The Akita Inu or as it is sometimes referred to as the Great Japanese Dog is a native of the Island of Honshu in the Akita Region of Japan and where it has remained unchanged for centuries. Today the Akita Inu is actually considered to be the national dog of Japan and has been designated a natural monument. The Akita Inu has been used for many things such as fighting dogs, dogs for hunting deer and bear as well as sled dogs. The first Akita Inu was brought to the USA by Helen Keller in 1937 and became even more popular when American Servicemen brought them back after World War II.
The Akita Inu is part of the AKC Working group and was admitted to the American Kennel Club in October 1972.
Height: 24-28 inches
Weight: 75-120 pounds
Longevity: 10-12 years
The Akita Inu is the largest of the Japanese Spitz-type breeds and the name is pronounced “Keeta”. It is a powerful, solid, and well proportioned but distinctive looking dog and has a strong, muscular but flat heavy head with a strong short muzzle. An Akita Inu is slightly longer than he is tall and has a broad deep chest and level back. It has small erect ears which are carried forward and in line with the dogs neck, whilst its eyes are dark brown and small and triangular in shape. The nose on the Akita Inu is generally black but it may sometimes be brown. The tail of the Akita Inu is carried high over its back and it is a fine swimmer because of the webbed cat like feet it has. The double coat consists of a harsh waterproof outer coat and an thick insulated under coat.
Colors: Pure White, Red, Sesame or Brindle.
Although the Akita Inu is a docile dog it can at time be quite impulsive as well as be very affectionate and careful with its family. They are both intelligent, courageous and fearless dogs and need very firm training as a puppy because they can be willful also. As a breed the Akita Inu is very faithful and thrives on companionship. It is important that this dog be kept on a lead when close to other dogs or animals as it can be very aggressive towards them. It is important to remember that Akita Inu’s if provoked may well bite. Unfortunately when training an Akita Inu you need patience as they tend to get bored quickly.
The Akita Inu is prone to suffer from Hip Displaysia as well as Hypothyroid and Autoimmune Thyroiditis. It may also suffer from immune diseases like VKH and Pemphigus as well as skin problems such as SA or those associated with the eyes patella such as PRA, Micro and Entropion. In some cases Akita Inu’s are prone to problems associated with the knees.
An Akita Inu can cope well with living in an apartment as long as it has sufficient exercise and they only need a moderate amount of exercise on a regular basis to keep them in shape.
The Akita Inu has a coarse stiff short haired coat which needs lots of grooming and they shed heavily twice a year. They should be brushed with a firm bristle brush and only bathed when it is absolutely necessary (as bathing will cause the natural waterproofing of their coat to be removed).
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