Originated in the 1600s, the Akita is amongst the oldest breeds of Japan. Noblemen of the Akita region, of the island of Honshu developed this breed of dog. Centuries ago, only Shoguns used to own this breed of dog, and used them as an Imperial guard dog. In 1931, Akita was designated as part of the national heritage by the Japanese government. Akita was introduced to the USA by Helen Keller.
The Akita is packed with incredible strength and endurance. This breed of dog features a heavy, broad head, a short muzzle, deep chest, and level back with a curled tail. Akita can swim well as it has webbed feet. Akita has a waterproof outercoat, and a thick, soft undercoat. Usually, Akita’s coat comes in red, pure white, sesame and brindle colors.
The Japanese Akita has only four different colors and they are brindle, white, sesame (i.e. hair that is red and has black tips), and red fawn.
Akita is renowned for its affection, alertness and courage. Akita does not get along with other dogs and animals, and supervision is necessary when with other household pets. Supervision is also necessary when with children, as this breed of dog will not take pokes and prods of other children calmly. Give firm and adequate training to make it a suitable household pet. Akita is unfriendly towards strangers, as it has a strong sense of territory.
Akita is prone to health problems like hip dysplasia, abnormal formation of the joints, arthritis, cushing’s disease, eye problems, hypothyroid and autoimmune thyroiditis, sebaceous gland disorders, and immune diseases like VKH and Pemphigus.
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