Akita

Akita

ORIGIN

The Akita is a large breed of dog originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. Japanese history, both verbal and written, describes the ancestors of the Akita, the Matagi dog. The story of Hachikō, the most revered Akita of all time, helped push the Akita into the international dog world. Each year on April 8 since 1936, Hachikō’s devotion has been honored with a solemn ceremony of remembrance at Tokyo’s Shibuya railroad station. In 1931, the Akita was officially declared a Japanese Natural Monument.

TEMPERAMENT

The Akita is generally seen as territorial about its property, and can be reserved with strangers. They are known to be intolerant of other dogs of the same sex, as stated in the AKC breed standard. Since it is a large, powerful dog, the Akita is not considered a breed for a first time dog owner. The Akita is a large, strong, independent and dominant dog. Akitas tend to take a socially dominant role with other dogs, and thus caution must be used in situations when Akitas are likely to be around other dogs, especially unfamiliar ones. The Akita is said to be careful, courageous, fearless, and intelligent. Sometimes spontaneous, it needs a confident, consistent handler, without which the dog will be very wilful and may become very aggressive to other dogs and animals.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Demanding since the Akita is all muscle, it needs lots of exercise.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

From 66 to71 cm (M) and 61–66 cm (F) / From 45–59 k g (M) to 32–45 kg (F).

COAT

There are two coat types in the Akita, the standard coat length and the long coat. The long coat is considered a fault in the show ring, however, they still make good pets. The long coat is also known as ‘Moku’.

COLOR

Pinto, all types of brindle, solid white, black mask, white mask, self-colored mask and red, fawn, sesame, brindle, pure white, all with “Urajiro” markings.

GROOMING

Daily brushing, bathe every few months , toenails monthly and ears should be cleaned once a week.

(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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