Akitas in general have been known to be so loyal and compassionate to their masters that there have been many touching stories concerning their faithfulness. Even the famous Helen Keller had an Akita, and hers was the first to enter the United States and served as her companion until its death.
Akitas are intelligent, courageous, and spontaneous. They do best with constant human companionship. Akitas should not be left alone for long periods of time. They are aggressive, and exceedingly protective. Known to be docile and unpredictable when untrained, their domineering attitude is not suited for submissive owners. Families with young children should know that Akitas get along with very well behaved older children, but are intolerant of the children they do not know. If not socialized, some Akitas may become erratic when teased, and may even bite.
Akita puppies love routines so they will also be the ones to tug at your seams when they know its time for them to take a walk. You have to be the one to initiate walk since Akitas are known to be domineering animals. They might just make you their slaves so be the one to initiate everything even though they have already gotten used to the routine. Do not wait until you dog boss you around. It should not be that way.
Akita puppies should be given vaccines once they reach 11 to 16 months old. They’re prone to health conditions that may be brought about their gene pool especially if the dogs are of pure breed. There are health problems specific to Akitas and the first, being common to large dogs, is Hip dysplasia.
The Akita is a powerful, independent and dominant breed, commonly aloof with strangers but affectionate with family members. As a breed, Akitas are generally hardy, but they have been known to suffer from various genetic conditions and be sensitive to certain drugs.
Our Akita does NOT like bears, good thing we live in the UK! SKIP to 35 seconds in to see when the action starts.
The Akita was never bred to live or work in groups like many hound and sporting breeds. Instead, they lived and worked alone or in pairs, a preference reflected today. Akitas tend to take a socially dominant role with other dogs, and thus caution must be used in situations when Akitas are likely to be around other dogs, especially unfamiliar ones. In particular, Akitas tend to be less tolerant of dogs of the same sex. For this reason, Akitas, unless highly socialized, are not generally well suited for off leash dog parks. The Akita is intelligent, courageous, fearless, and careful. Sometimes spontaneous, it needs a confident, consistent handler, without which the dog will be very wilful and may become very aggressive to other dogs and animals.