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Dog Breed : Akita


Working Group in USA. Utility in KC London
Height: 24-28 in
Weight: 75-110 lbs.


Active, independent, dominant, loyal, affectionate to its owners, courageous. 

The name of this Japanese breed comes from the province Akita, located on the island of Honshu. The Japanese refer to this breed as a police dog. The time of origin was during the 1600s. This is one of three breeds that originated in Japan all are approximately the same in general conformation, but of the three, the Akita is the largest. They came to the U.S. after World War II, when American troops brought some of these dogs back with them. They were impressed with its naturally protective instincts. The Akita was originally used to hunt big game. They were used in pairs to hunt bear, and were also used for years as a fighting dog.

They are descended from the Spitz line of dogs. They have a broad head that looks similar to that of a bear and have a powerful and solid body. Their ears are held erect. This breed needs to have plenty of daily exercise. Their tail is set high and curls forward over the back.
Coat: stiff, straight, moderate length with a fine undercoat. Coat does shed and does need grooming on a regular basis. The Akita can be found in many colors, some examples are pinto or brindle. The Akita prefers a cool climate. When it comes to training, the Akita needs socialization and obedience training from the day you bring the puppy home. This obedience training should always be reinforced in order for both you and the dog to be happy. This way the dog will know his/her place within your family pack. They respond quickly to proper training. This dog should be the only pet within the home; they are dog aggressive. Lifespan: 10-14 years. The Akita should not be left unsupervised with children and does best when raised with children from puppy hood.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, or PRA, is present within this breed. Dogs afflicted with this condition eventually go blind due to retinal deterioration.

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