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Akita - Breed Profile:
Breed video: Akitas
Physical characteristicsThe height of the Akita is 26 to 28 inches for males, and 24 to 26 inches for females. The weight is around 75 to 100 pounds. They are powerful dogs with a strong muscular system, a heavy head and a short muzzle. The ears are rather small and erected, they are in line with the neck. The dark brown eyes are usually small and have a triangular shape. The nose is black, though white Akitas may have a brown one. The tail is curled over the back.
TemperamentAkitas are basically docile but may sometimes be impetuous. They are intelligent and fearless, careful and affectionate with their family. They do need a lot of training because these dogs have a wilful streak. However, Akitas are known to be very aggressive to other dogs and animals, so they must never be let off the leash around other animals. Socialize your Akita extensively at an early age. The dogs tolerate children from their own family well enough, but may not accept other children. Akitas may bite if they are teased, so children must be trained to respect the dog and behave accordingly.
Coat and groomingAkitas have a double coat: the outer coat is rather harsh and waterproof, while the undercoat is soft and dense. It is perfect for severe winters in the Northern Japan. This luxurious coat requires daily grooming. Besides, Akitas are seasonally heavy shedders.
All coat colors are allowed, such as fawn, red, white, brindle, and silver. These dogs may have a mask or blaze on the face, but some Akitas don't have it.
HealthAkitas are usually healthy, but some dogs can develop hip dysplasia.
The lifespan of the dog is about 10-12 years.
Other interesting factsAkitas have many talents such as hunting, tracking, watchdog, guarding, police and military work, and sledding. They are great jogging companions.
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