Akitas are autonomous and independent dogs that tend to build a strong bond with their owners. If you are after a social butterfly, this breed will not match what you are looking for - they can be friendly to strangers or completely ignore them. This behaviour may come across as arrogant, but an Akita simply chooses their friends selectively.
Akitas tend to be very calm around the house and do not usually bark much. They are a strong-willed breed that is recommended for an experienced dog owner, as the handler needs to be confident and consistent in order to earn the dog's respect and trust.
Their calm nature gives them the ability to concentrate and work for a long time. Mental stimulation is a must, paired with lots of daily exercise.
The Akita has had a long and troubled history. It is said that the Akita originated in Japan and was originally name the Odate Dog, but the name was changed to the Akita in 1931.The Akita's ancestors worked on their own or in pairs. This may explain why they are not usually the best choice for multi-dog households or off-leash dog parks.
|Health risk:||Very high|
|Life expectancy:||11-15 years|
|Monthly cost (food):||High|
Where to get my Akita from? USA
Now that you decided which breed your new dog should be, the question is where to get your new family addition. Have you considered adopting? Adoping a dog is a great way to give a dog a second chance to share its unconditional love. Here are some organisations that may help you to find your Akita: