Perfect Paws: Akita

The Akita is said to have originated in the Odate region in Akita Prefecture on the Japanese island of Honshu. Its original name was the Odate Dogs. It was said that the Akita was also crossed bread with the Japanese Tosa, a fighting dog which was entered in fighting competitions.

In 1907 Japan banned dog fighting. Owners of fighting dogs had no use for them so would leave them to die of neglect or turned them lose. Rabies made its way to the breed and large amounts of them were destroyed. One of the most famous Akita of all time was named Hachiko, a pup who waited 9 years at the Japanese train station for his master(who had died unexpectedly).

In 1937 Helen Keller was credited with bringing the first Akita into the United States. The breeds popularity grew in the US around WWII because the servicemen of the occupational forces admired the noble dogs and took them home to their families. As the number of Akitas grew, there became two very different types of the breed that the Japanese Kennel Club does not recognize the American version of the breed.

The breed was recognized with the American Kennel Club October 1972 where they became a regular to the show in the working group beginning April 4, 1973. These pups thrive on human companionship and should be walked everyday. They respond very well to respectful commands and positive motivation rather than force. Akitas are great with children, pretty good with other pets, training them is very easy if you use the right methods.

Are Akitas the pups for you and your family? Let me know in the comments below!


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