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There are many things to consider before bringing a puppy into your home, especially if this is your first ever experience of having your own dog. Akitas are not the best choice for a first-time dog owner because of they need to be handled by someone that is very familiar with the breed’s very specific needs. The Akita needs a handler that can train them extremely well with consistency and take the time to socialise their dog from a young age. Their high intelligence, but dominant nature means that they need an owner that is familiar with the personality of the breed. They need an owner who has enough time to dedicate to training their dog. You must start training an Akita from puppyhood so that they are very aware of who the leader of the pack is. Akita puppies require a lot of socialisation with other animals and people of all ages, alongside being taught boundaries so they understand who is the leader of the pack that they listen to, respect and look to for direction and guidance. It’s important that this is done in puppyhood before these impressive dogs grow into large and powerful adult dogs; without this they can easily overpower you and act as though they are the alpha in the pack. When an Akita bonds with their family, that bond remains very strong throughout their life – they are loyal protectors of their family and home. As a first-time dog owner, we recommend looking into a breed that does not need such a high level of dedication and time to training due to its character and temperament. Akitas are incredibly intelligent dogs and their large muscular build means that they need a lot of daily exercise and mental stimulation in order to maintain a happy and healthy life. An Akita needs a minimum of two hours of exercise each day which should include long walks and off-lead running in safe and secure areas where there are no other animals or livestock around due to the Akita’s high prey drive – they were bred to hunt wild animals, and this is an inherent instinct that you need to be aware of. They are powerful dogs with an athletic build and need to be able to release their energy to prevent any bad habits and behaviours from developing. They should be let out into the back garden as often as possible, but this does need to be extremely secure as they are well-known as being very intelligent escape artists. The Akita is a large and strong breed that was originally used for guarding royalty and nobility in Japan alongside having been used as working dogs hunting wild boar, black bear and sometimes deer. They are a determined and courage-filled dog breed loyal to their family. The strong and muscular build to the Akita is what creates their noble and powerful appearance alongside their heritage. An Akita that is trained specifically as a watchdog rarely fits in well into a domestic environment and many Akita breeders will not sell their puppies to a person that they suspect will be doing this. Akitas are known to be tolerant of children but tend to keep themselves to themselves when things get too busy or noisy. The strong bond that an Akita forms with their family and their instinctive natural feeling to protect the children will show through – this is something to be very aware of as an owner especially if your children have friends over or you have strangers to your dog often coming round to your home. Although they have this protective nature, they are an incredibly good playmate due to their fun-loving attitude and high stamina. Akitas tend to become great companions with children of all ages that they have grown up with. The temperament of an Akita depends on the level of socialisation they are given as puppies alongside their character and how they are treated. It’s super important to do lots of research before making your final decision when getting your puppy, so we highly recommend watching more videos and reading up about the breed. Overall, as a breed, the Akita is not one for a first-time owner. We highly recommend that a breed as powerful and strong-minded as the Akita needs an experienced owner that can continue to train them consistently throughout the dog’s whole life. They are very stunning dogs but have very high requirements of care and training in order to have them as a family pet.