Akita Dogs

Welcome to my website, a site dedicated to the wonderful Akita dog.

The site is mainly concerned with the American Akita as it’s the Akita that is more common here in the west. I will, however, be looking at the Japanese Akita as well.

I’ll be posting useful information on the site about all aspects of owning one of these magnificent dogs, both negative and positive, make no mistake, owning an Akita takes a special kind of person, as you’ll discover by reading the website. This is not a dog for the faint hearted. You will learn how to choose the right Akita puppy.

There are two types of Akitas, the American Akita and the Japanese Akita also known as the Akita Inu. There’s so much disagreement about what is the real Akita from Japanese purists and we’ll be looking at these in depth.

However what’s undisputed is that the Japanese Akita, the Akita Inu, is the original Akita from where the American Akita stems from. I’m not concerned with the purity of the breed, that’s not what this site is about. I’m going to be discussing what owning one of these wonderful dogs involves. Learn about training an Akita, what to feed an Akita and what to look for in Akita puppies.

I’ll be looking at everything that goes into what makes this dog tick. You’ll learn the positive traits of an Akita.

The Akita is a dog that has had a varied and wonderful history, it’s been used as a hunting dog, a fighting dog, a guard dog and a police dog to name just a few of the roles the American Akita has been used for.

It’s easy to see why the Akita is worshiped in Japan as the epitome of loyalty and courage, all dogs are loyal, but the Akita will literally die for its pack, if you gain the loyalty of this dog you will have a fearsome protector for as long as it lives.

Everyone has their own favorite breed of dog but there’s something a little special about the American Akita and owning one requires an experienced dog owner to deal with the Akita’s stubborn streak. Have a look around and check out the articles, I’ll be adding more whenever I get the chance.

{ 15 comments }

Adam March 6, 2012 at 11:44 pm

I have a 8 month old akita it has a black mask but it seems that its becoming lighter im not sure if its a american or Japanese akita Care to share?

admin January 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Hi Samual,
This requires a bit of experimentation. Personally I only use the best puppy food that is full of natural nutrition and vitimins. Avoide the supermarket value rubbish which is full of chemicals. The question is was the scratching due to the food or was it due to something else? Personally if I was you I’d ask your local vet what is the best puppy food for an Akita in your area. There’s lots of good quality puppy food out there now it’s just a question of finding which is the best for your puppy.

admin January 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Thank you. Yes Akitas certainly attract attention, it’s their regal beauty, the inner confidence they give off.

samuel January 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm

hi please could you help me i am trying to find a good puppy food for my akita i give him food but he was scratching a lot i though it was the dog next door cause he had fleas but was not it then i change food he stop a bit but now he is runny when gos to the toilet he is 4 months old now please could you help me thanks samuel

nette para kazanma January 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

hi love the site i live in ireland with my partner and bruno hes like our son ha ha really honest loyal beautiful everyone always stops us when taking him on our daily walks as the girl above said there akita mojo like

Michael November 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Hi Angelina,
This can be a problem withg some Akita puppies as well as with other breeds. It’s something that has to be dealt with before the dog leaves the puppy stage or the nipping will become aggression and that can’t be allowed to happen with a dog like an Akita. Nipping is the puppy challenging the pack leader. Nipping puppies tend to be dominant and assertive and will need firm treatment to reinforce in their minds who is boss. Nipping is a way for a puppy to assert his rank, this is especially so when the puppy is with the rest of the litter. It is also however a way for the puppy to get attention. When the pup nips is it looking for attention for something; for example does it want to go out, is it hungry, bored or thirsty. If you establish that the pup has no immediate needs to satisfy and it still continues to nip then isolate it with a bone or some other chewy. The objective is to let the dog know that nipping is unacceptable. By isolating the dog it will learn that if it nips you will withdraw all attention from it. As the Akita is a social animal it will soon get the message that nipping results in it being isolated. You should also stop any tug of war games you might be playing with the dog.

Angelina lovatt October 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I have a 15 week old boy akita and love him he keeps nipping on greeting any suggestions how to stop this

Michael October 19, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Thanks Kriss

denise August 16, 2011 at 5:01 am

Hello to Kriss

Great that you are coming to Australia. In Australia The American Akita is called Akita or Akita Inu, alot of breeders refer to Japanese Akita, yet there are no Akita Inu in Australia. In Australia does not follow FCI and have incorrectly named the american akita to Akita Inu which causes confusion. Hopefully one day they fix this so people can clearly see that they are the ‘American Akita’ and then you have ‘Akita Inu’ which is the Japanese type which is not in Australia

Michael May 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Thank you Kris for you kind words. I think Australia is a great place to have an Akita, all that wonderful open space. Sounds great. Good Luck.

Kriss May 17, 2011 at 5:56 am

Hello Mike.
I realy want to thank you for this helpful website.
The last days I have been reading everything I found on Internet about Akita dogs. I am realy interested in geting a japanese Akita. I will move to Australia in abuot a half an year and then I will get my new companion. I am relay impresed about this wonderful dogs, they are special.
Any way, just wanted to say thanx for giving all the details about this great breed :)

tutz April 14, 2011 at 10:38 am

Is it possible to crossbreed an akita and a german sheperd?

Thank you.

Michael February 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I’m glad you’re happy with your dog, he sounds great. All dogs can be a bit of a handful at times, it somes with dog owning along with the problems of who looks after it when you go on holiday. If you want to add to the site by ofering advice about your experiences let me know. I’m always lokking for informed articles. Stops me having to write them all.

bruno February 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm

hi love the site i live in ireland with my partner and bruno hes like our son ha ha really honest loyal beautiful everyone always stops us when taking him on our daily walks as the girl above said there akita mojo like bruno is very protective of all of us in the house i dont know what i would do or my partner if anything happened to him oh he is our life i would admit that its hard work but when you see that smile and all the licking and jumping around its worth all the mucky floors and trying to bring me on a walk ha ha my partner is alot stronger but i would say do research in my case we jumped in kinda regreted it at 1st because holidays we get my mam in law to mind him its like having a baby he is our family Bruno.Cullen.

rebecca smith January 23, 2011 at 6:02 am

Our japanese akita is a wonderful protective dog mojo is his name in the short time we have owned him he saved us from some visicious dogs he is our family