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Akita


General Information - Akita


Group:
Utility

Size:
large

Lifespan:
10-12 years

Exercise:
medium

Grooming:
medium

Trainability:
medium

Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
high

Area of Origin:
Japan

Date of Origin:
1600s

Other Names:
American Akita

Original Function:
large game hunting



History

This breed derives its name from a region in the north of Japan, known as the Prefecture of Akita. The Akita, dating back some 300 years, descends from the Spitz family of dogs. It was originally used as a hunting dog, tracking black bears, wild boar and deer. So admired were they, that only the Japanese royalty and nobility were permitted to own them. Later on, the Akita also served as a police and guard dog, and finally as highly-esteemed house pet and family protector. The breed's popularity increased in the United States after WWII when servicemen returning from Japan brought the Akitas home with them. These dogs and a few imports formed the basis for the breeding lines in America.

Temperament

The Akita's character has several admired qualities: he is alert, courageous, and friendly with people, although occasionally aggressive with other dogs. Early obedience and wide socialisation is required to be assured that your dog will be well behaved with children and other dogs. A dog for the experienced.

Upkeep

The Akita appreciates mental and physical exercise every day. It needs the chance to run in a safe area or on leash for a long jog. Given ample exercise and training, it can be a quiet and well-mannered house dog. The Akita is able to live outdoors in temperate or cool climates, but it is happiest if it can spend most of its time with its family. The coat needs brushing about once a week to remove dead hair, more often when shedding.