Animals

How to care for an Akita Inu

Akita is not a Labrador. This dog is loyal to his family and is not too kind to strangers and other animals. It is a proud, powerful dog and will protect your family from any threat.

Items you need to take care of an Akita

• Candies
• cage
• Water bird toys
• Tracks

Step 1. Start training your akita as soon as you take him home. This breed is intelligent but stubborn, so training takes time and patience. Give treats as positive reinforcement and stand firm. This breed has a personal>

Step 2. Train him to make his needs inside the cage. Put it in the cage when you can't see it and take it out of the house to excrete. The cage will help you train faster and provide a comfortable place to hang out when you have guests. Akitas are very intense dogs that can make some people feel nervous.

Step 3. Give your dog water bird toys so he can take them everywhere. It is a bit of a freak but the Akitas like to have something in their mouths. If you don't provide your dog with his own items to put in his mouth, then he will take something from you.

Step 4. Take your pet to a park and other places where there are friendly people or invite your friends so they can spend time with your dog. Socialization with people is essential for an Akita. Since the breed was originally bred for surveillance, they can become aggressive with strangers if they do not receive adequate socialization.

Step 5. Take your pet for a walk always holding it with a leash. Akitas are known to be aggressive towards other animals, so you should never run freely. On the other hand, the fencing of the yard can offer your dog a comfortable escape and you should not worry more about the wild animals that might be within reach.

Step 6. Invent new games to interact with your dog. The Akita is intelligent and likes challenges. Agility training and tracking games can keep your dog calm.

Step 7. Avoid rough play or run on hard surfaces with an Akita until you are at least 2 years old. The breed grows rapidly and a puppy can suffer from bone and joint problems from the beginning, so you must wait until he is older and his joints are solid enough to perform stronger activities.

Step 8 Feed your Akita with a high-quality dog ​​food that contains meat and protein. Adults should eat between 3 and 5 cups daily. Puppies need a specialized low-calorie diet to prevent too rapid growth, so check with the vet before taking an Akita to your home.

Step 9 Brush your Akita at least once a week, but don't expect your house to be free of hair, these will be everywhere, even when you brush it daily.

Step 10. Bathe your pet once every three months or so. This breed is kept clean by licking and grooming itself as if it were a gigantic species of cat.

Step 11. Visit a veterinarian regularly to perform your Akita exams to determine if you have common health problems that can be hip dysplasia, swelling, hypothyroidism, eye problems and sebaceous adenitis: a genetic skin disorder.

Warning. Some landlords do not approve the Akitas, so you must verify the contract before taking one to the rental house.

HYDRATION AT THE END OF THE BATH

After rinsing apply a good light moisturizer. Dissolve the moisturizing agent in water and put the mixture in a good spray or in a mixing canister. It is very important that it is a product that respects the pH of your skin.

The ones I recommend are moisturizing agents for the maintenance of a careful mantle. They are light. Frequently used will provide the ideal hydration for perfect maintenance and finishing. If we hydrate too much we will observe that it will take a long time to dry the hair and the final result will be a straight mantle, with a tendency to cake. Hard to handle for the arrangement.

If you have a copy with which you have neglected and want to recover your hair, promptly wear a regenerating mask. Once recovered, you can use the lightest moisturizing agents that I have recommended.

Use an ejector for drying. It is very important that the drying is at a low temperature so as not to dehydrate the outer layer. The ejectors work at low temperature, expelling a lot of air flow at high speed. Drying time is reduced.

Everything you should know about Akita Inu

Surely you know the story of "Hachiko", the faithful Akita who for ten long years waited every day at the train station for the arrival of his deceased owner. A story that moved hearts across the planet and was taken to the movies, with Richard Gere in the role of the owner of this noble dog, titled “Hachiko, always by your side. ”

His worldwide fame is a fact and the lifting of a statue in the same station where he died after one of his daily waits, is the most sincere tribute of the local people to this magnificent specimen, whose behavior captivated everyone.

A race of extraordinary value that until the 30s of the last century was known as Odate Inu and that is really old, considering that it is possible that it has existed for 3,000 years. Its true history is uncertain, given the few written documents that are preserved for that purpose.

This fascinating animal has been since ancient times a working dog that stood out in the hunt, collecting pieces in the river. In war conflicts it was much appreciated as defense and attack dog. The darkest part of its history places it as fighting dog, for what was carefully prepared between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries.

The inhospitable and mountainous Japanese prefecture of Akita was the scene in which these dogs were used in pairs of males and females with the aim of hunting wild boars, bears and elk.

