If you don’t know what an Akita is, you’re not alone. It may sound like a fancy Japanese beer, but it’s actually a dog. A really handsome dog, at that. So buckle your cyber-seatbelt and settle in for some fast facts on the Akita.
The Akita originated in Japan, long ago. And being a Japanese dog, he can be trained but he won’t respond to force. He is best with respectful commands and by using motivation.
Eye of the Tiger?
Actually, the Akita was originally bred to hunt bears. They still retain that strong hunting instinct, and will go off hunting on their own if you let run about unleashed outside the yard or dog park. So, it’s best to keep them leashed.
The Akita may at first seem aloof and standoffish, but he isn’t. He’s merely a very independent dog who is loving but reserved with people. This is not a clingy dog.
Natural Guard Dog
Perfect for the person who wants a dog to keep their home safe, but doesn’t want to train their pet to do so. The Akita does this naturally. In fact the Akita may need to be taught from a young age that not all strangers are alike. Friends should be introduced to the dog properly, so he knows who to trust.
The Akita has a thick coat, but they don’t need intense grooming, a regular brushing is all that is needed. However his coat ‘blows’ out twice a year. This doesn’t mean he moseys on down to the local salon to have a ‘blow-out’, but his very thick coat will malt in clumps twice a year. It’s recommended the brushing is increased during this time so as to help cut down on lumps of fur all over the house. The Akita also doesn’t smell like dog, and never seems to get dirty.
While the Akita is a large breed, they can live well in an apartment as they only seem to need moderate exercise. They’re happy with a nice walk.
So there you have it, some fun, fast facts on the mysterious Akita.