Is An Akita For You?
The Akita as a House Pet
Akitas are large and tough dogs, they have been bred for centuries to be house companions. The two most outstanding characteristics of the Akita as a house pet are that they are very clean and that they are very easy to house-train.
As far as the family children are concerned, there are a few worries. Akitas are devoted, patient friends and protectors of children. Akitas are typically very gentle with children, and it is said that Japanese mothers often left their children with only the Akitas to watch over and protect them.
However, young children should never be left unsupervised with large dogs of any breed, as the potential for an accident is not worth the risk.
Is the Akita the Dog for Everyone?
The person who assumes responsibility for an Akita must be able to take control of the dog at an early age. This means that the person has to be the dominant party in this relationship.
Dominance is more a state of mind, but you must also be prepared to physically dominate the dog if necessary. Akitas, as with most dogs, live their lives in a pack environment, whether the pack is with animals or people.
If you are not willing to be the leader of the pack, the Akita most certainly will. So the Akita owner must have the energy and will to keep a firm, consistent discipline as the dog matures. A little work and persistence in training in the early months with an Akita will reap you huge benefits as a well behaved member of the family down the road.
Is the Akita the Right Dog for You?
Before you buy an Akita puppy - THINK!!!!!!!!!.....
What do I want my dog to be like?
How will this dog fit into my lifestyle?
What is my living situation?
Consider what your needs are and what the dog's needs will be. Will they conflict?
Think of the dogs you've enjoyed owning in the past. Were they easygoing or intense? Self-willed, or independent; outgoing or reserved; placid or energetic?
Then ask yourself if you have the time needed to devote to socializing, training, caring for and loving your dog.
The Akita is an extremely intelligent, large, energetic, and strongly territorial dog whose life is oriented toward his owners. If he/she is the right dog for you, he/she is one of the most rewarding breeds to own, but this is also a demanding breed, and should not be added to a household on a whim.
Will you enjoy owning an Akita?
If you are looking for a bright, sensitive, responsive dog with whom you will be able to spend time, will be able to train and will be protective and loyal and devoted to you and your family for the rest of his life, then perhaps you will enjoy owning an Akita.
The Akita is a natural guard dog, they feel that one of their jobs is to protect their family. The Akita will be watchful of people on your property, expressing suspicion with a low rumble; Akitas are not usually barkers however they will bark if they feel their home or family might be in danger. They quickly learn to differentiate between strangers and friends. Akitas are not usually tolerant of other dogs especially those of the same sex but they can live happily together with other dogs in the same household especially if they are brought up together.
The Akita, although a large dog, does not require huge amounts of exercise. They thrive on a moderate amount of exercise and enjoy playing energetically.
You will be happier and so will your dog if you choose a breed that fits into your present lifestyle. Don't expect to change your way of life once you've acquired a dog.
Some useful facts
Akitas do not moult on a continual basis they do "blow their coats" about twice a year. As the new coat is beginning to grow into place, large tufts of hair will loosen. The coat can be easily removed by using an undercoat rake or wire slicker brush. The dog seems to enjoy this extra attention and if done on a regular basis as the coat is shedding, the new coat will come in more quickly.
Male Akitas may show aggression toward other male dogs, and female Akitas usually will not always tolerate another female. Akitas can live peacefully with a dog of the opposite sex,if they have been brought up together, though some Akitas prefer being an only dog!
Akitas may consider small animals as prey and hunt them. This includes cats, rodents, birds, small wildlife and small dogs. Akitas can be raised to accept animals in residence. Some adult Akitas can even be trained to fit into a home where other animals are already established. It is, however, imperative that the Akita be closely watched around the other animals until you have established a peaceful co-existence.
Akitas are very food possessive. If you have other pets, you will want to be certain the Akita is given it's own food bowl or treat well away from any other animals and that no other animal is allowed near the Akita until the food is gone.
Akitas not raised with children are not always tolerant of small children and the Akita should never be left alone with a child until you are certain you have a dog who adores all children. Often, Akitas raised with children will tolerate their own children but may not accept other children.
Akitas do not like to be teased! Some children are allowed to treat animals unkindly, a behaviour that often leads to cruelty to animals. These children should be kept away from an Akita, whose large size and hunting instincts could endanger the child's life.
Akitas like to take charge - an inherited trait from their wolf ancestry - and may at some time, challenge you for the dominant position. This behaviour cannot be tolerated and a firm, consistent correction should be your immediate response. Akitas with good temperament accept discipline well.
Akitas should be obedience trained by their owner and not sent away to school like other breeds! A good obedience class, perhaps beginning with puppys will guarantee you a firm bond with your dog and a well behaved dog.. Remember though, Akitas are extremely intelligent and tend to get bored easily. They learn quickly, so short training periods are suggested. This keeps the dog from becoming bored. Akitas are also very stubborn and when the dog thinks it's a waste of time to "sit" or "stay" one more time, he will simply walk away! Obedience training requires patience!
Some Akitas are talkers! They may grunt, groan and mumble to entertain themselves and you. This conversational verbalizing not growling and should not be interpreted as a growl, which sounds quite different. Akita "talking" is an endearing trait and should not frighten you. After living with your dog, you will easily distinguish between talking and growling. Most Akitas enjoy carrying things around in their mouth, including your wrist! They may take you by the wrist to lead you to the cookie cupboard or to their lead. It is not an aggressive act, it is an endearing trait.
Akitas are very family oriented and are not happy when kept apart from the family. If you do not plan on having your dog live with you inside both your home and garden, you should not seriously consider an Akita for a pet.
Akitas do not bark unless there is a good reason. When an Akita is barking, pay attention. Akitas are natural guardians of the home and do not require any training to turn them into guard dogs. When there is a reason to protect family and property, your Akita will act to do so.
Akitas can live up to 10-15 years with proper nutrition