In the nineteenth century, the samurai still did not want to do without these dogs, for fighting and defense. His idea was to get dogs with greater strength, so that for a century they dedicated themselves to crossing copies of Akita Inu with other large-scale dogs of the English mastiff style, completely distorting the precious physical features of such a beautiful breed.

The Akita was the favorite dog of the nobility and the brave warriors. At that time, the legend ran from mouth to mouth that if a samurai died without honor, it was possible that in his next life he would be reincarnated into a dog of this breed. In this way he would have the opportunity to die with all the honor and loyalty to his owner, which would be a way to counteract his disastrous previous behavior.

Fortunately, cruel dog fights were banned in 1908, so the aforementioned crossings ceased to make sense and, thanks to the breeding and recovery programs that were put in place, they managed to get it again original spitz dogs.

However, World War II was about to end this dog, as with many others. It was then that the crossing between the Akita and copies of German shepherds of those who accompanied the American troops gave rise to American akita.

For its part, the Japanese Akita also began to recover, due to the existence of the few specimens with Japanese features that were maintained through selective breeding programs, establishing a separation between the Akita Inu and its American version.

To do this, they left the Matagi line, which was the most similar to the original of those that were preserved there by 1945, the other two being the Fighting akita (result of crossing with a cough dog) and the Akita sheepdog (result of crossing with a German sheepdog).

Thus, race lovers managed to generate the Akita Inu standard that is known today and that is larger than the Akita Matagi original, recovering the spitz type and discarding the attributes of both the mastiff and the Australian sheep.

HYDRATION OUT OF THE BATH

This is very important, do not dream that the bathroom will provide all the necessary hydration. Since their skin and mantle cannot get all the nutrients they need from their blood, they are continuously dehydrated. It is imperative that you apply external moisturizers frequently. Otherwise the hair will become brittle, it will tend to yellow, it will split and become entangled.

Therefore, even if you do not "touch" bathing, spray plenty of moisturizing agent on your hair whenever you need it, so that it is absorbed by the mantle. The touch of your fingers will tell you how often you should do it.

Brush it frequently, but do not forget to spray a little moisturizer before doing so, so that the card or brush does not break, or tear that precious hair. Brush carefully. Use a soft metal barbed brush without a ball on the tip. I recommend Ibáñez soft brushes or black soft brushes. For drying the mantle after bathing, you may find it more comfortable to help yourself with a soft card. I recommend soft cards and extra soft and flexible double cards Ibáñez.

Characteristics and physical features

This breed of dogs that is venerated in Japan, being its country of origin, is a true national treasure in the form of a large dog, with a height at the cross of between 61 and 67 centimeters. Its weight is around 45-55 kilos on average. Of strong constitution it is a little longer than tall and has a powerful and flexible movement

His snout It is tremendously strong, wider at its base and moderately long. Its powerful bite has teeth that close scissor-shaped, which makes it very powerful and makes it impossible for it to be open from the outside until it is not the dog itself who decides to do so.

The scissor bite has been one of the physical aspects that have earned him his classification as a potentially dangerous dog, along with its large size and the fact that he is considered an innate hunter, which is supposed to lead to certain dangerous situations in the event that an Akita has not been conveniently socialized.

His ears They are tiny and thick, leaning forward. His eyes They are small and often distant from each other, usually dark brown or brown.

Your back It is firm and straight, with a muscular and broad renal region. Its anterior and posterior extremities must be perfectly developed and strong enough, so that the canid can perform well in all the activities it undertakes.

His feet They are round and solid, well closed. Your nails They are hard. His legs They are palmipeded like those of cats and is an unusual swimmer. It's tail coiled comes to rest on the back. This part of your body has a more abundant coat than the rest.

FINAL ARRANGEMENT

The Akita has a delicate arrangement. Everything must seem natural. But it is not so easy. It is about modeling the hair in order to stylize your figure. To do this you must play with the volumes of the mantle in the different parts of your body. In certain areas you need to remove and in others give volume.

Reduce volume: In certain areas such as neck, angulations. Try to stylize. Use an open Ibanez Coat (12-16 blades) to eliminate part of the sub-hair. Take care. It is not about removing the sub hair completely. It's about playing with the sub hair to stylize the figure. If you need to profile the tips, help yourself with scissors to sculpt.

