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Akita

Akita


Height: 24-28 inches

Weight: 75-110 lbs.

Life Span: 10-12 yrs.

Breed Group: Northern

Overview
Akitas look like warm, cuddly dogs but they are aloof with outsiders. Obedience training is a must, and exposure to a lot of people at an early age is recommended.

Some get along well with children, especially if introduced at an early age, but others do not. They bark when they perceive a threat.

Appearance
Akitas come in all colors and can be solid or have patches of two or more colors, such as white and brindle. The medium-length outercoat is stiff; the undercoat is soft, fine, and dense.

The Akita has a strong, broad muzzle and a bearlike expression. The tail is held high and curls forward.

Grooming & Exercise Needs
The Akita's coat is easily cared for with weekly brushings. Akitas need a moderate amount of exercise, such as a few long walks and some playtime daily.

Origins
The Akita descends from a spitz-like dog that existed about 5,000 years ago. It was named for the province of Akita on Japan's Honshu Island, where it was used by noblemen to hunt large game.

Special Alerts
The Akita is not suitable for inexperienced dog owners. It can be especially aggressive with other dogs.

Breed-related health concerns: hyperthyroidism (overproduction of thyroid hormones), hypothyrodism, pemphigus foliaceous (an autoimmune skin disease causing ulcers and scabs to develop on the skin), hip and elbow dysplasia, sebaceous adenitis (skin disease resulting in scabs, hair loss, and predisposition to bacterial skin infections).

 

Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club

 


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