Feeding An Akita

is central tits health and well being. The kind of food dogs thrive on varies from one breed to another. There is no single diet that will do for every dog. The health and wellbeing of your dog depends largely on the diet you are feeding an akita. With this in mind it’s common sense that you will ensure your Akita gets the kind of diet suited to the breed. If you are feeding an akita the same diet as you used to feed your old bulldog then don’t be surprised if the Akita does not thrive.

Feeding An Akita

When the Akita was used for a hunting dog it engaged in hard strenuous activity and required lots of energy foods. It’s primary meat source was deer, bear, wild boar and fish. Rice was its main source of carbohydrates. The main vegetables that the Akita ate were; greens and tuber roots. Knowing the history of the Akita will help you when it comes to deciding about feeding an akita, and what diet to provide to ensure it remains healthy.

Today the American Akita is used mainly as a domestic pet and guard dog. It no longer chases bears or boars through wild woods so it doesn’t require as much food. A good diet for the Akita is fresh meat and fish along with good vitamin supplements from your pet shop. Feeding an akita is not dificult and doesn’t require any special measures. Akitas love fish and cans of tuna always come in handy for the akita.

Prepare a diet chart for your Akita and take some time doing it. What you feed your Akita will impact on its health. Buy good quality meat for your dog and cook it. Not only will your dog thrive on this, you will also save a lot of money by not having to visit the vet very often. By feeding an akita the right foods it will remain healthy and strong for years. Feed it garbage and you will be in for a whole lot of problems and not just physical problems but mental issues as well.

Diet plays a major role in maintaining your Akitas health and is not something to be taken lightly. Avoid buying cheap food from the supermarket, it’s likely to be full of preservatives. If you don’t want to spend too much time cooking for your Akita, discuss with your breeder the best foods to buy for the dog. Some people swear by a raw food diet. I’ve never tried this so can’t commentFeeding An Akita

Your breeder is an essential source of information for you, don’t neglect him/her. Your breeder will be able to tell you the best kind of diet to give your dog. Your breeder will be happy to help prepare a diet sheet for you to give your dog.

It is often overlooked that diet plays a major part in maintaining your dog’s health. We are well aware of the benefits of a good diet for humans but for some reason we neglect the knowledge we have when it comes to our dog.

A little time spent researching your dog’s dietary requirements will save you a lot of money in vets fees over the long-term and ensure your dog has a happy and healthy life. With a little forward thinking feeding an akita does not take up much time. Once you have a system in place it will become second nature.


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admin August 22, 2012 at 8:14 am

The dog is lacking in confidence and unsure of itself because of the bad treatment it has endured. This is sad. You need to reassure the dog that it is now in a safe environment, that it has nothing to fear. By giving the dog a solid pack leadership structure you will rebuild its confidence and its feeling of security. The dog will feel safe in a pack where it knows you are the leader. Getting it to feel safe is the first thing you need to do. Be consistent in your commands and give the dog praise when it responds well. Rebuilding a dogs confidence after mostreatment takes time. When out walking talk to the dog and give reassurance. Once it knows it is safe with you it’s confidence will slowly return. Have a look at the articles on this site.
Good Luck

Czatka Chukes August 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Hi, my Akita is 10 months old and i am the owner and she just plays a lot with me but my dad watches her while i am at work and she is afraid of him but she listens to him…now when i got her she was beaten and mistreated and also under weight. I got her weight on track but she still is afraid of a lot of stuff like walking on the street or even taking walks with me. What should i do?
Thanks, Czatka

admin July 28, 2012 at 5:59 am

Look here for diet information: The running away is down to training. Once the dog accepts you as the pack leader it will stop running away, spend time training it. The last thing you want is an adult Akita that runs away. See more information here: Also as you bought the dog from a breeder don’t be afraid to ring them and ask about diet etc.



farhan July 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Hi I recently bought a Japanese Akita and we bought it from a breeder. She seems to be very eager to run away. How can you keep the dog happy so it will listen to your commands? Also what type of foods would best suite a Japanese Akita she is 18 months old.

admin April 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Rice and tuna is good food for an Akita, they thrive on a fresh food diet just like us humans. Many problems stem from a poor diet, so starting the dog of on a good diet is starting on the right foot. Sorry for the late reply, I’ve been a bit preoccupied lately.

Earl davis February 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Hi i have just got a seven week old akita puppy. But the person i got him from hasnt started to worm him yet. I have a vets appointment in two days, but i am worried about letting him out side as we live in a area where there are foxes, cats, and badgers. Also what is the best to start feeding him. Is it ok to give him little bits of fresh food i.e rice, tuna, vegetables, e’t.c

Michael September 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Hi Jade, I have a number of articles on the site that deals with this. Read this one http://www.japaneseakitadogs.org/feeding-your-akita/

jade August 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm

hello i have a japinese akita dog and she is 5 but im not sure on what food to actully feed her can you help?

Michael May 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Hi Japanese akitas were bred with german shepherds, this breeding formed the American akita which is the akita we are familiar with and which is much bigger than the Japanese akita. Take the dog to a vet to establish its breed.

admin May 29, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Thanks for that good information Paula and for the book title, I’ll certainly be looking for that.

Paula May 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm

FYI because of the high levels of mercury Tuna and swordfish are not recommended for Akitas as well as all otherbreeds. The best information you wil find is in Barbara Bouyet’s book Akita treasure of Japan volume II.

mi-mi April 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I found this puppy on the road and i decided to adopt it. My problem is i cant figure out what breed my puppy is. Almost all of my fellas said that it’s an american akita. Some says maybe it’s german sheperd. I am not that aware about breed of dogs so i dont know. Is it possible to crossbreed akita and german sheperd? I’ve seen akitas before and my puppy really looks like one of them but some features of it are like from german sheperds.

Thank you.

Michael December 23, 2010 at 11:20 am

Hi Laurie,
You’ve caught me a bit off guard here. I’m currently putting together a page of natural recipies for the Akita. Diet is so important an issue in the health of your dog that it requires a full page on its own and some serious research. Which I’m currently doing. You’re right, you can’t feed your dog fish all the time. Here’s a nice recipe that your dog will enjoy. A recipe I’ve used regulary is ground beef or lamb, cup of brown rice mixed with some fresh Vegetables , like broccoli, carrots and potatoes. Vegetables are a staple which can be included in every meal, just vary them a little. You can use this recipe in numerous ways, with fish and any type of meat. when you think about it our diets are based around the same core products we just need to vary the ingredients. As for supplements there’s plenty of great supplements on the market today. Here’s a site that may supply you with more information. Natural Pet Health & Wellness Supplements
I hope this has been of some help to you. Watch out for my diet page next year (not too far away)
Merry christmas


laurie fox December 15, 2010 at 12:58 am

Hello I habe an Akita with VKH (immune disease) – I have decided to do home cooked foods for him as my Vet as suggested it – Can’t feed him fish all the time, do you have any healthy recipes – from foods to supplements.


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