Akita inu is a Japanese dog breed that was present in the Japanese Islands more than five thousand years ago. The first dogs of this breed appeared in our country only several dozen years ago and its popularity has been growing since then. What are the characteristics of akita? How to feed dogs of this breed and is it worth to decide for this breed?
Akita inu, the dog that "remembers" the samurai times
Akita inu is a dog breed that is considered to be primitive dogs. Primitive dogs are, in turn, animals that originate directly from the first domestic dogs. Their genes are only slightly different from those of wolves. Fourteen primitive breeds stand out at this point. These are: Afghan greyhound, chow chow, lhasa apso, Pekingese, shar pei, shih tzu, Tibetan terrier, Persian greyhound, pool, akita inu, shiba inu, samojed, Siberian husky and alaskan malamute.
Akita inu dogs are named after the prefecture of Akita, which is located in the northern part of Japan. It is estimated that the first akita inu dogs were found in Japan over five thousand years ago and were companions of samurai. Dogs of this breed occupy, with the rest, a very important place in Japanese culture, art and mythology. They are part of Japanese cultural heritage.
What are the characteristics of dogs of this breed?
Dogs of the akita breed are included in the group of spits. It is the biggest dog of all Japanese breeds. From the visual point of view, akita makes a very big impression - it has features characteristic for dogs from the spike group (straight and strong back, deep chest, tail wrapped up and strong limbs). Its colour can be varied (from white or red to striped and sesame).
What is most important, from the point of view of a person considering a dog of this breed, is the character and personality traits of akita. It is worth realizing that like every primary dog, akita is a dog with a very strong temperament. It is a dog suitable for experienced people who can establish an appropriate hierarchy in mutual relations. Akita were hunting dogs and used for dog fights, they are often used to cooperate with the army or police, because they have developed hunting and tracking instincts.
Is it worth to choose a dog of this breed?
Due to its specific and quite expressive character, akita is not a dog for everyone. This breed is not recommended for beginners or those who are looking for a dog that can be easily laid out. It is a dog that rather does not tolerate other dogs and other animals in its surroundings, nor is it a breed recommended for homes with small children.
If we already have experience in dealing with dogs or if we are looking for a dog with a distinctive character that will be a companion and guard, then akita is perfect for these roles. In the company of a responsible owner, after proper training, it can be a great companion for the company and a dog with which you can establish very strong, although strongly hierarchical relations.
What do you feed akita?
The nutritional needs of the representative of this breed are specific because of the hunting drives and a great appetite for movement. Like every dog, akita needs a well-balanced diet that provides the right amount of protein, fat and trace elements. The Pupilo.pl store expert advises to use high quality food without cereals for adult dogs of large breeds.
Some brands offer food tailored to specific breeds of dogs, but akita are not so common in our country that you can easily buy a dedicated food, which does not mean that other foods will not work. Dogs of this breed are classified as large dogs and therefore the right choice will be the food for large breeds of dogs. What kind of acita food is best for adult dogs? Surely the one without cereals and with a properly balanced composition. This type of food can be found in the offer of good brands (Brit, Royal Canin, Acana and many others).
The diet of dry food should be interspersed with meat bites, wet food and dog treats - these kinds of variations help to keep your dog's appetite at the right level and also provide the body with even more varied and necessary minerals.