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Akita:Dog Breed Profile

Akita is the national dog of Japan, and its ancestor is said to be a dog called mountain hunting dog. The Akita dog's name is taken from its place of origin-Akita Prefecture, Japan. It used to be a bear hound, but now it has developed into a family dog, a member of the human family, and is deeply loved by people.
Akitas are gentle and friendly, calm and brave, sensitive, easy to train, emotional, and extremely loyal to their owners. Smart and witty, with a sense of responsibility, but more hostile to the same species and other animals. If you didn't take it out for social training and contact humans when you were young, it would be more alert to humans. Generally, if you train well as a puppy, you don’t need to tie it with a thick rope when you grow up.

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  • About Akita Breed

    Akita Dog, whose English name is Akita Dog, is native to Akita Prefecture, Japan. It is 58-70cm tall and weighs 37.5-45kg. It is the most representative dog breed in Japan. The Akita was originally a hunting dog but was later modified to become a large Japanese dog. In the 17th century, the Akita local Satake Hou, in order to inspire the samurai, used the Akita hunting dog training as a fighting dog, and the Akita dog was gradually improved to a large size. In the Showa period of the early 20th century, Japan began to gradually ban dogfighting, and the number of Akita dogs was drastically reduced. Later, some people advocated protection, and became known as the national dog. Akita has a strong ability to look after a nursing home but also has a strong desire to dominate. It is usually used as a fireguard dog in Japan. In recent years, it has gradually become familiar to other countries in the world and is quite popular.

Akita Breed Daily Care

First of all, for the dense and thick hair of the Akita dog, parents should keep combing at least once a day to clean up the dust and dirt on the hair. At the same time, they can properly massage the dog's body during the combing process to promote its blood circulation. Promote the growth of new hair and ensure its healthy and smooth hair. Second, you need to pay attention to grooming your Akita dog. The combing tools selected should include professional combing tools such as scraping brushes, needle brushes, and coarse-tooth combs. When grooming, start from the head of the Akita, followed by the neck, chest, back, sides of the body, limbs, buttocks, and finally the tail. When combing for the first time, you can comb in the direction of the dog's hair first. For hair that is difficult to comb, you can hold the root of the hair with one hand, and then gently comb from the tip of the hair. If the hair is very congested, then the parents can use scissors to trim properly and then perform the second reverse hair combing, and finally comb the hair again.


The Akita is a medium-sized dog. Because it was used for hunting activities in the past, it usually has a large amount of activity, and exercise naturally consumes a lot of calories. Therefore, the daily diet must be adequately nutritious to satisfy the dog. The body needs. About 500 grams of dog meat should be supplied every day, plus the same amount of vegetarian feed, such as oatmeal, vegetarian biscuits and so on. Meat should be cooked first and cut into small pieces, then mixed with cooked vegetarian feed and then fed. The meat must be fresh, and the production process must also pay attention to hygiene. Don't leave the last meal to the next meal to continue feeding. Tableware such as troughs should be cleaned in time and disinfected regularly.


Akita dogs should wear a collar and leash at ordinary times, and be held by their owner when going out to prevent wild attacks and attacks on people and other animals. Usually, we should always teach it to develop the habit of following the commands and instructions of the master. In particular, you must be able to understand the owner's orders not to infringe upon people and other animals and prevent it from deviating and causing trouble.

The coat of the Akita dog is dense and beautiful. It is necessary to comb the coat every day or every other day, especially after the activities go home, to remove the dirt and dust on the coat in time. It should also be bathed regularly. It can be washed every 2-3 weeks in spring and autumn, and every 3-5 days in summer. When it is cold, use a cloth or dry towel to dry the body immediately after bathing to prevent colds.

Akita dogs are at different ages and have different nutritional needs, so when and what to eat is very important. Let Akita dogs eat suitable dog food at each stage. Eat as little snacks as possible and use them as rewards during training. And don't give people snacks, which are bad for their stomachs. Especially for desserts such as chewing gum, chocolate, ice cream, and cakes, don’t eat them. They are prone to tooth decay, damage to the stomach, and intestines. They also tend to gain weight. Chocolate can even be fatal. When the baby Akita is born, it can only take the mother's milk. When the full moon starts to grow teeth, wean it slowly. Feed it with liquid food, such as canned meat and warm boiled water to make a paste, or dry puppies heated in water. After soft feeding. After two months of age, the puppies can be officially fed. The Akita dog is not small in size and grows quickly. Some nutrition such as calcium powder can be added to the meal, but the premise is to take the amount according to the doctor's instructions and the instructions. Also, change dog food slowly when weaning, don't completely change it all at once, the dog's stomach needs a process of adaptation.


Akita Breed History

The early Akita dog was a dog breed formed after the standard was formulated after Japan introduced the Chinese garden dog from China. Originated in the 17th century, the cultivator was a Japanese nobleman who was exiled to Akita Prefecture. Akita dogs were mainly used to help their owners hunt large prey such as bears, and they were widely praised in Japan. At first, Japanese dogs were only small and medium, not large. Later, from 1603, the medium-sized Akita dog produced in Akita Prefecture was used as a fighting dog. Later in 1868, it was crossed with the Japanese fighting dog and the Mastiff, which made the Akita dog larger and appeared. In addition to large breeds, the related characteristics of the Fox Terrier have gradually become less obvious. In 1908, dog fighting was banned, but the breed was still retained and eventually improved into a large Japanese breed dog. In 1931, 25 years later, 9 advanced examples of this species were also designated as "natural monuments." During World War II, due to the huge demand for military materials, it was popular to use dog fur to make military uniforms. So the government ordered the capture and expropriation of all dogs other than German shepherds for making military uniforms. In order to circumvent this military order, some dog lovers crossed the dog with the German shepherd. Nevertheless, after the end of World War II, the number of Akita dogs dropped sharply, including impure Akita hunting dogs, Akita fighting dogs, and Akita sheepdogs. Later, in the long years of recovery of pure Akita dogs, there was also a Dewa. Line dogs and Kong-go appeared in people’s sight and received a warm welcome. They have the characteristics of Mastiff and German Shepherd, but the popular time is extremely short because people of insight among dog fans disagree. The dog belongs to the real Japanese breed, and in the end, they simply crossed with the Akita Fighting Dog to eliminate foreign breeds with old bloodlines and tried to restore the original purebred Akita Dog. Facts now prove their success, and the Akita Dog was officially recognized as a national precious animal in Japan in 1931.

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