This dog enjoys cold weather and has a bold and independent personality. It is protective and with proper training, will make a great companion.
Although the origin date of this Japanese dog is unknown, it was originally used for hunting large game, and guarding. This breed is a member of the spitz family of dogs and has a short, double coat. The Akita arrived to America in 1937 when Helen Keller returned with one from her trip to Japan. They are very tenacious, independent, stubborn, and bold, yet affectionate dogs. It is devoted to its family and makes an excellent guard dog. Some may be reserved with strangers and other dogs, but with proper socialization from an early age, they will get along with other pets. They make excellent companions, however they require daily mental and physical exercise. Because this breed is large, strong, and independent, the most suitable owners are experienced dog handlers, active individuals, and families with older children. The Akita is capable of living outside in temperate and cool climates. Brushing once per week is required to remove any dead hair, other than that, they require minimal maintenance.
Breed Details & Traits
Height: Male: 25-28"; Female: 23-26"
Weight: Male: 85-115 lb; Female: 65- 90 lb
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Independent, Stubborn, Watchdog, Working group,
Common Health Concerns for Akita:
- Cruciate Ligament Rupture
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Gastric Torsion
- Hip Dysplasia
- PRA-Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Sebaceous Adenitis
Less Common Concerns for Akita:
- Patellar Luxation
- Renal Cortical Hypoplasia
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