The Japanese Akita Inu dog is a legendary pet in Japan, known to the locals for a long time. Do not confuse the Japanese Akita and the American – they are different dogs. The Japanese Akita Inu originated in northern Japan in the Akita province – this is how the dogs got their name. It is not known for certain when exactly these animals were formed as a breed, however, the first written evidence dates back to the early 17th century. In those distant times, the Akita Inu was used to protect the imperial family.
In addition, members of the imperial family loved to hunt small and large game with these dogs – it’s hard to believe, but they even went with them to hunt a bear. This very clearly characterizes the personality of the animal, because the Akita has a bold and at the same time good-natured character. To understand the kindness of these dogs, you can give a vivid example – in the London zoo, the baby Akita Inu was once used as a nanny-older brother for a tiger cub. And the dog coped with this task perfectly.
The first Akita Inu came to America in 1937, together with Hellen Keller, an outstanding deaf-blind-mute woman of her time. Hellen came up with this idea after visiting the Hachiko dog statue located in Shibuya. Hearing about the extraordinary devotion of this animal, as well as about the history of these dogs in general, Hellen decided to take one Akita with her. Her name was Kamikaze-go.
In the post-war period, American military personnel brought these dogs home from Japan, due to which a separate breed of American Akita was formed. However, among breeders to this day there is a dispute regarding the difference between the Japanese and American Akita Inu breeds, since the Japanese do not want to recognize American dogs as a separate breed. Moreover, many adhere to this rule even today, despite the fact that the dispute has been going on for more than half a century.
The Japanese Akita Inu are large dogs with a powerful physique, large muscles and a round head. The ears are erect. The limbs are muscular, of medium length, the tail is saber-shaped, fluffy. The coat is long.
The Japanese Akita Inu dog is a real hero. Or rather, a real samurai. Akita Inu never retreats in battle, is distinguished by great devotion to his family and master, and will follow them no matter what. Among their loved ones, these are extremely gentle, affectionate and friendly dogs, with whom it is always a pleasure to spend time. They love to take part in all family affairs, to feel like a part of the team.
The Akita Inu breed has a large amount of internal energy, loves a variety of games and all kinds of entertainment, toys, walks. They need physical activity in order to keep their muscle mass in constant tone, however, if you are not ready to provide your pet with daily training, at least take long walks so that the dog can run to its fullest. Active games are also a good idea.
The Akita Inu breed is subject to strong inter-sexual and interspecific aggression, in other words, these dogs are aggressive towards other dogs, cats, especially if they are of the opposite sex. This phenomenon can be called general, specific to the breed, but it can be dealt with through socialization – early acquaintance with other pets – cats and dogs, the development of friendly relations with them, as well as acquaintance with other people, sounds, smells, situations.
Requires the right approach in education because of the great natural stubbornness. Akita Inu is a breed that treats children well, loves to be friends with them, play, go for walks and generally spend time. At the same time, they are aware of their responsibility for the child. These animals have a very developed intellect, they perfectly understand their owners, understand everything that is happening around them and feel the emotional environment.
Akita Inu love to express their emotions through their voice, and they have a lot of different sounds for this – grunting, barking, howling and howling, squealing and whining – everything you can imagine. These dogs are not recommended for inexperienced or timid owners as they have problems with obedience.
A dog of the Akita Inu breed needs education – this is unambiguous. Many even call this breed the most naughty in the world. It is difficult to say whether this is true or not, however, these dogs really have great inner independence and often want to do their own thing. Their stubbornness is really great. There is no panacea for dealing with their waywardness and stubbornness, except for patience, consistency and severity when needed.
Of course, you should use every opportunity to define your leadership position. To do this, use food, toys, games and walks as a method to achieve your goal – do not go for a walk, do not give out your favorite toys to the dog until it does the right thing. Then your pet will understand that the mass of very valuable things in his life directly depends on you, and by his disobedience he deprives himself of these things.
The thick, with undercoat of the Akita Inu dog needs to be combed out 2 times a week. When the dog sheds – as needed, but comb out more often. Also, remember to cleanse deposits from your pet’s eyes after sleeping and keep your ears clean. The claws are trimmed three times a month, the animal is bathed 1-2 times a week.
Although the Akita Inu breed is strong, hardy, it is not devoid of certain health problems, and is prone to the following diseases:
- dysplasia of the hip joint is a hereditary disease;
- expansion of the stomach-volvus, it is also popular among the people volvulus;
- hypothyroidism is a disease of the thyroid gland. It is believed to be responsible for conditions such as: epilepsy, alopecia (hair loss), obesity, lethargy, hyperpigmentation, pyoderma, and other skin conditions;
- progressive retinal atrophy;
- greasy adenitis – is a serious problem in Akita Inu. This genetic disorder is often mistaken for hypothyroidism, allergies, or other conditions. When a dog has AS, for unknown reasons, the sebaceous glands in the skin become inflamed and eventually destroyed.