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What should you know about the Akita?

 

 

Character

The Akita is a loyal and quiet housemate, but his temperament doesn't make him one of the easiest breeds. It is a well-balanced dog, with an almost stoic appearance. He is courageous, independent, stubborn and intelligent, with a great hunting instinct.  

 

Care  

In an almost feline way, the Akita is clean on its own. This means that they can also be potty trained very quickly. The Akita moults twice a year. At that time the fur (underwool) comes loose, and it is advisable to remove all loose tufts with a brush. Because brushing is a dominant act, it is important to get the Akita used to this as a puppy. A water blower can be used to dry the dog after a bath, or to use to blow out the hair during shedding (better than brushing) and to pleasantly get rid of dirt, dust, sand and mud.

Upbringing

Although the Akita is a feisty dog, it should not be raised with a heavy hand.

This backfires, the Akita may even turn against you. An Akita will only want to do something for you if it is properly motivated and has respect for you. You must earn this respect by dealing with him as a worthy pack leader with natural authority. The Akita learns quickly, and because of his intelligence he also learns the wrong things quickly. It is therefore very important to be consistent. Training should be varied, the Akita is easily bored and loves challenges.

 

Dealing with Children

Akitas can be very good with (small) children. If properly supervised by the parents, they can become real comrades. It is important that children learn to treat the dog with respect, not to mess with him, and to leave him alone while eating and sleeping. An Akita can be very watchful of the children in the family. The Akita can never be let out by children, they cannot control him mentally and physically.

 

Social behavior towards other dogs and animals

The Akita is a hunter by nature, even small pets can fall prey to his hunting drive. Still, it is sometimes possible for Akitas to leave the small pets of the family alone. This could be if the Akita has grown up with this, and he starts to see the pets as part of the pack. An Akita generally gets along well with cats, but the Akita must also have grown up with it.

 

It is known that Akitas are not easy to get along with other dogs, as he likes to dominate them. For example, if a power struggle arises between 2 males, he will not avoid it, resulting in a possible fight. Akitas, if raised and properly supervised by a good pack leader, get along well with other dogs in a family, although keeping two dogs of the same sex will not always go well.  

 

Run loose

Because of their dominance towards other dogs, many Akitas cannot run free. There may be exceptions that behave well towards conspecifics, but then the hunting drive throws a spanner in the works. An Akita on the hunt no longer has an eye or an ear for you......

Source Nippon Inu & Akita kennel or Shinju Koyasan 

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