The Akita inu, also known as Jaanese Akita, or simply Akita, is probably the best known and most well loved Japanese dog breed.
They became hugely popular due to the story of Hachiko an extremely faithful dog and the films made by that story. Not only is the Akita one of the most faithful dogs but there are many interesting facts about this breeds origin, character and other details which can better help us to care for them.
In the year 1603, dogs that came from the region of Akita were known as matagi Akits and were used for two centuries as fighting dogs. Later in the middle of the 19th century, they were crossed with mastiff and tosser breeds, both of which contributed to the size of these animals. In early part of the 20th century, the breed began to be used less for dog fighting and became more of the companion animal.
In 1931, the Akita Inu was designated a historical monument in Japan, these dogs practically disappeared during the 2nd world war as the government rounded up the dogs to prevent spreaf of disease and be used as a source of both, food and firm. Almost on the brink of the exctinction, several breeders returned to lok for the specimens and several crosses were carried out to return the Akita to it's original standard, the one we know today.
The Akita Inu stands as a large, well-balanced doog of strong build. We can see that it has pointed ears, a curled tail and a double layer of fur which can be tawny, red, sesame, tabby, or white in color. Males grow to be about 67 centimeters or 26 inches at the withers, while females are around 61 centimeters, which is about 24 inches.
We could say that faitfullness is the best known characteristics of Akita Inu behavior, they can surprise you. They are a can-do silent perceptive dog, which create incredibly strong bonds with their owners, and in general, all members of the family unit. They can get along with all kinds of people and pets, but you need to pay specific attention to the socialization stage, something we will discuss in a moment.
The Akita Inu is a dog that requires daily brushing on regular basis to keep their thick coat in condition. You also need to pay special attention to cleaning their teeth and ears, as well as emptying their anal glands when necessary. This will all help to prevent the development of certain diseases.
It's imperative to recognize how active is the Akita, so, we need to offer a minimum of two to three daily walks, combined with some vigorous physical excercise and mental stimulation. Only in this way, can we encourage a balanced and positive character of these dogs.
The Akita Inu is a dog which can be guarded around other individuals if not properly socialized. For this reason, it's important to present them with all kinds of people and animals during their early stage, especially between the first four weeks and three months of life. We need to help ensure these are positive experiences. We also need to teach them basic education, such as urinating outside and inhibiting their bite. Later when the puppy is more grown, you need to teach them basic commands, fundamental for building the bond between dog and human.
We should remember that the Akita is considered potentially dangerous dog in some countries, such as Spain. For this reason they may need a muzzle in public places, make sure you acquaint them to this tool properly through positive reinforcement.
This breed is prone to some hereditary diseases including hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. To prevent and promptly detect and health problem, we advice to visit veterinarian every 6 to 12 months, follow the vaccination schedule and deworm regulary. With adewuate care, the Akita has life expectancy of between 10 to 15 years.
There you go, some facts about Akita Inu dog breed.
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