All About Akita Inu Dog Breed
Size: Akita Inu Male around 67cm, female: around 61cm
Coat: hard, straight coat with soft, dense underwear
Color: red, sesame, brindle, white, each with white badge on head, chest, legs, under the belly and under the rod
Frequent Diseases: Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH), Sebaceous Adenitis
Life Expectancy: 12 years
FCI Group 5, Section 5: Asian tip and related breeds
Akita Inu: Story
The Akita Inu is an old Japanese national race. Akita stands for a province in Japan, the addition “Inu” means simply “dog”.
Originally, the Akita Inu was used for hunting bears, blacks and feathers, and also as a guard dog, for pulling loads and for dog fighting. In the 19th century, the enthusiasm for dog fighting increased, with the result that large, strong Tosa and Mastiff breeds were crossed into the Akita Inu. Well, In 1908 dogs were banned in Japan, but the popularity of the Anita’s did little to abort. In 1931 he was declared a cultural property. The Second World War brought the Akita Inu to the brink of extinction, since all dogs, except for the German shepherd dogs in the military service, were to be conscripted as a meat and fur supplier.
After the end of the world war, there were two different remnants of Akita lines. One was narrower and larger, usually brindle or black, which is most likely due to the crossing of German shepherd dogs. This line came from the military to the United States and developed into the American Akita. This line Akitas is not recognized by Japan. Instead, in Japan, one tried again to breed the original appearance. For this purpose, the Japanese hunting dog Kishu Inu, Japanese sled dogs and also the Chow Chow were crossed. Also in Europe, the somewhat smaller, often reddish or sesame colored Akita Inu is more common.
In the FCI, the Akita Inu and the American Akita are now recognized as independent breeds. Which is most probably due to the crossing of German shepherd dogs.
Behavior and Essence
The Akita Inu is a very self-assured, self-contained dog. He is told of a tendency to dominance, which may be due to the fact that he is not inclined to blind obedience. He is not at all a submissive dog and wants to see a sense in the required commands. Above all, with uncertain dog owners or advisors, he prefers to rely on himself and make his own decisions.
On the contrary, he follows a sovereign, just man, and is very faithful and loyal. He cannot tolerate a hard hand, he remembers injustices for life. Strangers are usually ignored as long as the Akita Inu does not see his family threatened. In the case of doubt, however, he will defend his people with all his not inconsiderable powers.
Akita Inu is said to have certain arrogance in dealing with strangers, but also with other dogs. Many Akitas, especially males, are also completely incompatible with foreign peers. The graceful tranquility that surrounds an Akita and his plush appearance may tempt the breed to be a cuddly, imposing accessory. In fact, the Akita is a very serious dog, which expects respect and is only conditionally “social dog”. His hunting drive leaves nothing to be desired in wild areas with very good education.
Posture and Care
With the children of their own family, an Akita usually comes out very well, is patient and loving. In the case of wild games with visiting children, the Akita can “protect” one’s children, so that they should not be left unattended.
With domestic cat or cats, an Akita can get along well if he is accustomed to this from puppies. In general, the Akita family is enough. He likes it calmly and manageable, on contact with strange humans or animals he can do without well. If you plan to use your dog mainly with visits to the local dog meadow, with an Akita is therefore rather badly advised.
Akitas can usually only little gain from the contact with alien species. Good socialization with other dogs from puppy legs usually helps only conditionally. It is important to teach the Akita from the outset what behavior is expected of him in dog-related. Mobben or “the Macho play” belongs for example not to it. The Akita is actually not difficult to educate if one teaches him that the obedience makes sense for him. He is too self-confident and self-sufficient to obey only because his human being would like it that way. Yet, or precisely for this reason, it requires a great deal of empathy, sovereign calm, and patience in education. Violence and loudness only cause the Akita to retreat, and even more, to go its own way. Consistency and enforceability,
An Akita Inu needs family connection, but is also satisfied with partial externalization and can remain comparatively well alone. He barks very little and is also very much in a rented apartment. Deep temperatures are much more of a thing than summer heat. An Akita does not make any great demands on capacity utilization. He likes long, quiet walks and bees, some Akitas can also be used for dog sports. In all, however, he is a rather stoic, relaxed dog, who has little left for “silly” games and artifices.
The skin care of Akita Inu is unpretentious. Increasing brushing is only important when changing the fur coat.
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