What is an Akita Like?
The Akita is territorial, dominant and can be very dog aggressive. They are excellent guard dogs and need no special training to protect what is theirs. The Akita is not a breed for everybody and certainly not for beginners. Only experienced dog owners should ever consider owning an Akita.
They make wonderful family pets and are truly devoted to their owners and families. However, these dogs MUST be socialised from an early age and obedience training is essential. Socialising with other dogs and particularly children while still a puppy is extremely important. During puppy hood positive experiences with new situations will ensure the resulting adult Akita be more tolerant of those situations.
Akitas are highly intelligent and learn quickly but they also get bored easily so training methods must be varied to keep them interested. Repetitive training methods will not be successful with the Akita. The Akita must NEVER be "attack trained" unless being used as a working dog, such as police, army, security etc. Pet Akita's trained this way can be lethal weapons. Akita's are natural guardians, clever enough to assess a situation and deal with it, without the need for any attack style training.
Being a pack animal an Akita must know where he is in the pecking order. Ownership does not guarantee leadership. If leadership is not established by the time the puppy reaches puberty/adulthood the Akita will assume leadership and problems will arise. Leadership comes with gentle positive actions and is a respect that is earned. Harsh training methods will not be tolerated but instead retaliated. Taking puppy to obedience training classes regularly not only helps with obedience but also socialises the puppy and assists the puppy to establish who is pack leader.
Used for centuries as hunting dogs for large game the Akita was also cross bred with the Japanese Tosa to create a fearless fighting dog. Unfortunately, this aggressive trait can still be evident in the Akita today. Therefore Akitas can be inherently aggressive towards other dogs. If challenged, an Akita will NEVER back down from a challenge. For this reason they must NEVER be let off lead to roam free. Good strong high fencing is a must when owning such a breed.
While good health of breeding stock is very important, temperament of the breeding pair is of equal importance. Without good temperament your very healthy puppy could grow up to be an aggressive nightmare. Teddikuma Akitas are striving to achieve temperaments that are very laid back with fewer tendencies to challenge yet still displaying the characteristic Akita qualities that excel in the show ring. We believe that with carefully planned breeding programs positive results can be achieved.
Akitas can tolerate most temperatures from extreme cold to extreme hot, but adequate shelter and fresh water must always be readily available at all times. All Akitas are happiest when they live in the house with their family and will only revert to destructive or aggressive behaviour if denied the closeness of their family. Akitas should never live their lives tied to a post or tree. This will only intensify their tendency to become aggressive and territorial.
The Akita's exercise requirements are moderate but they can adapt to high or low exercise levels. They do not need to run free in the park. Their owner should walk them on leash daily. Some Akitas can climb even a 6-foot fence so a safe secure fenced yard or dog run is important. Regular vaccines and health checks by a vet, common sense nutrition, fresh water at all times and normal exercise will keep an Akita healthy for its expected life of 10 to 14 years.
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