All About Akitas
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The Akitas is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 25 to 28 inches.
Weight: 85 to 130 pounds.
Females – Height: 23 to 26 inches.
Weight: 65 to 110 pounds.
Akitas are commonly white, brindle or pinto.
Akitas are quiet dogs who are extremely protective of their families. They enjoy being the leader of the pack and can be domineering, though they will act obediently when given proper training. Stubborn and tenacious, Akitas are very demonstrative of their feelings toward their families.
Akitas, a medium-energy breed, require vigorous daily exercise in the form of a run or a hard workout in the backyard. Akitas can become restless and difficult if they don’t receive enough activity.
- Akitas have a double coat with soft, short undercoats covered by dense, harsh outercoats.
- They are a low-maintenance grooming breed, requiring only a weekly brush, but they do shed.
- Their most distinctive feature is their tail, which is fuzzy and curls up over the dog’s back.
10 to 12 years
The most common health concerns for Akitas include canine hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. Elbow dysplasia, pemphigus, sebaceous adenitis and gastric torsion are less common but still occur within the breed, while patellar luxation and entropion are seen occasionally.
Akitas have a low tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates.
Though they can be loving and loyal, Akitas are not the ideal fit for every family. They must be supervised around young children, and they may clash with their masters if not properly trained. They can also be aggressive toward other dogs. They are friendly toward other household pets.
- Akitas are a working breed that originated in Japan. They are seen as spiritual dogs by the Japanese, who often give the parents of a newborn baby a small statue of an Akita to represent health, happiness, and long life.
- Akitas should not be fed onions, as they can spur changes in the dogs’ red blood cells.
- Helen Keller was the first American Akita owner.