Giving Volume: There are several tricks to give and improve the volume of the legs, head and body. It is essential especially when these areas are sparsely populated.
• To obtain a light volume: Spray a volumizer-texturizer very lowered in water and then spray a little, very little, of Final Effect Kw. If you have a dryer or ejector, use it.
• The best and most intense system consists in spraying a diluted volumizing-texturing product onto the mantle. Wet it well, but without getting soaked. Dry with ejector or dryer.
• If you need maximum volume, practice the previous point but before drying, apply a Mousse or Volumizing Foam and then dry.

Pre-fix drying must be thorough. Brush against the aid of a flexible extra soft card. The mantle should be open, stretched and hollow in order for the scissors arrangement to be precise. As a final finish on legs, hands, feet and tips, use a straight scissors of 19 cm. in length and scissors for sculpting of closed teeth. Use a metal comb from 19 to 23 cm. for the correct placement of the hair before giving the cut. That way the final result will be more accurate.

PERFECT FINISH. PREPARATION FOR EXHIBITION

A good mantle has a genetic base, but above all it is the prize for good maintenance. The time we have before an exhibition is essential.

When the exhibition is arrived with a caked, straight mantle, caused by the trip, the exhibitors turn to finished products that provide a feeling of loose and dense mantle.

Do not neglect the color. Objectively compare the color of your dog with that of the winners. Do not present a dog with faded color, no shine. The color "is also made and maintained." It is very practical to carry colored chalks, spray, stick or powder in your briefcase. The most perfectionists mix chips of two colors to find the exact tone they need. You can always correct the pinkish areas of the lachrymal with the chalk or the tear pencil. Use the Kw Antilagrimeo. as prevention

If it becomes stained during the trip, spray the stained areas with a specific dry shampoo on the exhibition, or with your usual enhancement shampoo very diluted in water (a part of shampoo in twenty of water). Rub and then dry with an absorbent cloth. It will leave all the dirt in it. Then lightly spray your usual moisturizer and dry with a dryer, stretching the mantle very well, using a soft barbed brush.

Once our work is finished, five minutes before entering the ring, spray a polishing spray, so that the dog enters with an ideal shine.

A discolored truffle has a very bad effect. Even if you have become accustomed to seeing her like this, the judge will call your attention especially. If necessary, do not hesitate, use that product called "Black and Bright Truffle". Apply it the day before.

If you have red eyes due to the tiredness of the trip or for any other reason, put a drop of eye drops in each eye. Get it at a pharmacy.

Color and fur

The skin of the Japanese Akita is thick, with a double, short and rough fur. Its varieties of color are red, tabby and white. All colors, with the exception of white, must present the characteristic "Urajiro", that whitish hair that appears on both sides of the snout, on the cheeks, under the jaw and also on the chest, on the abdomen, on the inside of the legs and under the tail.

Temperament

This vigorous and robust dog is independent, brave and proud, but also very calm and balanced. His character is reserved and silent. Such is the veneration of the Japanese by the Japanese dog of Akita that it is very common that when a child is born in a family, or when any of the members of the same sick, a small figurine of this breed is presented.

The love, protection and loyalty that an Akita develops towards its owner are beyond doubt. This protection will extend it to the rest of the family members and their properties.

Among the “professional” tasks that Akita Inu performs, those of guard dog, companion dog and guide dog for blind people. For the rest, each day the number of dogs of this breed increases, to which families become one of them, such as service dog. The fact that he is an excellent guard dog is related to his past and the tasks he performed in him.

With people close to their family, they will generally have a friendly character, unless they detect bad intentions in them. With strangers will be distrustful. This breed is not barking at all, so if you have an Akita and barks, try to pay attention.

This dog is very sure of himself and his patience in the face of minor provocations is assured. If you are wondering about the question of its alleged danger, we can tell you that an Akita will attack rarely, unless it is challenged.

From all that has been said, you can conclude that Akita is a dog for you if you have time to dedicate it, integrating it into your family life. Do not forget that your happiness will depend largely on feeling loved and integrated into your adoption home. There you will enjoy the possibility of getting involved in the daily routine, showing yourself happy and playful.

But, if you want your Akita to be happy at all, you cannot forget that you are before a great athlete, which is only going to adapt to life in an apartment if you are able to have your energy discharged abroad every day. This is not exactly a lap dog that aspires to watch TV at your feet when you get home. Having a space where you can move freely and where you can rest peacefully also makes you release tension.

You have to keep in mind at all times that the one we have in our hands has been a warrior race, raised by soldiers, for generations. accustomed to physical effort and obedience. For this reason, it is an ideal dog for those who are looking for animals that want to play sports. It is the ideal choice for training, particularly if you adopt it as a puppy and instill your tastes.

