origin, size, health and behavior

Discover everything there is to know about the Akita Inu, Spitz-type dog breed: origin, size, health, behavior.

Before adopting a dog, it is important to prepare. But it is also necessary know about the dog breed that you will host. In fact, all companion dogs do not have the same characters and do not have the same needs. If you’re thinking about adopting an Akita Inu, here’s everything there is to know about this dog breed from Japan.

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Akita Ina, Japanese dog: coat, color, size

The Akita Inu is a Spitz type dog breed short hair, tall.

hair type: quite short

dress color: usually composed of red and white tawny, sometimes sesame

Source: Japan

Model: big

Weight : Between 30 and 45 kg for females and between 32 and 52 kg for males

Cut : between 58 and 64 cm for women, between 54 and 70 cm for men

The Akita is a big dog: almost 60 cm in adulthood / Photo Credit: Unsplash

The origin of the Japanese dog Akita Inu

The Akita Inu is a japanese dog breed, specifically from Akita Prefecture, Japan. In the 17th century, the Akita Matagis, ancestor of the Akita Inu, was used as a fighting dog. He fought against other dogs, but also against wild boar, deer or even bears. The Akita Matagis was later crossed with the Tosa and the Mastiff. Dog fighting was banned in 1908 in Japan. The modification of the Akita Matagis gave the Akita Inu breed a designated historical monument in Japan. But the breed almost disappeared during World War II, when all the dogs were captured. But breeders managed to save the fussy Inu, which, with its plush appearance, has become a very popular dog breed, both in Japan and around the world.

The Akita Inu is a breed of dog that originated in Japan / Photo Credit: Unsplash

Akita Inu, Japanese dog: character

The Akita Inu is a dog very affectionate and sociable. Quite independent – easily tolerates the absence of his master -, he generally likes human presence. He can also live with children, as long as he is well educated and used to them from a young age. It is ideal for a family. However, he is quite suspicious of strangers, which can make him a good watchdog, especially as the fussy Inu is quite protective. He is also suspicious of other animals unless he is used to the presence of a cat or other pet from an early age.

The Akita Inu is suitable for home and apartment living, despite its large size. More calm than playful, he will indeed adapt to his environment, even if he is small. The Akita Inu is a dog that does not bark regularly, your neighbors will like it. He likes the cold and is not afraid of bad weather, so he can stay outside, except in summer: the Akita Inu does not tolerate heat well. It must be removed daily, regardless of the weather.

The Akita Inu is a very affectionate and sociable dog / Photo Credit: Unsplash

How to educate the Japanese Akita Inu dog?

The Akita Inu is docile and receptive, thus, their upbringing is done with ease – which is ideal for owners who have never had a companion dog. However, it is necessary to be strict and firm to be obeyed, as it is a dog of strong character, especially before being operated on. But be careful, don’t confuse firmness with aggression. Aggression must be avoided in the education of a dog, regardless of breed. The education of a companion dog must be done with delicacy, with pedagogy.

Akita Inu dog health

The Akita Inu is a robust dog whose health is not fragile. And yet subject to two autoimmune diseases :

  • Sebaceous adenitis, a skin condition that can lead to hair loss.
  • VKH, a disease that can lead to depigmentation of the skin, as well as inflammation of the eye and brain. As it is a hereditary disease, it is advisable to know the pedigree when buying a puppy from a breeder or an individual.

The life expectancy of a Japanese Akita Inu is 11 to 15 years. Despite its rather short coat, it is not a hypoallergenic dog breed.

The life expectancy of an Akita Inu, male or female, is between 11 and 15 years / Photo Credit: Unsplash

Akita Inu, Japanese dog: maintenance

The Akita Inu, despite its rather short hair, lose a lot of hair. Especially during the moult: in autumn and spring, it loses its coat in tufts. During the moult, it is necessary to brush it every day. The rest of the time, brushing once or twice a week is enough. It is also advisable to regularly check your eyes and ears for dirt and brush your teeth every now and then to remove tartar and bacteria. But in general, the Akita Inu is a clean dog that doesn’t require much maintenance.

Feeding the Japanese Akita Inu Dog

The Japanese Akita Inu is quite picky about food. It is possible that you reject industrial croquettes, in particular those made from cereals which are allergenic. If this is the case, prefer meat-based croquettes or feed traditional food (raw meat, vegetables, starches) to your pet dog. For more information on the Akita Inu’s diet, ask a veterinarian who can offer proper food or other solutions.

Akita Inu, Japanese dog: breeding

When an Akita Inu female lays a bat, she will give birth to between 4 and 12 pups with each litter. When purchased from a breeder, it is necessary to count between 1,000 and 1,500 euros for an Akita Inu puppy, whether male or female. Before buying a breeding puppy, always inform yourself about the seriousness of the breeder and the conditions for breeding the dogs. It is possible to report inappropriate behavior to animal protection associations if you witness it in a breeder or an individual.

A Japanese Akita Inu puppy costs between 1000 and 1500 euros / Photo Credit: Unsplash

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