Akita is a large and elegant companion dog. It is one of Japan's national dog breeds.
Initially, the Akita were guardians and protectors of important people in feudal Japan. In addition, they hunted wild boar, deer, and black bears. Some were also used in dogfighting.
Today, the breed is first and foremost a companion dog, although they are not uncommon as service dogs.
Many great qualities, but they can be demanding
Akitas are brave by nature, almost fearless. But to their owners, they are affectionate, friendly, loyal, proud, calm, and confident dogs, making fantastic companions.
Though, they are notoriously demanding dogs that are best suited for experienced dog owners. The Akita is an ancient dog. Many of its instincts remain intact, which can be challenging to manage.
Forget what you have learned before
There is an inherent stubbornness in the breed, so what you have learned about training previous dog breeds does not necessarily work on the Akita.
This breed may be aggressive towards other dogs (mostly same-sex aggression). The Akita is not aggressive towards humans.
Akitas can alert its owners when strangers arrive. It usually does not take them long to accept newcomers.
Socialization from an early age is essential to have a well-functioning Akita.
PS: Akitas may react negatively to prolonged eye contact. Keep this in mind when spending time with them.
How much barking?
Some Akita owners claim they have never heard their dog bark. This does not mean they are always silent. The Akita is known for making many sounds -but barking is not in their vocabulary.
Instead, they tend to make other sounds. "Mumbling", "grunting," and similar sounds are more often heard.
Is a lot of fur care required?
Akita's fur consists of a soft and dense undercoat and two layers of a striped outer coat. They shed a lot due to their intricate coat. Twice a year, they will go through a shedding process as the seasons change.
Expect dog hair lying around the house, both on clothes and furniture.
The maintenance itself is not particularly demanding. Brush through their coat weekly.
Bathe every few months, as needed.
Akita is generally a healthy breed, with a life expectancy of 10-14 years.
Hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) are the most common conditions that can affect us.
PS: Personalities vary between individuals.