Monday, June 8, 2015

Breed Profile Series 1 of 7: Akita

This summer we are going to run a 7 part breed profile series.  These breed profiles will cover a few of the less common breeds found in the United States.  If there are any breeds you are curious about and would like to learn more, please let me know for future posts.  This first post will be on the Akita.  

You might be interested to know that there are two distinct types/breeds of Akita.  The original Akita is a Japanese line of dog and often referred to as an Akita Inu.  Then there is the American Akita which originated in North America.  This breed is recognized as a single breed in North America but elsewhere they are classified as two different breeds.  

These two breeds do have different looks and temperaments.  The American Akita is larger than the Japanese Akita in both height & weight.  The American Akita, also, comes in any color and always has a black mask where as the Japanese Akita is smaller, and comes only in orange/white, brindle (black/white/orange) and snow white but never with a black mask.  You can expect the cost of a purebred Akita Inu to be more than an American Akita, because most of the breeders had to import their dogs from Japan or Europe, at some point.  

Image:  American Akita (left); Akita Inu (right)

I have found Akitas to be stubborn goofballs.  They do, however, tend to be very aloof and reserved with people outside of their pack.  They are dogs that need a firm and consistent owner or you can encounter behavior issues.  Common behavioral issues can include aggressive behaviors towards small animals and with food.  These behaviors can me mitigated with solid training and socialization as young pups.  This table provides some general information about the Akita breeds.  The breeds are very similar with a few notable differences.  Sources can be found below.


Akita Inu
American Akita
Life Expectancy
11-15 years
10-12 years
General Appearance
This square upright dog is well balanced, with well-developed muscles and tendons. The skin is free of wrinkles and not loose. The male and female are clearly distinguishable from each other. Japanese Akitas are dignified, quick, and agile. Balance is very important in the overall picture of the dog. Because of efforts made to restore the breed to its origins, upon first glance, an oriental look must be evident, as well as an expression of intelligence and air of aloofness.
Large, powerful, alert, with much substance and heavy bone. The broad head, forming a blunt triangle, with deep muzzle, small eyes and erect ears carried forward in line with back of neck, is characteristic of the breed. The large, curled tail, balancing the broad head, is also characteristic of the breed.
Height
Weight
22-26 in
75-120 lbs
24-28 in
75-120 lbs
Temperament
Independent and reserved, especially around strangers, the Japanese Akita can give the impression of being aloof. Confident, smart and docile, it is a loyal and highly protective companion to its family members.
Docile, intelligent, courageous and fearless. Careful and very affectionate with its family. Sometimes spontaneous, it needs a firm, confident, consistent pack leader. Without it the dog will be very willful and may become very aggressive to other dogs and animals.
Health Issues
Prone to hip dysplasia, both hypothyroid and autoimmune thyroiditis, immune diseases like VKH and Pemphigus, skin problems like SA and eyes (PRA, Micro, entropion) patella and other problems with the knee.
Prone to hip dysplasia, both hypothyroid and autoimmune thyroiditis, immune diseases like VKH and Pemphigus, skin problems like SA and eyes (PRA, Micro, entropion) patella and other problems with the knee.
Exercise Requirements
Needs regular exercise/long daily walks
Needs regular exercise/long daily walks
Grooming Requirements
Needs significant grooming
Brush with a firm bristle brush
Bathe only when absolutely necessary as bathing removes the natural waterproofing of the coat. This breed sheds heavily twice a year.
Needs significant grooming
Brush with a firm bristle brush
Bathe only when absolutely necessary as bathing removes the natural waterproofing of the coat. This breed sheds heavily twice a year.


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