JAPANESE AMERICAN AKITA

The Japanese American Akita is a bear dog (not bird): it should be substantial and powerful, be it male or female, and it is an extraordinary dog: the champion The Widow Maker O’BJ, the American Akita, number two reproducer of all times.

Dog with substance, strength and dignity, the Akita has a wide head, triangular, - massive but always well balanced, with small and erect ears, Nordic curled tail and enough length to balance the dog’s head. The breed offers a nice and balanced image. The muzzle should be wide and full, and the head, flat; saggy neck is undesirable. The neck should be wide and muscular, short and widened towards the shoulders. The dog’s body, longer with the chest wide and deep. The back is straight, with well muscled, and the stomach, moderately tucked up. The American Akita or Great Japanese Dog is not light boned or fragile. The skin is creased but not loose. The front spurs are not removed. The coat is double, with a thick undercoat, dense and soft, and the external hair is straight and standing. The standard describes the Akita color as “any color including white, brindle or pinto”. Pinto is a white base with patches in other colors distributed symmetrically. Males reach between 66 and 71 cm in height at the withers; females, 5 cm less.      
 
WHO IS the Japanese American Akita FOR             

It is truly a perfect dog for the house, although due to its large size you could wish it was only visiting. Females get along with children better than the males, who tend to get irate. Choose it carefully, since it is a one family dog. It is essential to train it since it is small, since once it realizes it can bite, you will be at tug and war with it for the rest of its life. If there is a dog that can reason, that is the Akita! Devoted guardian, it needs a confident and character oriented family, such as itself. It doesn’t get along with other dominant dogs, but it is quite nice to cats. As every large guardian dog, this breed should be closely watched around strange children. The American Akita or Great Japanese dog is a challenge, and fascinating: it is a potent but gentle animal, elegant and functional at the same time, it is not destructor, and most of all and it is the cleanest dog of all breeds (even burying its feces as a cat).
 
DEVELOPMENT of the Japanese American Akita

The five week Akita needs a lot of human contact. The mother should have a stable disposition, kind towards people.

It weighs between 6 and 10 kg at eight weeks. Females reach complete physical maturity at about three years; males, at over four years (some develop earlier). The typical tail curls over the back at around four weeks. The ears rise at between six weeks and six months. Vitamin and mineral supplements are often recommended until the ears are completely raised. Correct closing can take up to a year to correct. Consistency and positive reinforcement is the key. When the Akita is mature, angling reduces, the hind narrows, the back seems longer and the long and narrow muzzle appears pointier.  During its first two years there can be color changes.

Japanese American Akita HEALTH                   
                     
It is usually a long-lived and rustic dog. Fifteen years are not rare, although certain lines don’t reach ten. It suffers few typical breed anomalies. Nervous anomalies have been diagnosed, including epilepsy. Hip dysplasia is a known problem, and it is essential to perform X – rays. Progressive retina atrophy, the Von Willebrand and achondroplasia also affect the breed.  Entropion has also been mentioned, although due to the relatively small eye size, it may not really be entropion and the puppy can correct the eyelids when corrected. Autoimmune and hypothyroidism diseases are frequent, and we should be informed about them. During shedding, it should be brushed frequently to keep the fur in shape, and naturally, a lot of outdoor activity is necessary

The American Akita or Great Japanese Dog grows at varied rhythm: it reaches maturity at three and four years. Adolescents require steady but nice hand. Never punish or strike an Akita.