Akita is a primitive type of dog. The origin is very interesting. Maybe a little reminiscent of a wolf or another dog. But it can also be a good pet.
The Japanese Akita is the oldest breed of dog in the world. The most respected of all Japanese domestic dogs. It comes from the province of Tohoku and ranks as the “Akita Matagi,” which means a dog to hunt bears.
Between 1630 and 1870, this dog was bred specifically for fighting. After that, Akita were crossbred with some kind of mastiff. Then further mixed with Tosa fighting dog, which comes from the Mastif Ahikoku. It is a medium-sized Japanese breed. In this way, Akita has lost its original shape and distinctive look. When the fighting outlawed, 1908 godnie, learned men have decided to preserve the breed.
Thanks to this and the law on nature conservation, in 1931 selected nine Akita and declared a natural monument. After World War II, invested all the necessary efforts to Akita preserved in its original form. These efforts have paid off, and today’s Akita stabilized in its original form.
Number and quality varies last 300 years. The first copy of the Akita dog arrived in America in 1937. Akita today is a police dog and a guard dog in Japan.
AKITA: APPEARANCE AND ANATOMY
Akita is elegant and big Japanese dog. It is very strong and with a harmonious structure. It has a large muscle mass and heavy bones. It is very maneuverable and fast and can move in deep snow. It moves flexibly and powerfully.
The average size of the males ranges from 24 to 26 inches, while the size of the females is in the range from 22.8 to 25 inches.
The male weight is in the range from 75 lb to 119 lb, and the weight of females vary from 75 lb to 110 lb.
HEAD: the harmonious relationship in relation to the body, faces moderately developed.
NOSE: large, black, with the white dog’s flesh-colored.
TEETH: strong, scissor bite, lips firm.
EYES: rather small, triangular, moderately spaced, brown.
EARS: small, triangular, rounded at the ends, tilted forward.
BACK: rights and firm.
TAIL: high set, thick, curled over the back.
LEGS: wide, rounded, strong, convex and compact.
FUR: protective coat is hard and rights, but under is soft and thick, on the tail is long.
COLOR: red and ginger, white or colored.
AKITA: CHARACTER AND BEHAVIOR
Akita centuries ago was dedicated to hunting big game. It is an excellent guard as it is fast and strong. There is still nickname the “Japanese fighting dog”. It is very dignified and courageous. Likes to show dominance over other dogs, while on the other hand is an excellent tracker. It is an excellent dog for the exhibition, because it has a steadily behavior.
Intelligence is high, so it is an excellent material for dressing. But also a major challenge for the coach, because it is quite self-contained. While Akita is little has to be trained strongly and consistently. If you allow him to be a leader, it can become very possessive. However well-trained individuals are great for socializing and very capable guardians. It is very loyal and faithful dog, but rather territorial. Has a strong personality and character.
AKITA: ADAPTATION AND CONDITIONS OF LIFE
Akita is quite reserved toward strangers. If you do not socialize in time, can become quite aggressive. Not recommended for people who for the first time taking the dog for a house. Require, as many other dogs, a daily dose of physical activity. If you do not provide that, they can find entertainment that can be quite destructive.
Not recommended to hold them in place. They are quite large, they have a tremendous amount of energy that they need to empty and thick hairs that are falling everywhere. Socialization begins at the earlier age. Not very tolerant to other animals, especially for dogs males. At females, this hostility is much smaller.
Akita is very good and gentle with children and people says it is a substitute for a good babysitter. It is best to live outside in moderate to fresh climate. Happiest when most of the time they spend with his family.
AKITA SEEN BY CHILDREN
AKITA: HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CARE
Akita requires brushing once a week to remove dead hair. Especially in the period of shedding, and it is in spring and autumn. The owners of these dogs in particular should pay attention to the frequency of GDV-a. It is the excess gases left in the stomach, and causes inflation. This can cause twisting of the intestine. If you notice these symptoms require immediate intervention veterinarian. It also has the problem with the skin, as well as itching, infection, hair loss and herpes.
Among major health problems can appear: coronary artery disease and retinal atrophy. Of rarer appears: dysplasia joints, pemphigus, torsion of the stomach, epilepsy, entropion, cataracts, knee sprain etc.
The lifespan of the breed Akita is 10 to 12 years.