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- He was bred as a hunting dog in the Northern mountains of Japan
- He's a designated National Monument in Japan
- The first Akita was brought to the United States in 1937
Personality and Behavior
- He's very loyal, devoted, and affectionate with his human family
- He's good natured and carries himself with dignity
- He's a powerful dog with plenty of stamina
- He's dominant and aggressive with other dogs, especially dogs of the same sex
- He has a strong prey-drive so is prone to chase and torment smaller pets
- He has lots of courage
- He can be reserved around strangers
- He will fastidiously clean himself when he is dirty
- He's highly alert but isn't a big barker
- He is very possessive of his food (children and other dogs should stay away from him while he's eating)
- His independent streak can make him unreliable off-leash
- His intimidating look makes him a good guard dog
- He's not easy to train. You will need patience as he is slower than most to learn obedience commands.
- He sheds profusely! You will find a lot of hair in your home - stuck to your couch, carpets and clothes - and to just about everything else. You will be vacuuming regularly.
Grooming / Maintenance
- His medium-length coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds profusely you may find yourself brushing it a couple of times a week, or even daily, to reduce the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).