American Akita Facts:
The American Akita is one of the most popular breeds in America. It was first bred there in 1885. There are over 100,000 American Aikas living today. They have been bred to perform a wide variety of tasks from hunting to herding livestock and even performing search and rescue missions.
The breed has many characteristics which make it suitable for different purposes including agility, intelligence, loyalty, endurance and strength.
They are very loyal and will not leave their family unless they feel completely safe. They are also known to be good watchdogs and protectors of property. Their powerful jaws make them excellent eaters and they have been known to tear through carcasses with ease. They have been used in military roles since World War II where they were trained as snipers, machine gunners, bomb disposal experts, demolition specialists etc..
Their coat is short but thick enough to keep them warm when required. They do however shed regularly making grooming necessary.
They are usually calm and quiet dogs, preferring to stay out of the way of other animals rather than fighting or barking. They are also known to be very affectionate towards humans and will often sit patiently waiting for a treat or attention.
American Akitas come in all colors from white, black, brown, red and tan. Some have blue eyes while others have green eyes. Despite their size, they have a relatively low center of gravity and are known to have a ‘smooth’ gait rather than a ‘rolling’ one like other large breeds.
The American Akita has an average life span of between 10-12 years.
Things You Need To Know:
American Akitas should be taken on a long walk or jog every day. They have a lot of energy and if not given an outlet can become destructive around the house. They should also be given a job to do as they are natural workers eager to please their owners.
They are not recommended for first time dog owners as they can be very strong willed and require someone who knows how to display authority. It is also important that children are taught how to behave around dogs, as the Akita has a tendency to see them as playthings rather than people. An American Akita can easily snap a small child’s arm or hurt them in another way if they are playing too rough.
Although they are known to be relatively calm dogs, the Akita does have a tendency towards being aggressive with other dogs. It is important that they are brought up around a lot of other animals so that they are more accepting of them. When walking or jogging them, you should always keep them on a leash or you risk scaring other dog owners.
Their large size means that they require a lot of food. On average they need about a cup to a cup and a half of good quality dry dog food each day. They are also prone to bloat so it is important that they eat at specific times rather than free feeding.
If you want a dog that will be your protector, exercise buddy and four legged friend then the American Akita is for you. They are loving and affectionate towards their family but can be very stand offish with other people making them excellent guard dogs.
However, all this devotion and loyalty does not come without its responsibilities. The breed is unsuitable for first time dog owners and requires someone who is able to display strong leadership. They are also a huge financial commitment due to their feeding requirements and medical issues they may have.
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