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Group: Working Group
Purpose of Breed: Bred by Japanese nobleman living in exile in the province of Akita, on Honshu island, the dogs were bred and used in pairs to hunt dangerous game like bears.
Country of Origin: Japan
Average Size: 75-110 lbs and 24-28 inches tall (at shoulder)
Color(s): Any color including white, brindle or pinto. Sometimes have masks or a blaze.
Coat Type: The Akita has a double coat-a thick, dense soft undercoat and a longer, straight-standing outer coat.
Grooming: The coat of the Akita is easy to maintain. It requires regular brushing but infrequent baths. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears, pads and nails.
Exercise Needs: The Akita is an athletic dog that requires a great deal of exercise in order to be a good companion. They should have access to a fenced yard.
Temperament: The Akita is alert, active, friendly and independent. If not socialized early, this breed can become aggressive toward other dogs.
Common Ailments: Hip dysplasia, gastric torsion and eye problems.
Life Expectancy: Averages 10-12 years
Trivia: There is a spiritual significance attached to the Akita; when a child is born in Japan, the proud family will usually receive a small statue of an Akita signifying health, happiness, and a long life.
More Information: The Akita Club of America
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Your Pet's Age
2 years old
Your Pet's Breed
How and when did you get your pet?
I got Lily about 2 years ago. She was just a little ball of fur. My husband bought her for me because I had lost my Akita about a year prior. Her name was Abby. She was about 13 years old. She was way beyond my best friend. Lily looks so much like her. She has Abby's spirit! She is my pride and joy. My husband had to go to central Indiana to find her. There are not very many Akita breeders.
What does your pet like to do for fun?
Fall is her favorite season. Lily loves to run and play. She loves any kind of ball. All of which she bursts instantaneously! She also loves belly rubs. She is always happy and must be the center of attention!
Do you have anything else to share about your pet?
She is a gentle giant, a one in a million. She definitely makes our family complete. I can't even begin to imagine life without her. It's almost as though she knows the loss I suffered with Abby. She is very intelligent and has a great disposition.