In Japan, the Akita Inu is considered to be a national treasure. This breed has been used as a hunting dog and for fighting in feudal times, but now it is largely a companion animal.

The Akita Inu hails from the mountainous regions of northern Japan, where the winters are cold and harsh. The ancestors of this breed were hunting dogs, and they often hunted in packs. They retrieved the prey by killing it and bringing it back to their masters.

Akitas originated as a fighting or hunting dog breed, used for combat between two dogs or against bears. If the Akita lost, he would hold on until his master killed the other canine; if he won, he would kill the other animal himself. The breed was kept mostly by samurai, who treated their Akitas well and kept them as companions rather than attack dogs. These people brought the Akita to the imperial court in Japan, where it received its name.

They are brave and loyal, making them great guard dogs. Akitas need a lot of mental stimulation to keep from getting bored or destructive, because they are very intelligent. It is not safe to leave an Akita alone for long periods of time without something to do, as they are easily frustrated. This may lead them to become depressed. The breed typically lives 10-12 years, but sometimes live up to 15 years. Akitas have few genetic health problems other than hypothyroidism and hip dysplasia; other diseases that affect the breed include cardiomyopathy, allergies, cancer, autoimmune disease and entropion (an eye disorder). Akitas should not live in hot weather, because they have a double coat and cannot adjust to changing temperatures. They may drool more than most dogs. It is a good idea for Akitas to be spayed or neutered so they do not develop problems with their hormones.

Akitas are large dogs with a bear-like appearance. They have a furry coat that is white with dark patches, called a sesame coat. They have a broad head and a short muzzle, as well as small eyes and erect ears. The lips are close-fitting, which gives the dog the appearance of smiling. The tail hangs down and does not curl over the dog's back.

Akitas can reach up to 30 inches in height at the shoulder, and they can weigh as much as 115 pounds.

The Akita Inu is a highly intelligent breed that learns new commands quickly. They are independent, confident, and brave dogs.

Akitas have been associated with several different types of stories and legends throughout history. When crossing over water, folktales say that Akitas are able to carry their own food with them, so they can survive in the wilderness without getting hungry. In Japan, there is a saying that when an Akita steps on your foot, it means you have been forgiven for any wrongdoings you have committed against the dog's master. The breed was also featured in a Japanese fairy tale called "The Legend of Kamakura." In the story, a boy and girl are tricked into thinking their godly parents have been killed. They both leave home to lead separate lives, eventually becoming rulers over different areas of Japan. The godly parents were resurrected after several years, but by this time all was forgiven.

Akitas were first brought to the United States by Helen Keller in 1937. They became recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1972.

In 2010, Akitas had a median lifespan of 10 years and 4 months, which is only slightly shorter than that of all other breeds. In Japan, nine Akita dogs have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

According to a study done by the United States National Research Council, Akita Inu (the breed's original name) has been ranked as one of the most ancient dog breeds in history. The findings indicate that these dogs were brought over from Japan to North America by humans around 10,000 years ago, and that they are one of the oldest dog breeds in North America.

Akitas are alert, observant dogs that are highly intelligent and very loyal to their owners. They are serious, strong-willed dogs that can be aggressive if they feel threatened or challenged. Akitas often need an owner who is larger than them, with a calm demeanor; they are not good with small children.

Akitas are devoted to their owners, but they can also be aloof with strangers, especially if the dog is not properly socialized. They can make excellent watchdogs, as they will bark when someone approaches the house. This is where it gets tricky; Akitas may become aggressive towards people who come near the house, which may be due to under-socialization or because they are simply trying to protect their family. They need early socialization in order to prevent them from becoming too aggressive towards other dogs and people.

Akitas can be difficult to train because of their independent nature, but they learn new commands quickly if rewarded with food or praise. Akitas are renowned for having a strong prey drive, which means they will often chase other animals. It is important to keep this in mind when introducing an Akita to other animals or small pets.

An Akita's thick coat sheds heavily during the spring and fall, twice as much as most breeds shed. Unspayed females tend to have more problems with allergies than unspayed males, so if you think your dog is allergic to its own fur, get it spayed or neutered.

This breed can live in any climate, but they prefer cold weather. They need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation, but can adapt well to most living situations. Akitas are very strong dogs who need to be able to roam around freely, so they are not well suited for city living. They may have problems getting enough exercise if their owner lives in a small house or an apartment with no yard.

Akitas tend to drool more than most dogs. They also shed heavily twice a year. They are not good with children because of their independent nature and large size.

Akitas are brave, intelligent dogs that need a lot of attention to stay happy. They do well with older children who understand how to interact with dogs without being rough or teasing them. Akitas may not be the right breed for first-time dog owners, but they can make excellent pets for people who have experience with strong-willed dogs.


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