Everything You NEED TO KNOW About The AKITA!
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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. They have a very thick double coat: the topcoat is short, and the undercoat is extremely dense and plush. There are two different varieties to the Akita – the American Akita and the Japanese Akita. The dogs coat colours come in many different varieties and combinations in both Akitas including black, white, chocolate, brindle, red, silver, pinto and fawn. Any markings on their bodies or faces are very well-defined and can be either a mask or a blaze shape. Grooming your Akita is not too difficult, but they are very heavy shedders which is important to know if you are not someone who will be able to deal with a large amount of hair all over your home and clothes. You will be frequently hoovering up large amounts of hair so be sure to consider this when looking into the breed that you want. The heaviest of their shedding happens two or three times a year, but they continue to shed all year round. In order to slightly reduce the amount of hair you find around the house; you should brush your dog at least weekly which will also help keep their plush coat healthy and clean. They will also require baths every few months to prevent their dense coat getting matted with dirt. The lifespan of the Akita ranges from 10 to 11 years. As with all dog breeds, they can be more prone to particular health conditions, which is super important to be aware of before bringing an Akita into your life. For this breed, you should expect to see a few health clearances from the breeder which have been completed by a certified scheme. There are many Health Tests available for all breeds in order to understand potential risks and the level of those risks. For Akitas, this includes the Hip Dysplasia Scheme and Eye Schemes. Certain health conditions that Akitas are more prone to include hip dysplasia, bloat, glandular disorders, eye diseases and Sebaceous Adenitis which is a genetic condition where the sebaceous glands in the skin become inflamed for unknown reasons and can eventually break down – there are a variety of treatments that can be provided by your vet. Being aware of this prior to getting a dog is significantly important since, as an owner, you need to be able to care for your dog in the way they require which could mean some large vet bills. As I mentioned earlier on, there are two varieties of the Akita being Japanese and American. Japanese Male Akitas stand at 64 to 70 centimetres while American Male Akitas stand at 66 to 71 centimetres. Female Akitas tend to be shorter with Japanese Females standing at 58 to 64 centimetres and American Females standing at 61 to 66 centimetres. Although female Akitas tend to be shorter than male Akitas, they actually tend to weigh more. Japanese Males weigh between 32 and 39 kilograms while females weigh between 50 and 65 kilograms which is quite a large difference. American male Akitas weigh around 45 to 56 kilograms and females usually range between 45 and 66 kilograms. 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. A key fact to know about the Akita as a breed is that they are a Pedigree Breed recognised by the Kennel Club in England as part of the Utility Group. The average price for a Kennel Club registered dog is around £780, but depending on the breeder and reputation of their dogs, this could be a lot more. The Akita is an extremely impressive breed that needs a very specific owner, so do make sure that before getting a pup that you know all the key facts regarding the breed you are looking at to make sure you are able to care for them in the way they need.