The American Akita is a breed that, despite its Japanese origin, is considered American. How did this happen? Very simply – after the Second World War, American soldiers returned home and brought several individuals to their homeland, giving rise to a new history of these rather ancient dogs.
If we talk about their Japanese origin and history of existence, the Akita Inu breed has been known to the Japanese since ancient times. In ancient times, these dogs were called matagi ken, and they performed a lot of different functions, from guarding estates, to bloody entertainment – dog fights and fights with wild animals. In general, translated from Japanese, the name of the breed means “going to the bear”.
At the end of the 17th century, dog fights, and in general dog-animal fights, gained more and more popularity, spreading throughout Japan. Accordingly, there was a need for a variety of breeds. Therefore, the Matagi Ken began to be crossed with the Mastiff, which was already widely known throughout the world for its fighting qualities, size and fearlessness.
If you trace the images of Japanese dogs in time, you can see how their appearance has changed over several centuries. Mastiffs brought not only the outwardly characteristic features of the breed, but also some internal qualities, such as poise, patience, purposefulness. Dog fighting was banned only at the beginning of the 20th century, but the breed remained.
During the Second World War, these dogs were practically exterminated, although not on purpose, by the Allied forces. Japanese breeders later even tried to breed Akita with German shepherds, but quickly abandoned this dubious undertaking, restoring the population in a natural way. The American Akita breed was officially recognized in 2001.
The American Akita dog breed is large in size, erect, triangular ears with a slight forward tilt, and a semi-long, thick coat, like a bear cub. The muzzle is wedge-shaped, the chest is wide, the legs are of medium length. The physique is muscular, strong, the tail is fluffy, bent up.
Independence, dedication and fearlessness are the main traits that the American Akita breed possesses. Of course, the matter is not limited to this, since over many centuries of existence, the breed has developed a lot of valuable qualities.
These, without a doubt, include a very sharp and developed intellect, thanks to which the dog perfectly understands everything that is happening around, understands the owner well, recognizes commands and is able to draw its own conclusions. What he uses, literally having his own view of things – remember we mentioned independence? This is it, in all its glory.
Accordingly, simply breaking the will and achieving stupid obedience will not work, unless you ruin the psyche of the animal, which is unacceptable. It is not recommended to start this breed for inexperienced owners, since respect must be earned, and education must be carried out correctly, with great patience and justice.
Since there is a mass of hunting genes in the blood, small animals are perceived poorly, rather as prey. They also don’t get along with other pets, especially when the sex of the Akita and the other pet is the same. These dogs generally require respect for themselves, but they are less demanding to show attention and understand the owner’s desire to retire. Children are treated well, but, again, disrespectful treatment is not tolerated. They need walks and training, physical and intellectual activity.
Akita is a naughty dog. Every dog lover knows this. But it is quite possible to teach them to teams, and most importantly, to win their favor. If your dog loves and respects you, he will do the right thing and listen to you. Akita is difficult to train like a German shepherd, but you can achieve obedience and obedience to commands.
The American Akita requires great patience, kindness and will in education from the owner. Severity is permissible, cruelty – in no case, since in this case you will not earn any respect. Even the execution of basic commands, at times, is not an easy task, but with due persistence, everything will work out. And do not forget to praise the dog for success, and scold (fairly and without exaggeration) for disobedience.
The American Akita breed has a thick coat, and therefore needs to be brushed regularly, at least once a week, and preferably twice. Always keep your pet’s ears and eyes clean, bathe your pet once or twice a week, and trim the nails as needed.
The American Akita does not suffer from any complex hereditary diseases, and belongs to a relatively healthy dog. The main thing is to provide a variety of activities so that the pet does not gain excess weight. In addition, remember that the difficult character of this breed cannot be broken through aggression and force, as this will subsequently cause mental problems, and in the future, various neuralgias.