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Akitas are very playful and fun-loving dogs by nature and really enjoy being involved in everything that is going on in their environment including family fun and games. They are known to remain playful well into older age and this makes for a home with an Akita always entertaining and enjoyable.  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 supervise your dog with your children, particularly those younger, because although the Akita is a good-natured dog, they are also big and muscular – especially to a child – this could mean that they could accidently knock over a child as most of the time dogs don’t seem to realise just how strong or how big they are. Akita want to show you their devotion, but it’s essential to do proper training and early socialisation in order for them to know how they should behave and also its crucial to teach your kids how best to behave around any dogs. 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.  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. Being a larger dog, they need a lot of space to roam, so a secure garden is highly recommended. They need a minimum of 2 hours of exercise every day which should be a combination of walks, off-lead runs in a safe environment, playtime and mental stimulation. 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. As an owner you will need to be able to provide this level of exercise for your dog to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. Play time is a great way to provide both physical and mental exercise for your Akita – teaching them tricks, or games like hide and seek are great ideas for a dog of such high intelligence and stamina. 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 their being a calm and consistent leader in their home that they can look to for guidance. Akita puppies require a lot of socialisation with other animals and people of all ages, alongside being taught boundaries. It’s important, like with training, that this is done in puppyhood before these impressive dogs grow into large and powerful adult dogs; without this they can easily become overpowering and difficult to handle.  When an Akita bonds with their family, that bond remains very strong throughout their life – they are loyal protectors of their family and home. They long to care for the family with everything in them and that is a bond like no other.  As with all dogs, temperament can vary greatly in a breed and the Akita is no different. One Akita may have a higher required activity level in comparison to another Akita that is much more laid back, but they still all will most certainly thrive on activity. Temperament is largely influenced by lots of different factors and this is something you need to be aware of in preparation when looking into getting a puppy.  You can guarantee that your Akita will keep you entertained with their playful nature and intrigued personality. They long to please you and play time makes for happiness for you and, being a perceptive dog, they know when they are pleasing you and tend to use their personality to entertain.

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