Akita Dog Breed Information
The Akita dog breed
is very unique, both in looks and temperament. Once they get to know their family, they are extremely friendly and very protective, but you should do your best to train your Akita and introduce other family members and animals slowly, over a period of time, so that he has time to get used to them.
Akitas maintain an extremely strong Pack Instinct mentality, even domesticated ones that have never been in the wild. Because of this, the bonds that they form with their closest masters are very strong, and they will go to great lengths to protect their masters from harm. Some Akita dogs have even been known to risk their lives so that nothing happens to their master.
This form of strong loyalty has its downsides too though, especially when it comes to strangers. While they may be extremely friendly with the children in your own family, that doesn't mean that they will be the same way with any strange children. This has been a recurring problem with children who own an Akita dog breed and try to bring friends over. The Akita will remain aloof and watchful the entire time, and if the stranger tries to greet or pet it, it may become aggressive at a moment's notice.
To put it in a nutshell, the Akita isn't the perfect dog for someone who has absolutely no experience with owning a dog. Since they're such strong pack animals, they'll quickly determine where they belong in a pack. If you're dominant, strong, and assertive, your Akita will recognize this and play along.
If, however, you let your Akita get away with anything, he'll assume that he's the pack leader, and once he believes this he'll be very aggressive to anyone trying to take this title away from him. That's why you need to assert that you are the master from day one.
The Akita dog breed is strong and energetic. They can live up to 15 years on average, and often weigh as much as 120 lbs. Going back to the paragraph about dominance, if your Akita does decide that he's the dominant one in the pack, he's large enough to present a very real threat to anybody he deems a threat.
Even though Akita dogs are generally very healthy, they can still be susceptible to several diseases throughout their lifetimes. Some of these include Gastric Dilation Volvulus, Pemphigus, Canine Herpes Virus, Dog Hip
Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, and Sebaceous Adenitis. Akita dogs aren't very open to Dog First Aid, so unless you're well trained with dealing with large dogs you should leave that to the veterinarian to handle.
One of the positive features of the Akita dog breed is that it won't bark very often, unless there's a real need to bark. This is one reason why they're often chosen as guard dogs. Coupled with their loyalty to their owners, this is an ideal trait to have when you don't want to deal with any false alarms or random barking.
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