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Akita

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Dog Breed Group
Working Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Japan as a guard dog and hunter 
Life Expectancy
10 to 12 years 
Color
all 
Coat
Double Coated, 1-2 inches long with dense undercoat. 
Exercise Needs
Regular daily walks. Jogging and running take a toll on their joints & connective tissue. Really active exercise is not suggeste 
Temperament
Very high energy. The Akita is a powerful dog that is reserved and protective. It is best that this breed be socialized to peopl 
Good with Children
Best with older children. 
Grooming Needs
Easy to care for with weekly brushing 
Average Size - Male (in)
26-28 
Average Size - Female (in)
24-26 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
75-110+ 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
75-110+ 
Health Issues
Akitas need professional obediance training. Because these dogs are so strong, they're not recommended for novice dog fanciers.v
Living Conditions
Suited for suburbs or rural regions. Makes an excellent watchdog. 

Breed Description

The Akita is a breed of working dog that originated in the mountains of northern Japan. In 1931 the Japanese government designated the breed as a national treasure. The Akita is a powerful, muscular dog with a broad head, erect, pointed ears (small in relation to head size), and a large curved tail carried over the back or curled against the flank. Akitas are bred in a variety of colours and markings, including all-white, brindle, and pinto. Except for the white, all akitas bear a distinct mask (dark area around the muzzle).

Breed Infobits

The Akita is native to the region of Akita in Japan, where it has remained unchanged for centuries.The Akita is also known as the Akita Inu and the Japanese Akita.
Akitas should always go to obedience classes with their owners. They have no interest in what persons outside of their own family have to say & will not learn from anyone else. (Some Akitas have been badly abused in Boarding/Training situations for what the trainer took to be stubborness.) Early puppy obedience classes with the owner are important. It establishes the pack order (owner in charge, not the dog) & help improve communications between the owner & the dog at an early age, & socializes the puppy with dogs and humans. Three months, or as soon as puppy vaccinations are finished is not too young to start with basic obedience classes.

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