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Akita

Akita

As the 50th most popular dog breed according to the American Kennel Club, these pups are gaining popularity in North America 
The fiercely loyal Akita originated in Japan. As the 50th most popular dog breed according to the American Kennel Club, these pups are gaining popularity in North America…but they’re not for everyone. Akitas need assertive parents who are willing to put lots of time into training.





Size:
Male: 75- 119 lbs. Female: 75-110 lbs.
Exercise Requirements:
Akitas require plenty of exercise (up to two hours a day) and enjoy hiking and walking. While these dogs make good jogging partners, they are also happy romping outside on their own (just make sure they’re in an enclosed area).
Mess Factor:
Clean freaks, beware: Because of their thick double coats, members of this breed are heavy shedders. The Akita will also “blow” its coat twice a year, which means it will shed its undercoat completely. If you enjoy vacuuming to the point where you consider it an art, the Akita’s your dog.
Barking and Volume:
In general, the Akita isn’t a quiet breed.
Training Requirements:
There’s a reason that new dog parents should steer clear of this breed — Akitas are extremely strong willed and can overpower a timid handler. The Akita needs lots of consistent training as well as firm leadership to become the great companion it’s known to be. Professional training is recommended.
Ongoing Costs:
Health Factors: Like all large dog breeds, the Akita is susceptible to bloat and hip dysplasia. Other health conditions include cataracts and von Willebrands disease. *A responsible breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Home grooming is sufficient.
Training: A puppy class is very important to help socialize this breed. Further obedience training may be necessary.
Grooming Requirements:
With their double coats, Akitas need to have their hair brushed several times a week. On the bright side, at least you don’t have to worry about bathing your Akita very often. Frequent baths are discouraged with this breed since they can strip the Akita’s coat of important oils.
Kid Compatibility:
If trained and socialized properly, Akitas can do well with children when they are raised with them from puppyhood.
Longevity:
10-12 years.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
The Akita is truly a lone wolf. This breed does best as a family’s only pet. Akitas can be aggressive toward other animals and will need to remain on a leash for walks.
Friendliness: Towards People
Despite their aggression towards animals, Akitas form intense bonds with their families. Their loyalty is unmatched in the canine world and they will do anything to protect you from danger. Because of their protective nature, though, the Akita is suspicious of strangers and can even become aggressive.
BE PREPARED FOR: A pup that isn’t for the faint of heart but who may be the ideal companion for families with previous experience.





Links and resources:
Clubs
Rescues
Most large cities have their own rescue organizations for the breed.
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