Akita Inu Breed Profile
The Akita Inu breed is a unique breed, requiring constant ongoing training and companionship. Akitas are alert and responsive, responding to needs as they arise and alert to any and all possible dangers that may lurk in the nearest corner. They are known to be extremely courageous, risking their lives to save their masters. However they do tend to be aggressive with other dogs, are extremely pack oriented, and forever faithful and composed. The Akita Inu may show their soft side and become docile every once in a while.
Being pack oriented as the Akita is, they tend to be extremely protective of children and family. However, the loyalty shown to children they know or see frequently may not be extended to stranger children or other people. They appear aloof with strangers. This is not the breed that likes to be teased at all. Teasing an Akita will most surely get the teaser bit or to show worse forms of aggression.
Lifespan and Weight
The Akita Inu is a very robust breed of dog, with an average lifespan of around 11 to 15 years. Akitas are not one to take on very lightly, because with an average weight of around 75 to 120 lbs, they can surely pull their weight and constantly attempt to defy and usurp authority.
Would Make a Great Pet?
The Akita Inu is not for the novice owner. These dogs are highly pack oriented, and thus being need to know their "place in the pack" by an owner who is assertive and dominant. However, the owner doesn't need to be domineering, just dominant to the point that the Akita understands that no means no, and not whatever. Like children, they will constantly try to test the boundaries to see what they can try to get away with. They will take advantage of the non assertive or non dominant owner.
As robust as Akitas are, they are not without their fair share of health problems. Common problems associated with Akitas include, but are not limited to Canine Herpes Virus, Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV), Pemphigus, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), UveoDermatological Syndrome (UDS), Sebaceous Adenitis, Canine Hip Dysplasia, and Hypothyroidism.
Shedding and Housebreaking Factor
Akitas have a double coat making daily grooming a must. Shedding is the worst in warm weather. As with Akitas being a dominant breed of dog, housebreaking is generally out of the question. Should be kept outside, but groomed appropriately.
Best Owner Compatibility
Not for the frequent traveler because the Akita Inu are so highly pack oriented. Not for the apartment or condo dweller. Owner needs to be assertive and show the Akita its place in the pack. Akitas can sense weakness in authority and will take advantage of it every chance they get. Like children, they constantly test the boundaries to see what they can get away with. The ideal owner would be one who has a yard for the Akita to play in. Akitas can suffer from extreme boredom if just left in the yard, so owner interaction is a must. Akitas need moderate and regular exercise. This breed of dog is usually quiet, only barking when there is something to bark about. Akitas need lots of love and constant attention.
Where to Buy
Akitas are best bought from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue groups.
Owning an Akita does not come cheaply. With an average cost of $500 to $1,600 however, they are more than worth the time and money for the right owner.
Akitas for the most part are not aggressive animals. They may appear however, to be aloof to strangers that they do not know.
Akitas are generally quiet dogs, only barking when there's a need to bark, such as warning of strangers approaching or deterring theft. This trait makes Akitas great guard dogs.
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