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    Akita |Japan/United States|

    Akita |Japan/United States|

    The Akita, also known as the Akita Inu or Japanese Akita, is a self-possessed and independent breed that requires consistent, knowledgeable training and socialization. As long as they get this, Akitas can make wonderful family pets. They are good with children and exceptionally loyal and devoted companions. Wary of strangers, they also make excellent watch dogs, but Akitas can be aggressive toward other dogs. Given their powerful physique and complex character, the Akita is not suitable for first-time dog owners.

    History

    Akitas are most associated with Odate City (called Dog City) and the surrounding area of the Akita prefecture on the northern end of Honshu Island. This area was home to a number of regional types of large spitz dogs collectively called Matagi-Inu, which were used for hunting large game, as guard dogs, and for dog fighting. During the nineteenth century, European breeds like Mastiffs, German Shepherds, and Great Danes were introduced, and crossbreeding with the local stock gave rise to the Tosa Inu and increased the size of the Matagi-Inu. The original Japanese type was in danger of disappearing, so in 1927, a preservation society was set up and the name Akita was adopted for the Matagi-Inu. After World War II, Akitas had all but disappeared, and the breed was salvaged using two breeding lines: the Ichinoseki and the Dewa. Dogs of the Dewa line were taken to the United States and founded the American Akita, whereas those of the Ichinoseki lines gave rise to the Akita-Inu. Despite the differences between the two types, some Kennel Clubs have only recently acknowledged them as separate.

    Akita puppies need lots of socialization and obedience training from a young age. They also need to be with their owners as much as possible and do not do well when left on their own for long periods of time.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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