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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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Akita Breed Characteristics

  • About Akita Breed

    Name: Akita

    Height: 24-28 inches

    Weight: 700-130 lbs

    Lifespan: 10-12 years

    Coat Density: Dense

    Coat Texture: Straight

    Puppy Price: $800-$1200

    Temperament: Faithful, receptive, loyal, and intelligent

    Suitable for: Families with older children

    Akita has many types of fur colors, such as red, gray, black, silver, Pinto, white, black stripes, blue stripes, brown stripes, red stripes, fawn, and fawn stripes. Some people's masks are white or lighter than the rest of their coats. In addition, the color of the inner coating may be different from that of the outer coating.

    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 looks fierce and determined, which is consistent with their stubborn character. They have a big black nose and a lighter (preferably white) mask. With scissors or horizontal bite powerful jaw, teeth are very strong. Akita's claws are big, but like a cat, with well-developed joints and thick pads. The thick, hairy tail is the trademark of this breed. It curls on the back. No two tails are the same. Some are double roll.

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.

A veterinarian can recommend a special bowl to help with the habit and can set a feeding schedule. It is recommended that you feed your dog about six cups of food twice a day, depending on their size. High grade commercial dog food with meat as the first raw material should also be fed with fresh food. Diced vegetables such as peas, carrots, potatoes and yams, boiled eggs and rice are good fresh food to feed your partner.

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.

You should pay special attention to your dog's eyes, because Akita is prone to many eye diseases. If you have any white, red or secretions in your eyes, call your veterinarian. This lively dog needs a lot of exercise. You should plan to take Akita for a quick walk or jog every day, or let Akita run in the fenced yard.

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's activities require Akita to be a very avant-garde and energetic dog. It will thrive and reach its best state with plenty of exercise, attention, mental stimulation and fresh air. As a perfect companion for hiking and running, especially in cool or cold weather, this lonely type prefers human company to dog company, because the tendency to dominate may be an obstacle to dog parks.

Although Akita is a clean dog, you should also comb it regularly, and you should brush it at least once a week to prevent Akita from shedding too much. It's enough to brush your teeth gently with a soft brush. Akita doesn't need to take a bath unless they get very dirty because they do most of the beauty themselves. Akita can wash her hair every few months. This beautiful dog loses many times a year. Therefore, Akita is not considered hypoallergenic. Brushing your dog's teeth once a day is always a good idea, but you should ask your veterinary care provider for some tips; they will recommend a toothpaste that is safe for dogs.

Akita can (and prefers) live in the cold weather outside. Provide shelter (like a doghouse), shade and plenty of water for your furry partner outdoors. They like to play and hunt, especially when it snows in winter. Because Akita is big and has a lot of energy, Akita will be hungry soon and often eat too fast.

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.

Akita is a Japanese breed named after Akita in the 16th century. These dogs were first found in the snow mountain, and were called "snow country dogs" by the local people before they were named Akita. The name has been disputed in the United States, Canada and other countries. According to the United States and Canada, this dog has only one breed, there are two types, the United States and Japan Akita. However, the rest of the world thinks the two varieties are different. Akita and Zongkai society of Japan were founded in the late 1920s. In 1937, the variety was designated as a national treasure of Japan. The decision was made because of the loyalty of the famous dog, the son of the sea, who met his owner at the railway station at a certain time every day. After his master died, haichizi continued to wait for him at the railway station every day for nearly ten years. The first Akita in the United States was given as a gift to Helen Keller from the Japanese government, where she visited. Her name is brother Shenfeng. However, the American Kennel Club did not officially recognize the breed until 1972, almost 40 years later. This strong dog is from the northern Spitz breed. The original purpose of this breed was to hunt large animals such as elk, bear, deer and wild boar. The hunters let the dog rush out and push the prey into the corner until they can come and shoot it to death.