Akita Inu: character use and care
Akita Inu, which was then Inu in Japan, the home of this dog, means dog, so often this breed belonging to the category of Asian Spitz is called Akita, and that’s it. We’re calling it in full. It’s Akita Inu.
For work, watching and hunting, it is a medium-sized breed. The strain from which it is named is that of the north-eastern dogs and their closest relatives are Japanese dogs such as “Wolf of Hokkaido,” “Shiba inu,” “Kisu ken,” “Shikoku ken,” “Kai-ken” and others.
After the Shiba Inu and the Chow Chow, the Akita Inu is the nearest genetic type to the gray wolf, a historic breed that has long maintained its clear symbolic meaning. Throughout Japan, his sculptures offered to children and the ill become a hope of better health and happiness, and his image is also reminiscent of Hachiko, Akita Inu, who became a sign of loyalty in his own nation because he was loyal to his lord until his death.
Akita Inu: history
The roots of the Akita Inu are on the island of Honsu, in the north-western region, and in the past this dog was “reserved” for the royal family and the aristocracy, which for him had specified special care and nutritional requirements, as well as a particular vocabulary to communicate to him. The Akita Inu was trained from the seventeenth century to hunt big preys (bears) and bring back water birds, even beginning to take part in battles. That was his weakness as he started to be matched with other breeds, just to compete, and it took a while to restore the Akita Inu breed as it was on its tiny original island. The breed was declared a’ national natural treasure’ in 1931. It is also used today as a police dog, it was before, but it experienced a decline for two fundamental reasons in the time of the two wars. Over 25,000 dogs came from Europe to compete with him, particularly German Shepherds, and his beautiful and soft coat frequently cost him his life to become a garment or pure military equipment during the war. The Akita Inu recovered after the wars and it is well known today, definitely beloved because it is a beautiful dog, so obedient!
Akita Inu: aspect
The Akita Inu’s construction is huge and athletic, on the other hand for bear hunting it was made. He has an outstanding body, borrowing, the males reach 70 cm at the withers, the females 64, the former weights between 58 and 64 kg, the latter much less, around 40, so the difference is obvious.
The Akita Inu’s head is big, with a broad front and a deep, liver-colored nose only when the hair is white. The eyes are dark and small, but the look is clearly attentive and docile, the ears are erect and tilted forward; the tail is rolled in different positions on its back, all accepted, except if it is straight.
Akita Inu’s hair is long and rough, but with a slightly pronounced undercoat making it irresistibly soft, particularly where it is thicker than on the tail. White, fawn, brindle and sesame are the colors accepted by the standard, but beyond the color, the urajiro is inevitable.
In the Akita Inu, on the sides of the snout and on the neck, under the jaws on the throat of the chest and on the stomach, as well as on the lower side of the thigh and in the inner parts of the legs, it is a whitish fur that must fully appear.
Akita Inu: character
Silent and cuddly with the owner, wary yet friendly with visitors, very grumpy with suspicious people: it looks like the Akita Inu. It’s a dog with a beautiful personality, docile and loyal, quick to train and bark almost never. He’s not an impulsive sort, with his confident gait, very graceful and at the same time energetic, he listens, observes and looks around.
The Akita Inu, however, is not nasty or stinky under his nose, he is a respectful and devoted dog to his owner, almost excessive-remember Hachiko-and he is very friendly and helpful even with boys. He is also playful, but isolates himself at times: he loves the business, but also protects his almost wild independence.
He shows off his aggressive nature with the other dogs, whether they are other Akita Inu or not, and it is not easy to make him live with other animals, as he is always jealous and possessive with the human being who has chosen to dedicate himself to life.
Akita Inu: use and care
As we have seen, the Akita Inu breed was raised as a hunting dog, and also with beautiful and challenging prey, but it was also valued as a transportation dog in ancient times. He later became an apartment dog in noble houses as well as a policeman, as well as a wonderful children’s companion. If a well-kept 12-15-year-old Akita Inu Campa is maintained, it is necessary to feed it in a balanced manner, with a varied and rich fish diet that he loves, like all Japanese dogs.
American Akita Inu
It was initially thought that it was a branch of Akita Inu that appeared in the U.S. and then produced, but these Akita Inu are a different stock. This is a breed that the International Kinological Federation has recently identified as the American Akita Inu, also known as the Great Japanese Dog.
It remains a Japanese dog, but it is bred in the United States in particular, it is large in size and it has a solid, well-proportioned constitution. American Akita Inu’s hair can vary in color from red to white, from the tiger colors to the total black colors. It is very similar to the Akita Inu at the character level, even though the Akita Inu Americano barks more and is more loyal to the person than the Akita Inu, it remains more tolerant of noisy people, small dogs and cats. Even this Akita Inu American test is easy to train because it is used in different activities for America: pet for the deaf, military, agility dog.