Akita vs Shiba Inu – Which Native Japanese Dog Is The Best?
The Akita (Acinonyx jubatus) was one of the first dogs domesticated from wild wolves. They are native to Japan and have been bred into a variety of breeds over time. Their coat is medium brown with black markings. There are many different types of akitas, but all share similar characteristics: they are large, powerful dogs with strong bodies and long legs. They have short fur which covers their entire body except for their face and ears. Their eyes are dark brown and usually set deep within their faces.
Shibas (Canis lupus familiaris) were originally native to China, where they were used as guard dogs or hunting companions. Today, there are two main varieties of Shibas: the Oriental Shiba (Caucasian), and the Hokkaido Shiba (Japanese). All Shibas have a light colored coat with black markings. The hair on their heads is straight and thick, though some have distinctive “fuzzies” at the top of their head. They tend to stand up straight when walking.
The Hokkaido Shiba tends to have thicker fur than the other type of Shiba. They have dark brown eyes which are quite set in their head.
The akitas were bred from an assortment of dogs that came from the far reaches of Northern Europe and Asia. They were bred specifically for hunting bears and other large game, such as elk, moose, etc.
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