Akita Inu, which then Inu in Japan, the homeland of this dog, means dog, therefore this breed belonging to the category of Asian Spitz is often called Akita stop. We call it in full. Akita Inu.
It is a medium-sized, working, guard and hunting dog. The strain from which it derives is that of the Nordic-Oriental dogs and its closest relatives are Japanese dogs such as "Hokkaido dog", The"Shiba inu", The "Kisu ken", the "Shikoku ken", The"Kai-ken ", and others.
After the Shiba Inu and the Chow Chow, theAkita Inu it is the closest breed genetically speaking to the gray wolf, it is an ancient breed that has long retained its strong symbolic meaning. In Japan, his figurines given to infants and the infirm become a wish for good health and happiness, moreover his image recalls Hachiko, Akita Inu become symbol of loyalty in his own nation because he is devoted to his master until death.
Akita Inu: history
The origins ofAkita Inu are on the island of Honsu, in the north-western region and in ancient times this dog was "reserved" for Royal family and to the aristocracy who for him had defined special provisions on care and nourishment and also a particular vocabulary with which to speak to him.
Since the seventeenth century theAkita Inu he was trained to hunt large prey (bears) and to retrieve water birds, also starting to participate in fights. That was a bit of his downfall because he began to be mated with other breeds, in order to win, and it took a while to recover the breed ofAkita Inu as it was on its islet of origin.
In 1931 the breed was declared a "National Natural Monument". Today it is also used as a police dog, it was even before but in the period of the two wars it suffered a decline for two fundamental reasons. More than 25,000 dogs from Europe arrived, above all German Shepherds, to compete with him, and during the war his beautiful and soft coat often cost him his life to become a piece of clothing or pure military equipment. After the wars, theAkita Inu he recovered and today he is quite well known, certainly admired because he is a splendid dog, docile and obedient, too!
Akita Inu: wait
The build of theAkita Inu it is massive and athletic, on the other hand it was born for bear hunting. He has an excellent physique, handsome, males reach 70 cm at the withers, females 64, the former weigh between 58 and 64 kg, females much less, about 40, so much so that the difference is evident.
The head of theAkita Inu it is broad, with a spacious forehead and dark nose, liver colored only if the hair is white. The eyes are dark and small, but the gaze is clear attentive and docile, the ears are erect and tilted forward; the tail is found curled on the back in various positions, all accepted, except if it is the straight one.
The hair of theAkita Inu it is long and coarse, but with a barely pronounced undercoat that makes it irresistibly soft, especially in the points where it is thickest such as on the tail. As for colors, those accepted by the standard are white, fawn, brindle and sesame, but beyond the color, the inevitable isurajiro.
It is a whitish hair that absolutely must emerge, in theAkita Inu, on the sides of the muzzle and on the cheeks, under the jaws on the throat on the chest and belly as well as on the lower side of the thigh and in the inner parts of the limbs.
Akita Inu: character
Quiet and cuddly with the owner, suspicious but kind to strangers, very grumpy with suspicious individuals: this is what theAkita Inu. It is a dog with a wonderful character, docile and obedient, easy to train and which almost never barks. He is not an impulsive type, he listens, observes and looks around with that proud gait of his, very stylish and at the same time vigorous.
However, he is not unpleasant or with the stench under his nose,Akita Inu indeed, he is a serious dog and devoted to his master, almost exaggeratedly - remember Hachiko - and even with children he is very sweet and helpful. He is also playful but sometimes isolates himself: he loves company but also defends his almost wild independence.
With other dogs, let them be others Akita Inu or not, he shows off his dominant nature and it is not easy to make him coexist with other animals, because he is often jealous and possessive with the human being to whom he has decided to be devoted for life.
Akita Inu: use and care
The race ofAkita Inu it was born as a hunting dog, we have seen, and also for large and demanding prey, but in ancient times it was also appreciated as a transport dog. It later became apartment dog in the homes of the nobles and also as a guard, as well as a fabulous companion for children. If well kept a specimen of Akita Inu lives 12-15 years, it is important to feed him in a balanced way, with a varied diet rich in fish that he, like all dogs of Japanese origin, loves.
American Akita Inu
It was initially thought to be a branch of Akita Inu arrived in the USA and then developed but these Akita Inu I'm just a different strain. It is a breed recently recognized by the International Cynological Federation that of theAmerican Akita Inu which is also said Great Japanese Dog.
It remains a Japanese dog but is mainly bred in the United States, it is large in size and with a strong and well proportioned constitution. The hair of theAkita Inu American can vary in color from tawny red to white passing through brindle colors up to those total black.
On a character level it is very similar toAkita Inu even if theAmerican Akita Inu compared toAkita Inu it barks more and is more attached to humans, it is not very tolerant of annoying individuals, small dogs and cats. This is also easy to train American Akita Inu proof of this is that he is employed in America in various activities: dog for the blind, Police, agility dog.
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