Once this is known, you have to be clear that a dog with the strong Akita temperament, which also accompanies a considerable physical size, is not an animal for any type of owner but rather for one who:

  • Can control the movements of a dog that sometimes reaches up to 60 kilos in weight
  • Be willing to carry out both appropriate training and socialization process with your Akita, which means having enough time to observe this process firsthand
  • Have a strong character that allows you to establish yourself as the “human leader” of the pack, making your dog understand that the rules are imposed on him and that he must respect them at all times
  • Have enough time to accompany the Akita during your daily physical exercise and can also integrate you into your family nucleus, giving you the love and affection that are necessary to achieve the desired balance.

The Akita Inu is a dog that feels predilection for a certain family member, so it is what is called a "Single owner dog", but do not doubt that he will behave in an extremely affable way also with the rest of those around him.

Relationship with other pets

Akita Ken is not an animal that seeks confrontation with other dogs unless he feels he has been challenged before, as we have just explained. It has the ability to remain impassive in situations that would irritate other dogs, provided they lack significance.

When interacting with other dogs, you may want to assume a dominant role, so early socialization is essential for this animal to find balance and know how to live with the rest.

Relationship with children

It is very likely that you think that a potentially dangerous dog breed should not be excessively compatible with the presence of children, but the truth is that the Akita going to splurge love with the little ones in the house. Moreover, you will be surprised to see the patience with which he is able to endure the pranks of these little ones, even when he is involuntarily immersed in them.

Another advantage of choosing an Akita as a companion dog in case you have family, is that this dog is very little barking, as we have indicated, so its presence will not be at all annoying for babies, which usually require many hours of rest.

Basic care

No owner with a minimum of logic would think that the adoption of a dog can be the result of a whim or a fad and is exempt from obligations. The reality is that taking an animal to live with you involves a series of responsibilities which in no case can you ignore, being a living being deserving of rights.

Feeding

The nutrition is a determining factor in relation to the state of health and the appearance of your Akita. A good diet will help you reach your average life, which is between 10 and 11 years, and even overcome it.

Feed it with a high quality dry feed. Do not skimp on their diet because it is well known that the maintenance of a large dog can have a high economic cost, but this is something that you must assume when you make the decision to adopt an Akita.

Puppies of this breed need to follow a specific low-calorie diet that prevents them from growing too fast, so it is a matter to consult with the veterinarian even before your Akita comes home.

Hygiene is essential in a dog of any size, although in a large one the bad smell does not take long to appear if it is insufficient. The Akita Inu is a clean animal by nature that you will be surprised to see licking and grooming as if it were a gigantic cat.

Dental hygiene

The health of a dog and the cleaning of its teeth usually go in clear correspondence. An Akita that you accustom from puppy to periodic tooth brushing You will be much less likely to suffer the dreaded periodontal disease, which can have serious consequences.

At the same time, with this measure, which you may not like but will learn to tolerate, you will be reinforcing your overall health and decreasing the chances of kidney, heart and liver disease.

Bath and drying

Canine grooming is not like the human, to the extent that its assiduity is not comparable. It will be enough for you to bathe your Akita once a month, for what you can do with a large bathtub. If you do not have one of these accessories, as long as the weather is good, you can do it outside, using a hose in your garden or terrace. A third option is to go to a specialized dog center where you will be returned to an impure and spongy Akita.

In the coldest months, don't let your Akita go wet outside. The electric dryer will be your best ally to avoid your noble friend with undesirable constipation.

The abundant layer of hair of Akita Inu suggests a daily brushing with which to remove dead hair and keep its beautiful mantle safe from dirt particles. Now, do not expect that your house is free of hair, because it is very likely that you end up finding them everywhere.

Vaccines and antiparasitic treatments

Vital is that you carefully observe the vaccination schedule for your Akita to establish the veterinarian, as a preventive measure against certain infectious diseases.

Fleas, ticks and intestinal worms should also be removed from your pet, for which nothing better than placing the antiparasitic pipettes or collars that in the market you will find at your disposal.

More common diseases

This fortachón is hardly known specific diseases, although like any other race, it tends to suffer a series of pathologies that in its case are specified in hip dysplasia and knee problems. Nor do they escape suffering from ailments of the immune system as well as dysfunctions of the thyroid gland.

