Breed Introduction: Akita Inu
Just look at these gorgeous bear-shaped foxes!
Akita Inus are big dogs that are best known for their bear-shaped heads and curved tails. Even though many people love their appearance and cuteness, they definitely aren’t suitable for everyone. Their character and physical needs require an experienced owner that will know how to handle their behavior and fulfill their needs. Even though they are marked in some countries as dangerous dogs, and therefore forbidden, they can be great life companions!
Their homeland is Japan. Akita Inus originated from the Akita prefecture and they are Japan’s national treasure. They are one of the oldest Japanese autochthonous breeds. Japanese believe that a statuette of this dog brings health, luck and fertility. Their ancestors have not yet been determined, but they probably evolved, among other ancestors, from wolves and hunting dogs that were smaller and brighter, but just as stubborn. At first they served as guards and fighting dogs, but they soon became royal dogs too. Today, Akita Inus are life companions and man’s best friends.
Akita Inus are large and strong. Their hair is straight and they have a very thick coat. Their fur is hard to take care of and requires lots of time.
The most common health issues are hip dysplasia, skin allergies, immune system disorders, epilepsy and retina atrophy. They are intelligent, careful and protective. Even though they are active, they can be calm and relaxed indoors. They are relentless, dignified, loving and kind. Their most negative characteristics are dominant and stubborn. Most of these can be prevented with the right training.
Akitas usually recognize just one family member as their owner, but they get on well with the whole family. They are reserved when meeting new people. If they feel that their loved ones might be endangered, they react quickly and try to protect them.
They like being busy and enjoy working. Bringing newspaper is a great job for these dogs. Despite their intelligence, they need a professional trainer! This dog is not a dog for unexperienced people. These dogs must know that you are the leader of the “pack” and that they must respect you. Training based on positive reinforcement works best with them. They like routines and feel their best when they know what’s going to happen next.
Despite being difficult to train, these dogs can be great family members and life companions. By not underestimating their character you’ll be able to raise a stable dog that will be your best friend and will function well in the society.
Updated: September 21, 2017.