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The Akita is a powerful breed of dog with an intimidating presence. They originated from the mountainous Northern part of Japan that grew as a dominating breed that needs essential training for their skills. This breed is not fond of strangers but extremely sweet and loyal when it comes to their family.
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Key Facts & Information
- They were named after the province of Akita in Japan.
- Akitas were referred to as “snow country dogs” before they were given an official breed name.
- This breed was developed through crossings of chow chows with Japanese Kari and Tosa dogs.
- They were used for guarding royalty and nobility for feudal Japan back in the 1600’s. The Emperor of Japan and even samurai soldiers made them guardians of the people and their properties.
- The Akitas were usually used for hunting large game, namely bears and boars, and could keep their prey at bay before the hunters arrive.
- They are considered in Japan to be tender-hearted and strong.
- Since being brought to America, 2 varieties were formed: the Akita Inu or Japanese Akita and the American Akita.
- A male Akita stand tall at 26 to 28 inches and weighs 85 to 130 pounds.
- A female Akita has a height of 24 to 26 inches and has a weight of 70 to 110 pounds.
- An Akita has a large head with a broad neck and chest.
- They have small eyes and erect ears.
- They are double-coated with the undercoat being very dense and plush which makes them suitable for the cold weather. They also excessively shed.
- The Japanese Akita comes in the colors white, pinto, and brindle.
- A pinto-colored Akita has a white back with evenly placed patches that takes up one third of their body.
- A white Akita does not have a mask.
- Their outer coat may have a different color from their undercoat.
- An Akita’s tail is large, carried high and usually curled over their back.
- They are used to being alone and are usually aggressive to other breed of dogs, especially of the same sex.
- An Akita is an overly affectionate, loving, and a playful dog when it comes to their family.
- They are extremely alert, intelligent, and courageous which makes them perfect company for hunting and guarding.
- They need daily exercise and activities to keep them in check and prevent them from being destructive.
- They are naturally stubborn, known to grumble, moan, and bark if it is necessary for the situation.
- Akitas are loyal and territorial of their home and would like to be above other breed of dogs.
- They excel when challenged or given a task.
- Using their mouth, they love to carry things around, including household items.
- They like to lick their body.
- Interaction with children may need to be supervised for one mistake could be dangerous for the child.
Care, Feeding, and Grooming
- It is best to keep them in a secure area and fenced property for they are aggressive and might attack someone who mistakenly steps onto their property.
- Walking and letting them play even for an hour a day is essential.
- A varied routine is best for them not to get bored as to not develop behavior problems such as digging and chewing.
- They grow rapidly between the ages four to seven months which makes them prone to bone disorders.
- This breed of dog should be given a high quality but low calorie diet to restrict them from growing too fast and for them to be efficient.
- Their joints will be fully developed when they are at the age of 2 so refrain them from playing on solid pavements and forced jumping to avoid any disorder.
- They are excessive shedders and heavier shedding occurs two to three times in a year.
- They need bathing every three months despite their self-grooming habits and brushing is required to maintain the healthy plush coat.
- Helen Keller, a political activist, is the first one to introduce and bring this breed to America in 1937 when she expressed the desire to have one, so as a gesture of respect, she was given a puppy and named him Kamikaze-go.
- When a child is born, Japanese parents receive a small statue of Akita for they are a symbol of protection, happiness, long life, and health.
- Hachiko, the famous dog known for his loyalty since the 1920s, is from the breed of Akita.
- They prefer the cold weather, love to eat snow, and to roll in it.
- Their trademark is their tail which is unique for each dog and usually curls over their back.
- They are also qualified as a therapy dog and can be seen in hospitals and nursing homes to interact with patients.
- They can be seen in dog sports that specialize in obedience and agility.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Akita across 23 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Akita worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Akita which is a powerful breed of dog with an intimidating presence. They originated from the mountainous Northern part of Japan that grew as a dominating breed that needs essential training for their skills. This breed is not fond of strangers but extremely sweet and loyal when it comes to their family.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Akita Facts
- All About Akitas
- Akita Origins
- Akita Attributes
- True or False
- Personality Test
- Akitas vs. Akita Inus
- Caring For Akitas
- Missing: Akita
- Japanese Origins
- Akita Acrostics
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