|Group:||Utility (Group 6)|
|Club:||Utility Dog Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Mr Arthur Fry|
Background The Akita Inu’s exact origins remain unknown. Through skeletal remains and carbon dating, this type of dog can be traced back to around 500BC, although the Akita’s specific breed history has only been recorded for the past 350 years. The Akita was also known at the Odate dog - named after the rugged mountainous area of Odate in the prefecture of Akita, on the island of Honshu. Inu translates to dog. As fishing has always been a major Japanese industry, the Akita, with its webbed feet and thick water-resistant coat, readily became the fishermen’s workmate. Akita eventually came to be used as cattle herders, seeing eye dogs, sled pullers and police dogs. They were also utilised as babysitters, looking after youngsters while their mothers worked in the rice fields. The breed is considered a symbol of both good luck and good health in Japan, where well wishers often send a small statue of an Akita Inu to assure speedy recovery. The Akita first arrived in Australia in 1982, imported into South Australia.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Akita live to 8 - 10 years of age.
Compatibility with other pets Tends to show dominance over other dogs.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Akita Inu very much personifies the enigmatic character of the Orient. A dignified, proud, courageous dog, it has a sober, calm disposition, fearless yet steady, and does not lose control when confronted with unusual or sudden stress situations. Even as a puppy, the Akita displays a dignity virtually unknown in many other breeds. Equipped with built-in self-control, this breed tends to take such things as house and lead training in its sure-footed stride. With uncanny ability, the Akita adjusts to and accepts widely varying circumstances and lifestyles not as an imposition upon its freedom, but as a way of life. At the same time, it retains a remarkably aloof and free spirit. In short, its disciplined social behaviour, quiet dignity and cat-like grace make this beautiful dog a highly desirable companion. It is an ever patient playmate for children and no nonsense protector of family and home. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. Most of all, in the hands of suitable owners it is a joy to own.
Care Requirements The Akita loses its coat twice, sometimes three times, per year. This is definitely something to consider if you are looking for a dog to live inside the house with you and your family. It requires extensive amounts of exercise plus obedience training as this is a breed that needs to learn as a young age who is "leader of the pack".
Please Take Note When the Akita loses its coat, its fur literally drops out. At this time it is almost impossible to have it in the house with you, so it is necessary to provide an outside fenced area with a warm dry bed. To minimise mess during these times and to hasten the process, a bath and a good combing is recommended.
Ideal Owner/s The Akita Inu is not the dog for everyone. However those who accept the challenge and understand what is required to do justice to this breed, will be rewarded with "a life changing experience of the best kind".
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Akita Inu and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.