History of the Akita
Akita, dog of good fortune, today is protected in Japan as a National Art
Treasure (National Geographic)
Is been said that the Akita is a Noble Dog of Japan. National
Geographic claims to have traced is ancestry back to Nippon Inu, a large
hunting dog kept by cave dwellers some time as early as 5,000 B.C.. Its
likeness adorns tombs of early rulers of the region. The history of this
dog has been the dog of nobility, with special attendants that served the dog.
They were also trained as hunters of boar, deer and bear, and to retrieve
Helen Keller brought the first Akita's to the United States in 1930's, but
it wasn't until 1973 that AKC recognize this bread.
Today, the Akita symbolizes health and happiness. In some cultures,
the Akita statues are presented to newborns as gifts and as a get-well token.
These dogs are known to be courageous, loyal, and intelligent. The Akita
can guide a blind person, pull a sled, backpack, or guard a child and endure
its teasing. These animals can be strong swimmers because of it webbed
feet. The Akita is a very clean animal and washes himself similar to a cat.
There coats are medium-length and color varies from black to fawn, red, or
white. His gait is brisk.
Males: 95-125lbs. Height:25"-27.5" Females: 70-85lbs.
Why I behave the way I do
I bet you thought that this section was about educating me. This
section is about educating my human friends. I not going academic or
anything like that, however, this section is dedicated to what humans may
consider the strange things animals do.
My dad found it disgusting that I sampled other animal droppings. In
order to help my friends to understand this behavior, as disgusting as it
might seem, I have a link for you to read about this habit: http://www.petplace.com/articles/artShow.asp?artID=793
You can find more things about canines in general at www.petplace.com.
A very interesting article on Akita Behavior & Temperament written by
Sherry E. Wallis. She also did a second article as well. I have them
labeled Akita Temperament and
Akitas Revisited on the
Navigation Bar. It is very long so you may want to print