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dale anne    Posted 05-26-2004 at 08:12:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
howdy jenn....I have owned akitas for years and find them to be a great dog for a family to own!...some small facts for ya to consider...The akita come from japan and was raised to fight bears as ejoyment for emperors....these were loyality dogs and can still to this day find statues of them across japan do to the services they rendered...there are many stories of akitas protecting and even saving the lives of their Masters all over the world!...Akitas are not a typical dog they have the personaility of cats or racoons..they are very playful..very smart...and very protective of its family are some pros and cons that I have found personaly in owning akitas
PROS-Loyal loving...playful...VERY PROTECTIVE[this is in the blood iffin taught or not] i do recomend a muzzel with guest in the house or while walking no matter how friendly yer dog might Akita is a very smart dog and will figure things out itself!..gets along with other animals if grow up together!...I have brought in other dogs,cats with my older dogs and it does not work...the Akita is king/queen and does not like the adjustments or shift in higherarchy once established.

Cons...shedding...they shed alot so brushing is always in order[outside recommended]..ya will be amazed at the amount of hair they shed in spring!.....again VERY PROTECTETIVE....grow very large!...common illments include sunburn...and hip diplasia...Akitas are an inside dog in summer....they cant take the heat well do to heavy coats...the get heatstrokes and sunburn easy........learn to open doors,cabinets,gates...locks are important!

My akita chichi learned on her own how to open cabinets,doors,my porch gate and even my purse...she would only take gum,tic tacs,and one time chapstick...they are very smart and she had even ate the bottom of my sons door at one time due to us putting an eye and hook on the outside to prevent her from getting into the room...she didnt like not being able to check the house at nite and we had to remove the lock and replace the door...the lock was placed cause of her looking out the back window in my sons room to watch him in the yard swimming with friends and she would tear down the curtains for a better view lol....I should also say that training is very important with an akita...they get bored fast and will think that they are the king/queen of the household if not very firm in training....a small yard is fine if you walk them a few times a place a muzzel on the dog while walking...if the akita thinks you are in danger they are relenless on they attack!...over all i think akitas are a great breed for a family if time is taken to train the dog to what is acceptable and what is not..and whothe boss really is!...good luck...dale anne

tacon1    Posted 05-26-2004 at 13:03:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
First, check on your homeowners insurance. Many companies won't cover you any more if you have a certain breed of dog. My company has Akitas on their list.

Glad to hear    Posted 05-26-2004 at 11:33:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
of someone who knows about the instincts of dogs.
As one who has spent more of my time than I liked at AKC sanctioned dog shows, I have been able to make a few observations as to different breeds. It is true you can't alway lump breeds in one pot, but you can draw a pattern.
Won't go into different characteristics, just comment on the affore mentioned breed
In 97 or 98, thereabouts at a show in Pleasanton,CA. they were throwing a barbell over a low fence and having the dog retrieve it. These activities were close togather. Seems like another dog was too close retrieving its barbell and the Akita lunged forward and killed the other dog. The owner lost most of her thumb in the process. When you get a dog that has been bred for years to act in a certain way, don't blame the dog when it does. If this was not true, we would have pit bulls guarding sheep and beagles doing guard duty.
Flame away RET

JennNY    Posted 05-26-2004 at 11:26:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for all the great info Dale Anne... I am still up in the air about it. My husband would like one and I found a breeder, who has been breeding for 17 years. I am thinking of getting it for him for his birthday. We have 5 kids.. one older dog, 13 years and probably not going to last much longer.... I guess I am a little nervous b/c we have never paid $$ for a dog... this is AKC and would be $500. I don't want to spend he money, if it won't work out. I did see 2 Akitas in the paper, but they were older and I prefer to get a puppy, so we can train it.
Thanks again,

dale anne    Posted 05-27-2004 at 04:57:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
jenn...can always ask the breeder to obtain a pup that doesnt stand up to the breeds standard and get it cheaper....and dont let them tell ya all the pups are show dogs...I have never seen nor had a litter that was all 100% condition to put in shows....the runt fer one will never grow to full potential....on others it can be the color is off on the face,paw,tail....can also be the under coat is the wrong on....cant hurt to ask....and yes i would get a puppy...I would not buy an older akita due to the family protection.....akitas do not like change!....I wouldnt even suggest this breed to someone considering having children in the future this is how much they hate change!...good luck...dale anne

ret    Posted 05-26-2004 at 11:41:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
that AKC tag don't really mean that much, most all breeders get rid of what is not show quality, or if they don't show, just for the money. If you do go ahead and get a dog you are paying good money for, get a GUARANTEE the if the dog develops hip dsplacia they will take it back or refund your money. This is a crippleing disease among many dogs. All good breeder get an Xray at 6 months, and TWO years. One reading at six months will not determine it. I would not pay that much for any dog, let alone one of those

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