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Akita

Powerful and courageous (other names: Japanese Akita, Akita Inu)

Akita
origin:Japan
life expectancy:10-12 years
classification:Working dog
height:61 to 71 cm
weight:34 to 54 kg
exercise: Demandingtraining: Reasonableclimate: Coldin/out: Outdoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Demandingsize: Large
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History [ edit ]

The Akita is an ancient breed of large dogs developed in  Japan and is currently the largest of the native breeds. Until the 1900’s excessive breeding with other dogs from other regions in Japan and from Europe, turned the Akita into a mixed breed, this resulting in the Akita losing many of its spitz-like characteristics. In fact, research on the Akita’s genome shows 85 genetic fingerprints of purebred dog breeds such as: Chow Chow, Siberian Husky Lhasa Apso, Shar-Pei, Alaskan Malamute, Afghan Hound, Pekingese, German Shepherds, Great Danes, and Mastiffs and others. By the early 1900’s a movement began to preserve the Akita breed. This movement was seconded by the famous Japanese zoologist, Watase Shozaburo, who successfully proposed the Law for Protection of Natural Monuments.  Akita dogs were designated as natural monuments in 1931. The scarcity of food during World War II greatly diminished the number of Akita dogs, but the breed became quite popular during the postwar period. Today, they are regarded as a symbol of good health and home protectors. When a person is ill, friends will send a small statue of an Akita to express their wish for a speedy recovery. When a child is born the parents are also presented with  an Akita  statue to wish health, happiness and a long-life.

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General appearance [ edit ]

The Akita is a powerful, large, alert dog with a compact, taut body that is longer than high, with firmly-muscled loin. It strikes for its dignity. The chest is deep. Depth of chest is one-half height of dog at shoulder. Ribs are well sprung, and the brisket well developed. The wedge-shaped head is massive, though in balance with body, and forms a blunt triangle when viewed from above. The neck is free of wrinkles when at ease.This breed has a deep muzzle, with a large and black nose and a stop that is well defined, but not too abrupt. The dark-brown eyes, triangular in shape, are small and deep-set. The ears, wide at base, relatively small, triangular, slightly rounded at tip, are set wide on head but not too low. Strongly erect, they are carried forward in line with back of neck. The tail is stout and strong, set high and carried over back or against flank in a three-quarter, full, or double curl. The Akita has a double-coat with brilliant colour schemes that range from white, to any shade of cream, brown, red, gray, black, silver, or brindle. The outer coat is hard, straight and the undercoat is fine, dense and shorter. Length of hair at shoulder blades is slightly longer than on rest of body, except for the tail, where the coat is longest and most profuse.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Akita is a very inteligent breed, alert, courageous and responsive, only barking when there is a good reason. Akitas tend to be stubborn and require a firm, but not harsh education. Although Akitas are not aggressive to humans, this breed is dominant and expects submission from other dogs reason why it has a tendency to get into dog fights. However, despite its enormous size and its bossy nature, when raised indoors and well trained the Akita can be an excellent companion even with children.
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Dog trivia [ edit ]

The first Akita was brought to the USA by Helen Keller.
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