Akita Inu Dog Breed Explained
The Akita Inu Dog Breed is a large dog originating in Japan. The word Inu means dog in Japanese, though in practice this breed is commonly known as "Akita-ken".
Akita Inu's are considered a dignified and devoted breed of dog, certainly a powerful and protective pet that makes for a fantastic guard dog or watch dog.
They are independent and strong willed which can make the Akita difficult to train for some owners.
The Akita Inu is a large breed of dog, not the best choice for novice owners!
Owner of this breed should be the Alpha male. You need to be assertive in showing this breed its place in the pack. Some basic experience in dog behaviour would also be a plus.
Akita's are by nature suspicious of unknown people/animals, and ought to be well socialised to avoid unwanted aggressiveness. Left unaccompanied in the backyard or in a kennel, they can acquire personality problems, which could become destructive due to boredom.
The Akita Inu dog breed is a dominant breed. They will expect other dogs to be submissive. Akita's are also pack oriented, so isolating may cause stress.
Most experienced owners recommend Akita Inu's should not be taken off their leash around other breeds in a park environment due to their dominant behaviour.
You should always remember they are large, strong breed, making them difficult to restrain if the dog is not trained correctly.
Akita Inu dog breed is usually excellent with children they consider part of their own family.
However, they are sometimes not keen of other children and stand offish with strangers. They are however a very intelligent calm dog, although may still be somewhat of a challenge when it comes to dog breed training.
The Akita Ken is considered headstrong and stubborn, which may prove a small problem for inexperienced owners.
This breed would not be considered overly cuddle, but extremely loyal to their own family.
The height of the Akita Inu is normally between 24-28 inches. weighing between 75-115 pounds.
Their coat is harsh and straight, with a softer thick undercoat. There are various colours including white, brindle, red, silver and fawn. They sometimes have a mask or blaze on the face, though not all Akita's have this.
Grooming should to be done weekly to keep their coat in good condition, using a grooming rake or pin brush is best. You should also be aware that this breed sheds heavily on a seasonal basis, therefore grooming should be intensified during this time period.
Akita Inu Dog Breed Life Expectancy and Health Issues
Akita's are noted to live for about 10-13 years but there are are a number of health problems to be aware of, which include:
1) Canine herpesvirus, a strain of the Herpes virus that happens to affect canines
2) Gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), a condition associated with bloat
3) Pemphigus, which causes the autoimmune system to attack the dog's skin (leading to pustules)
4) Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), an adult-onset condition which gradual degeneration in the eye cells (i.e. rods & cones)
5) UveoDermatological Syndrome (UDS)
6) Sebaceous adenitis, an autoimmune condition which attacks and destroys the dog's sebaceous glands
7) Canine Hip Dysplasia
Akita Inu Dog Breed Explained in brief.
There is no doubt that Akita's are devoted protectors of owners and children. It is said that Japanese mothers frequently allowed their children to be left with Akita's to watch and protect them.
However, This devotedness will not expand to other children, particularly whenever teased. They may be distant with strangers. They are nevertheless excellent house dogs, particularly good as guard dogs, but known to be quiet, only barking when there is something to bark about. They require moderate and regular exercise on a daily basis.
The Akita Inu might take a long time to train since they are easily bored and stubborn. However, they are extremely intelligent, and will only obey a task if they see the point of it.
They are not trick dogs, and considered a very dominant breed. They will never take orders from a weak or abusive owner, and require a firm but loving master where "no" actually means "No" and never means absolutely "Never"!