an Akita dog
They are incredibly intelligent and often pick up things very quickly. This is a good and bad thing as this often includes bad habits too! The Akita breed responds best to consistent and positive reward-based training. Having a firm but fair approach works well.
Early and thorough socialisation is important too. Their history as protective guard dogs mean they can often mistakenly think another animal or human is a threat and bark at them.
Did you know?
The Akitas were built for snow walking and actually have webbed toes!
Grooming an Akita
Akita dogs have short fur but it’s incredibly dense. This means that your hoover will get a great workout because they shed (a lot).
Regular brushing to remove the dead hairs is advised to keep their fur looking great. It’s recommended to brush them weekly as a minimum. Although during warmer months where the Akita sheds more, you should brush their fur frequently.
Those seeking a loyal and dedicated family pet, look no further.
It’s true that any love an Akita receives, they will return it tenfold to their family. Although, due to their sheer size it’s not usually recommended if you have small children. This is because they may knock the smaller children over without meaning to.
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