Akita Dog |Lifespan| |Facts|

Akita Dog |Lifespan| |Facts|

She's a protective and affectionate dog who needs a strong leader, daily exercise, and enjoys time spent hanging out with her family.

Akitas are large and powerful dogs that require a firm and consistent leader to give them the early training and socialization that they require. They are natural guard dogs who rarely bark without reason. Akitas prefer to be with their families—they do not do well when left outside alone. And due to their thick double coats, this breed does not thrive in the heat. Akitas are generally healthy, but can be prone to some diseases, like hypothyroidism and hip dysplasia. Akitas are a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12-15 years.
The Akita is a medium sized domestic Dog breed, first bred in Japan in the 1600s. The Akita originates from the Akita Prefecture in the north-east of Japan, hence its name. The exact reason for their initial creation is still disagreed upon, as to whether or not they were first bred as hunting or as fighting Dogs. Despite this, many favour the theory that this large breed was bred to aid local people with the hunting of Deer and Wild Boar and to possibly protect them from large carnivores like Wolves and Bears, with the fighting of them becoming popular, before people began to fortunately lose interest in the sport. Today, they are mainly used to assist their owners when hunting and are also a popular foreign breed in western households.
Like many other domestic breeds, today the Akita can be found in a variety of colours and with a milder temperament than its ancestors. They are however, still bred as working and hunting Dogs in their native Japan, assisting their master in catching food, as well as being an increasingly popular choice of guard Dog in the west. There are few health problems however, that are associated with this breed including hyperthyroid, hip and knee problems, which are all common ailments of larger Dogs particularly. They generally live for between 9 and 15 years, and females can have anywhere from three to twelve puppies per litter.
In the 1930s, the Akita was so rare in Japan due to the increasing popularity of non-native breeds, that only the very rich could apparently afford one. They were declared as a "national treasure" in Japan in an attempt to conserve the country's native breeds, and having an Akita in a household is said to symbolise good health, good fortune and prosperity. Due to their long, thick coat, Akitas shed heavily twice a year, for about 2 weeks at a time, meaning that they must be brushed every day to prevent their fur from matting. Possibly due to their natural hunting nature, household Dogs are known to enjoy carrying objects in their mouths
Akita Dog |Lifespan| |Facts| Akita Dog |Lifespan| |Facts| Reviewed by Lory Chiao on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Rating: 5

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