Akita Temperament: How Does This Large Breed Behave?
The Akitas are one of the most popular breeds in Japan. They have been bred since the early 1900’s and they were first used for military purposes during World War II. Since then, their popularity has grown tremendously due to their good looks and loyalty. These dogs are very loyal companions and they make excellent guard dogs or watchdogs.
In Japan, the Akitas are known as “kobold” because of their small size but powerful personality. They are not aggressive towards humans, other animals or each other. Their behavior is gentle and loving and they love to cuddle with their owners.
They will even sleep next to them if there is enough space available!
Akita Temperament: Female Akitas Are More Aggressive Than Male Ones
Female Akitas tend to be more aggressive than male ones. They will bark at strangers, threaten and bite when necessary. If they get too attached to their owner, they may become destructive.
They need lots of exercise and love attention from their owners. However, they are very easy to train. You just have to give them the right amount of attention and praise them often so that they learn what you want them to do.
As with all breeds, you should start training them when they are still puppies. This is the only way they will listen to you when they get a little older.
Even though the female ones are more aggressive, male ones may have personality issues as well. They are usually very dominant and sometimes even aggressive towards their owner or other people. They need someone who can show them who is in charge otherwise they may take control themselves!
The male ones also need a lot of exercise. They become restless and destructive when they cannot run or play. Otherwise they will become loud and obnoxious.
Training them is still possible but needs to start at an early age when they are still puppies.
These dogs should only be placed in a home that has the time, energy, space and patience to train and care for them properly.
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