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Welcome to our website devoted to Inu care and training. Akitas Inu's are wonderful family companions. They are loyal, lovable, and naturally protective.

Throughout this site, you will get a greater understanding of what Akita Inus are all about, common Akita behaviors, and how to train your dog to follow rules and even do some tricks. Whether you consider yourself an expert or a novice, there are always things to learn about your Akita. So read on and learn to love your pet…

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The Akita Breed

The Akita, more formerly known as the Akita Inu, is a large dog which originated in Japan. Recent DNA tests reveal that the Akita is among the most ancient dog breeds. The Akita have a life span of only approximately ten years.

These Japanese dogs at one time were called Matagi Inu because they were used by Matagi for hunting. At that time they were small to medium size dogs and were not as large as they are today. The Akita Matagis were a mix of Tosas and Mastiffs. Many of this breed were used as guard dogs, fighting dogs, and hunting dogs.

During World War II the fur of the Akita was used for military garments. All dogs, except German Shepherds, were captured and used for military purposes. Many people began to breed the Akita with the German Shepherd to avoid capture. Sadly, there were only about twenty purebred Akita left in Japan by the end of World War II. After World War II the Akita became quite popular because of their large size.

The Akita Inu stands about 64-70cm at the shoulders and weighs about 34-54kg. This breeds’ coat comes in only five colors which are red, fawn, brindle, white, and sesame. They have a double coat; a dense straight undercoat and a thick outer coat. This makes their coats waterproof and ready for fierce winters. Their coats do require daily grooming especially in the summer as they shed quite a bit.

Some breeders have interbred the American Akita with the Japanese Akita resulting in a larger dog in more colors. This interbreeding is thought to have improved the appearance and health of the dog.

Because Akita’s are a large breed of dog, they are not recommended for new owners. These dogs require an experienced master who is able to train and handle them. To avoid undesirable aggression the Akita should be well socialized. They are a dominant dog and may expect other dogs to be submissive.

They are pack oriented, which means that keeping them isolated from a social environment causes them great stress. Akita’s should be left unattended in the backyard or kennel because they tend to become destructive due to boredom.

Training the Akita Inu can be a challenge as they get easily bored and stop paying attention and they are also stubborn. They are highly intelligent and will only perform a task if they feel there is a point to it. Don’t expect the Akita to be a “trick” dog. When training an Akita, an owner must be firm but loving and always consistent.

Common heath problems in the Akita include canine herpes virus, progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and gastric dilation volvulus. In a 2004 UK Kennel Club survey, the most common causes of death among the Akita Inu were cardiac problems, bloat, torsion, and cancer.

This breed makes an excellent house dog. They only require moderate exercise and usually do not bark unless there is a reason. They love children and feel a sense of duty to protect them. In fact it is said that Japanese mothers would often leave their children with only the Akita to watch over them. The Akita is devoted and affectionate to its family but not with others. They are well known for their loyalty.