How to Take Care of an Akita Dog

Akitas are extremely intelligent dogs. This breed can develop behavior problems if bored. It’s best to avoid leaving Akitas home alone for long periods of time. It’s also a good idea to secure your yard. While Akitas are generally friendly to visitors, they may show aggression if they believe you are a threat. In these situations, the right way to interact with your Akita is to play with him and keep him busy.

Breed standards

Breed standards

The Akita is a large dog that stands approximately 26 to 28 inches at the withers. Its double coat has a harsh and long outer coat and a thick, level undercoat. The hair on the Akita’s body is thick, straight, and dark. The Akita’s tail is the longest and most profuse. The Akita must conform to its breed standards in all other respects.

Characteristics

Akita dogs are playful and affectionate dogs that enjoy the company of their owners and daily activities. They are known to bark when they need to, and their strong personalities require discipline and plenty of exercise. While these characteristics make them great pets, they also make them very hard to train. Here are some of the most important characteristics to look for in an Akita dog

Health

The Akita breed is known for its energy. You will want to keep it active, but don’t overdo it! Make sure that it eats a high-quality diet based on its age and activity level, and don’t over-exert it. If you notice any abnormal symptoms, consult a veterinarian as soon as possible. Some of these problems could be mild or even temporary, but it’s important to recognize them and seek the proper treatment.

Training

Whether you are considering bringing a new family pet home or are a seasoned Akita veteran, you should consider the following training tips. Akitas are independent and can be challenging to train when they are young. They also have high prey drives, so you must be a leader in the household. Akitas are native to Japan, and were first imported to the United States and the United Kingdom in the early 80s.

Allergies

Atopy, or dog allergies, is a common problem in Akitas. This condition is caused by a high amount of dead skin that is buried on and beneath the lower layer of their fur. These dogs are wonderful companions for both individuals and families, but can cause a lot of discomfort. You may notice your Akita licking his paws, rubbing his face, or suffering from frequent ear infections. While there are many methods available to treat the condition, your veterinarian is the best person to make the final decision.

Exercise

An Akita needs moderate exercise on a daily basis. An Akita should spend around thirty minutes to 45 minutes walking daily. Exercise for an adult Akita is slightly more intense than for a puppy. It is important to give your dog mental challenges during mealtimes and make your living space fun. This article will answer the most common questions on exercise for an Akita dog. Hopefully, the information below will help you better understand your dog’s unique needs.

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