Akita

Akita

Character and temperament

Akitas are intelligent dogs, but they need to be controlled. They need a firm, but loving, discipline. Akitas react badly to harsh methods of discipline. They are very loyal dogs. Generally they do not mix well with children or other animals. Akitas make good guard dogs.

Origin

Akitas were bred in Japan in the 17th century.

General description

Large, powerful and stands proud. Small ears and dark eyes with a thick plush coat. Can be white, brindle or pinto.

Food

Akitas don't have an enormous appetite, but they will eat almost anything!

Exercise

At least 2 hours a day, they are very muscular dogs. They have strong hunting instincts and therefore should always be kept on a lead.

Grooming

Akitas moult heavily, so regular brushing is recommended.

Other information

Just after WW1 they were so rare, they were protected.

False 'heat' cycles are common with Akitas.

Stats

Average height (dog)
26
Average height (bitch)
24
Average weight (dog)
75
Average weight (bitch)
75
Average life expectancy
9-15, 15 is quite common.
Average litter size
7-8
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