origin, size, health and behavior

Discover everything there is to know about the Akita Inu, the breed of Spitz-type dogs: origin, size, health, behavior.

Before adopting a dog, it is important to prepare. But it is also necessary to find out about Dog breed which you will welcome. In fact, not all companion dogs have the same grades and do not have the same needs. If you are considering adopting an Akita Inu, here is everything you need to know about this dog breed from Japan.

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Akita Ina, Japanese dog: coat, color, size

Akita Inu is one Spitz-type dog breed short-haired, tall.

Hair type: quite short

Dress color: usually composed of yellow-brown red and white, sometimes sesame

Origin: Japan

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Weight: Between 30 and 45 kg for bitches and between 32 and 52 kg for males

Clip: between 58 and 64 cm for females, between 54 and 70 cm for males

The Akita is a large dog: almost 60 cm in adulthood / Photo credit: Unsplash

The origin of the Japanese Akita Inu dog

Akita Inu is one Japanese dog breed, specifically from Akita Province, Japan. In the 17th century, Akita Matagis, the ancestor of Akita Inu, was used as a fighting dog. He fought against other dogs, but also against wild boar, deer or even bears. Akita Matagis was later crossed with Tosa and Mastiff. Dog fighting was banned in 1908 in Japan. The change of the Akita Matagis gave rise to the Akita Inu race, which was designated as a historical monument in Japan. But the breed almost disappeared during World War II when all the dogs were captured. But breeders have managed to save the agita Inu, which with its sumptuous appearance has become a very popular dog breed, in Japan and around the world.

Akita Inu is a dog breed originating in Japan / Photo Credit: Unsplash

Akita Inu, Japanese dog: character

Akita Inu is a dog very loving and sociable. Pretty independent – he easily supports the absence of his master – he generally likes the human presence. He can also live with children if he is well educated and used to as soon as he is a puppy. It is ideal for a family. However, he is rather suspicious of strangers, which can make him a good watchdog, especially since agita Inu is quite protective. He is also suspicious of other animals unless he is used to the presence of a cat or other pet from an early age.

Akita Inu is suitable for both home and apartmentdespite its large size. Calmer than playful, he will actually adapt to his environment, even if it is small. Akita Inu is a dog that does not do regularly, your neighbors will appreciate that. He prefers the cold and does not fear bad weather, so he can stay outside, except in summer: the Akita Inu does not tolerate heat well. It must be taken out daily, regardless of the weather.

Akita Inu is a very loving and sociable dog / Photo credit: Unsplash

How to train the Japanese Akita Inu dog?

Akita Inu is pliable and receptive, thus, his training is easy – which is ideal for masters who have never had a companion dog. However, it is necessary to be strict and determined to be obeyed because it is a dog with a strong character, especially before it is operated on. Be careful though, do not confuse firmness with aggression. Aggression should be avoided in teaching a dog, regardless of breed. The training of a companion dog must be done gently, with pedagogy.

Akita Inu dog health

Akita Inu is a robust dog whose health is not fragile. That’s it though exposed to two autoimmune diseases :

  • Sebaceous adenitis, a skin disease that can lead to hair loss.
  • VKH, a disease that can lead to depigmentation of the skin, as well as inflammation of the eye and brain. Since it is a hereditary disease, it is advisable to find out the pedigree when buying a puppy from a breeder or from an individual.

The life expectancy of a Japanese Akita Inu is 11 to 15 years. Despite its rather short hair, it is not an allergy-friendly dog ​​breed.

The life expectancy of an Akita Inu, he or she, is between 11 and 15 years / Photo credit: Unsplash

Akita Inu, Japanese dog: interview

Akita Inu, despite her rather short hair, loses a lot of hair. Especially during felling: In autumn and spring it loses its fur in clumps. During felling, it is necessary to brush it every day. The rest of the time, it is sufficient to brush once or twice a week. It is also advisable to check his eyes and ears for dirt regularly and to brush teeth from time to time to remove tartar and bacteria. But overall, the Akita Inu is a purebred dog that does not require too much maintenance.

Feed the Japanese Akita Inu dog

The Japanese Akita Inu is quite picky with food. It is possible that he rejects industrial croquettes, especially those based on grains that are allergenic. If this is the case, you should prefer meat-based croquettes or provide traditional food (raw meat, vegetables, starch) to your dog. For more information on Akita Inus diet, ask a veterinarian who can offer you suitable drinks or other solutions.

Akita Inu, Japanese dog: breeding

When a female Akita Inu puts bats, she gives birth to between 4 and 12 puppies with each litter. When purchased from a breeder, it is necessary to count between 1000 and 1500 euros to an Akita Inu puppy, whether male or female. Before buying a puppy for breeding, always find out about the breeder’s seriousness and the conditions for breeding the dogs. It is possible to report inappropriate behavior to animal welfare associations if you have witnessed it with a breeder or an individual.

A Japanese Akita Inu puppy costs between 1000 and 1500 euros / Photo credit: Unsplash

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