How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.
How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily a sign of how aggressive the breed is.
Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.
Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.
Breed Stats At A Glance: 1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst
Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!
A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner than others.
Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.
Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.
A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.
Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot so think of your neighbours!
Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.
Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.
Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.
How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and bathing etc.
All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.
How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most intolerance. Intact males generally are more problematic with other intact males
Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.
Akita Temperament, Personality, Pictures And Dog Breed Information.
The Akita Temperament is Bold, Tenacious, Devoted, Dignified,Independent And Calm.
Bred to be independent and to track big game, the Akita needed a personality that was stubborn and dominant.
Powerfully built and majestic looking, male dogs often weigh in at over one hundred pounds and stand up to twenty-eight inches at the shoulder. This is a big dog.
Akitas are slow to show their feelings, being reserved with strangers and aloof to those outside the family group, and as such, will need appropriate and continued socialisation with people and other dogs to stay tolerant. That said this is not an outwardly aggressive breed.
Overall, the Akita’s temperament is pretty calm and for the most part have a very even disposition possessing an easy going, laid back personality that makes them a great family house companion.
They are also quiet dogs that will bark only when they have good cause.
In addition to their quiet easy going temperament ,Akitas are also known for being easy to house train and very clean, so clean in fact that many people have described the breed as "cat like" for their odourless and cleanly behaviour.
Training Akita’s learn quickly once their owners have gained their respect, they do have a domineering personality that requires careful and responsible training.
Shedding: Moderate shed with heavy seasonal.
Grooming: Their coat should be brushed on a weekly basis. It is important to use a grooming comb and a slicker, steel Pin brush to groom their coat effectively. You can also use a firm bristle brush.
Children: The Akita is very patient, loyal and utterly devoted to the families' children they are also very gentle towards them, so much so that it has been known for mothers in Japan to leave their offspring alone in the care of one. It is of course important to note that one should NEVER leave a child alone with an unattended pet.
One downside to all this devotion however is that they may be overprotective if children's playmates are rough and may not necessarily distinguish between what's play and what's not - so again never leave your Akita with children unsupervised. There are however many other fabulous dog breeds that are great with children
Akita Information and Breed notes
The Akita is named after the district in Japan, on the Island of Honshu from which they originated, this is a rugged region with intensely cold winters, where Akitas distinguished themselves hunting bear, deer and wild boar bravely holding the game at bay whilst they waited for the hunter to catch up and finish off the job. By the late 1820s’s akitas were also being used widely in dog fighting contests.
The Akita was named a national treasure by the Japanese authorities in 1931, and it was first introduced to America in 1937 by Helen Keller. After the Second World War many more of these noble dogs were brought home by U.S servicemen and their numbers began to grow as the breed became more popular. They were recognized by the AKC in 1972.
Protection level: Akita’s are totally devoted to their family and will defend until death Courageous, alert and willing to take on any threat regardless of size, though not outwardly aggressive, this dog gives its family a justified sense of security. They will bark only with good reason and make excellent watchdogs.
Exercise: Moderate; a decent yard and a good daily walk .If you want a dog to take to the park for a runaround with a ball this is not for you. They need a good hours worth of daily exercise, but owing to their protective and territorial nature should never be allowed to run free in public.
Possible problems: Akita's are not the ideal choice for a first time dog owner. May be aggressive towards other dogs needs to be well socialized, may display dominance aggression with gentle owners. Heavy grooming requirements must be taken into consideration.
Ideal Akita Owner's Are...
Experienced with dogs,strong-willed and independent, able to give their dog plenty of socialization and safe exercise/play. As always if you like this breed, please do the research and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club
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