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Some FAQs about Akita Inu​

On average, owning an Akita will cost you approximately $4,000 for the first year (including the puppy cost) and approximately $1,500 for subsequent years just to cover all the basics.

The Akita is not an ideal dog for first-time owners since they have complex personalities and are therefore generally hard to train. 

When it comes to the lifespan of Shiba Inu, it is often said that the average lifespan of a healthy Shiba Inu is around 13 to 16 years.

They’re basically giant teddy bears. An Akita won’t cuddle with just anyone. If you are lucky enough to nap with one, you’ll never know how ever slept before. Of course, you won’t be able to move because they’re big enough to take up most of the bed, and your leg will fall asleep… but it’s totally worth it.

The Akita was bred to be a guard dog, and their skepticism of other people and dogs stem from their deep devotion to their humans. … Dubbed the “most loyal dog in the world,” Hachiko would greet his owner at the train station every day after work.

Akita Inu make excellent guard dogs. They are used by the police and military in Japan for security. They give no warning before an attack and can be friendly one minute then turn aggressive in the blink of an eye. As mentioned in the Personality section, food aggression is very common with this breed of dog.

The Akita dog protects its family. Because of its fighting dog background, it can be aggressive toward other dogs. The Shiba Inu, on the other hand, is often more tolerant of other dogs. And if you live in a smaller space or a shared environment — like in an apartment building — the Shiba Inu is better suited to adapt

American Akitas are larger and heavier, come in a number of different colors and frequently have a black mask on their faces. The Japanese Akitas, in contrast, are smaller, come in orange and white, brindle or pure white, and may not have a black mask.

They are best suited to a one-dog household. With family, the Akita is affectionate and playful. … The naturally protective Akita has a propensity to become aggressive if allowed, or if they aren’t raised properly. Training the Akita is essential, and so is proper socialization from an early age.

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*Please Note: It is difficult to know which breeder is trustworthy when you are in another country. But fortunately there are reputable associations that can guarantee the quality of breeders who are members of their association. These can be mentioned as Japan Kennel Club – JKC, The Kennel Club of Japan – KC or Nihonken Hozonkai – 日保 and many other associations (JABC, JCC, ICC, CPRO, JCU, KCP, ACC, CCJ, KCC, NMSA, WCA, JMSA, ZCC). Dogs and Cats sold by breeders belonging to these associations are always accompanied by a pedigree certificate.

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Akita Inu

Akita was first developed in 19th-century Japan as a fighting dog, before breeders in the USA took an interest. Also known as the American Akita, this handsome dog has a quiet dignity but tends to be domineering with other dogs. Without an experienced owner to set the rules at a young age, it may become wayward or aggressive.

Height range
61–71cm (24–28in)

Weight range
32–59kg (71–130lb)

Life span 10–12 years

Smaller than the Akita, it is thought that the Japanese Akita Inu originated from northern Japanese hunting dogs. Once considered a type of Akita, it was recognized as a distinct breed in the 1990s. The Japanese Akita Inu can be territorial and protective so needs to be well trained and socialized from puppyhood.

Height range
58–70cm (23–28in)

Weight range
35–55kg (77–120lb)

Life span 10–12 years

The Breed History

First written records date to the 17th century, where in the Akita Prefecture of Honshu in Northern Japan (Dewa), breeding programs were instituted to produce a sensible hunting dog. At this time, ownership of Akita dogs was restricted to the aristocracy. Their esteem was held so high that in some places they were assigned individually hired caregivers who provided special care. This ancient Japanese dog breed is also cemented in certain spiritual traditions wherein the dog represents good health, and a statue gift of the dog for a new addition to a family represents wishes for health, happiness and a long life for the child. This statue gift is also sent as a get-well message for those ailing. They are of Spitz type, and the ancient progenitor genes came into Japan with migrating Siberian nomads a very long time ago.

Akitas may also include in their heritage crosses of Chow-Chows with Tosa (Shikoku) and Kari dogs. In spite of the special status of this breed, at times, the popularity fell off to the point of near
extinction. In 1931, Japan named the breed a national monument. Helen Keller was credited with importing the first specimens of the breed to America. The AKC first registered Akitas in 1972.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: female 24-26” (61-71 cm), male 26-28” (66-71 cm).

Weight: females 75-85lb (34-38.5 kg), males 85-110 lb (38.5-50 kg).

Coat: They have a thick double coat with medium length outer coat hair, and are accepted in many colors including brindle, pinto, or white. The undercoat may be a different color. The outer coat stands up and is harsh and straight while the undercoat is soft, dense and short. Some lines have longer hair than the average, though this variation is not considered correct for show.

Longevity: 11-12 years

Recognized Behavior Issues and Traits

Traits ascribed to this breed include: Adaptability and intelligence, requires close human companionship, friendly, loyal and docile. They are also described as intelligent, possessing high perseverance; an alert and a faithful companion. Will tend to show aggression towards other dogs so they are best kept solo unless socialized from puppyhood, and even then they may still assert themselves. Needs an experienced owner to perform successful obedience training due to their strong personalities. Dignified carriage, active, independent, aloof with strangers but tend to bark only when a threat is real.

Akitas have a strong guarding instinct, and will capably defend home and family. Need plenty of mental stimulation to prevent boredom vices. They have a high shedding tendency. Should be supervised with children and pets, as they can attack members of their own family.

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