Training

Although sometimes do not give credit given the docility of your Akita, you cannot forget that you are facing a race classified as potentially dangerous, so regulatory compliance In this regard, it must be exhaustive, if you do not want to, from having to face the payment of a fine, to the risk of having your dog's guardianship withdrawn.

Training an Akita is not going to be a great challenge, as some mistakenly believe. This dog is a natural leader who does not support a weak owner, so you simply have to earn that position with him.. If your noble friend observes firmness and coherence in you, there is no doubt that he will come to your call.

On the contrary, if what your behavior shows is indecision and insecurity, you will not be considered a born leader at all and, like the hierarchical dog that he is, he will tend to occupy that privileged position.

Don't get too stubborn as your Akita looks. As much as you believe it, your disobedience has nothing to do with your pride and stubbornness, but with your not living up to your expectations as a master. Show firmness and security and you will earn their respect.

Once you have achieved that goal, use the Japanese Akita with the positive reinforcement, a technique that yields great results with these big guys that were bred to work alone, so they require a plus of socialization from puppies to correctly relate to other dogs.

Do not stop working with your Akita Inu certain aspects such as his behavior at home, the way he has to walk on a leash or the rules of basic obedience, which in this breed it is important that they include care when using his powerful mouth.

Akita Inu breed character

The Akita Inu is a bold and willful dog, distrustful by nature in the presence of strangers but extremely loyal to his family. Always alert, he is an intelligent and brave dog but with a tendency to be aggressive with other dogs, especially those of the same sex.

Because of his character, Akita Inu feels more comfortable in a home where he doesn't have to share space with another dog. Instead, he is affectionate and affectionate with the family, enjoys his company and always wants to participate in daily activities. In short, for our Akita to be happy we have to make him feel like another member of the family.

It is a dog that can be quite noisy, although more prone to growling than to bark. You need a lot of exercise not to get bored and destructive behaviors. On the other hand, we must bear in mind that this breed is stubborn, so we will need a good dose of patience to train and teach good canine manners.

Although it is known that adults should always monitor the interactions between dogs and children, in the case of this breed we must be even more vigilant. No child could dream of having a better guardian and playmate than an Akita, but it is very important to teach the little ones in the house to be respectful and kind to their furry companion, thus avoiding causing dangerous reactions.

Akita dog physical characteristics

The Akita Inu is a large dog that reaches 67 cm tall at the cross (somewhat less in females) and weighs around 35 kg.

Its body has a compact and solid structure, with strong limbs and a thick tail. The picture of an Akita Inu in guard position is imposing, transmitting authority and security in equal parts.

The head is round and quite large with respect to the rest of the body. Their eyes are almond-shaped, although in the case of the American Akita, that is, the variant of this breed raised in the United States, they have a curious triangular shape. His ears, always raised, are small and rounded at the tips.

The coat has two distinct layers: the outer one, smooth and hard, and the inner one, with very abundant hair and a very fine texture. The variety of colors is quite wide and ranges from white and gray to tabby fur, although white and red predominate in Japan.

With proper care and food, Akita Inu can live for more than 12 years.

How to educate an Akita Inu?

Proper education is essential for any kind of dog, but it is especially important in this particular case. The training should always be directed by ourselves, because the sense of loyalty of the Akita is so developed that the link between the owner and the dog could be broken if we leave the task in the hands of a professional trainer

In general, the Akita does not respond well to hard training methods. It requires respect and above all, a lot of patience, because the character of this dog is incredibly stubborn, so much that sometimes it can get us desperate.

However, given his intelligence and his love of spending time with the family, it is worth investing time and efforts in proper training that will ultimately bear fruit: an intelligent and caring companion with unwavering loyalty.

Care needed for an Akita Inu

Although it is not an overactive race, the Akita needs daily exercise. About two or three hours of walking a day are usually enough, provided they are energetic rides that include jumps and races. It is not a good idea to take our Akita to a dog park, given its aggressive tendency towards other dogs.

At home the Akita needs to have a well fenced yard, both for their own safety and for those of strangers who can enter their territory by mistake and get a good scare. In any case in the presence of their owners is usually not aggressive with visitors. Otherwise, the Akita will be governed by his guardian instinct and will act against everything he perceives as a threat.

Another important care is daily brushing, given the abundant layer of hair so characteristic of Akita.

Special care must be taken to raise an Akita puppy. These dogs grow very quickly between four and seven months, so they need a high quality diet and high in protein.

We must also prevent them from making forced jumps or jogging on hard surfaces until they reach at least a year and a half of life and their joints are fully formed.