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Akita Inu

This breed has poise, is very willful and often a very independent dog. Its characteristics can make training difficult and is suited to someone with some previous dog training experience. When bored, he can be destructive and difficult to handle and can be a very assertive dog.

The dog enjoys playing but does not tend to have excessive exercise needs. The dog can be aggressive with other dogs, but is loyal to owners and although usually fine with children that live in the household, it may be protective when other children are present. 

 The coat of the Akita is straight and rough with a soft, thick undercoat. Coat colours include red, white, fawn, silver and brindle. Some have facial patterns such as a mask or blaze. A weekly groom is sufficient but allergy sufferers steer clear, as these dogs shed heavily. Use a grooming rake or pin brush more regularly when the dog is in shedding season. The life expectancy of the dog is 10-13 years and common health problems include thyroid problems, cancer and skin conditions. 

The Akita originates from Japan and this breed has over three hundred years of history, having been developed around the mid 1600s. The breed was thought to have been developed by a samurai and is a national treasure in Japan.

Breed Attributes

  • Large breed
  • Low/medium energy level
  • Height 24-28 inches
  • Weight 75-115 pounds
  • Low grooming needs

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