Akita Inu - Things You Need To Know
Everything You Would Want to Know About Akita Inu
Akita Inu also known as the Japanese 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 a Hachiko – an extremely faithful dog and the films made about him.
Not only is the Akita one of the most faithful dogs but there are many interesting facts about this breed’s origin, character and other details which can help us to care for them better.
In the year 1603 dogs that came from the region Akita were known as Matagi Akitas and were used for two centuries as fighting dogs.
Later in the middle of the 19th century, they were crossed with the mastiff and tosser breeds, both of which contributed to the increase in the size of these animals. In the early part of the 20th century, the breed began to be used less for dogfighting and became more of a companion animal.
In 1931 the Akita Inu was designated a historical monument in Japan. Sadly, these dogs practically disappeared during the Second World War as the government grounded up the dogs to prevent the spread of disease and to be used as a source of both food and fur, almost bringing them on the brink of extinction.
Several breeders returned to look for specimens, and several crosses were carried out to return the Akita to its original standard – the one we know today.
The Akita Inu stands out as a large, well-balanced dog of muscular builds. 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.
Males grow to be about 67 centimetres or 26 inches of the withers while females are around 61 centimetres which is about 24 inches. While we could say that fearful is the best-known characteristic of Akita Inu behaviour, they can surprise you.
They are a can-do silent and receptive 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.
The Akita Inu is a dog which requires daily brushing and 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 help to prevent the development of certain diseases.
Exercise and Training
It’s imperative we recognize how active is Akita. So, we need to offer a minimum of two to three daily walks combined with some vigorous physical exercise and mental stimulation. Only in this way can we encourage a balanced and positive character in these dogs.
The Akita is a dog which can be guarded around other individuals if not properly socialized. For this reason,* it’s essential to present them to all kinds of people and animals during their early stages* especially between the first four weeks and three months of life — moreover, its essential to make sure that these are positive experiences.
We also need to teach them basic training, such as urinating outside and inhibiting their bite. Later, when the puppy is more grown, we do teach them basic commands fundamental for building the bond between dog and human.
We should remember that Akita is considered a potentially dangerous dog in some countries such as Spain. For this reason, they may need a muzzle in public spaces to ensure you acquaint them to this tool properly through positive reinforcement.
This breed is prone to suffer some hereditary diseases, including hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. To both prevent and promptly detect any health problem it is advised you go to the veterinarian every 6 to 12 months, follow the vaccination schedule and deal with them regularly.
With adequate care, the Akita Inu can have a life expectancy of between 10 and 15 years.
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