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04-15-2015 08:57 PM all the akita's that I have known were all aggressive. 3 had to get rid of them (all had bitten people). they neighbor down the street had 2, which terrorized the neighborhood. I did attend a few dog shows recently and the akita's there (drop dead gorgeous) were very sweet. I talked to the breeder and mentioned the rap that the breed has, and her reply was that this breed needs to be socialized and trained from day one and to purchase from a reputable breeder (sound familiar), lol
04-14-2015 12:35 PM
counter Those are all random google images I found when searching for "American Akita." If I had one, I would want it to look just like any of those dogs in the pics. I like the panda coats on them too. One day I will own/rescue one and add it to my sled/bikejoring team. Maybe pair it up with a Malamute so I can have 2 behemoths as wheel or freight dogs, or a pair of each! Ha. I'm dreaming too...
04-14-2015 11:31 AM
Dulci Counter,
The American Akita is a dream dog -- much more beautiful, and much too primitive, (as you say), than almost any other breed. As I mentioned previously, I was "owned" by one for 9 yrs., and there was not a day that went by that someone did not stop and comment on how beautiful my male was. They are a very special breed -- but you cannot forget for one moment that you have one. As puppies, they are exqusitely beautiful! You do have to make the committment to them though -- and in my opinion, it is more of a responsibility than most people can handle. BTW the pics. were gorgeous!!

04-14-2015 11:14 AM
Girl_Loves_Hydraulics 3rd picture is exactly what my dad's dog Major looked like...
04-14-2015 10:55 AM
counter One day I am thinking of owning an American Akita. I prefer them over the Akita Inu of Japan. I like their shape and colorings better. I think if I've owned Huskies, I should be able to handle an Akita. I understand that they are more primitive and a closer breed to the wolf than most other breeds, based on current research and DNA testing.

04-14-2015 10:07 AM
Galathiel Aesthetically speaking, an American akita is one of my 'dream dogs'. I'm just not sure the reality would be good for me. I have little ones visiting on an irregular basis and not a whole lot of company otherwise. The ones that I've seen have been pretty aggressive to strangers. If they are anything like chows, I've had two completely disparate personality types. My sister's chow loved family, even extended family, that was introduced while he was a pup. Once he became grown, he would no longer accept anyone, including the child that was born there after he became an adult. The chow my husband had, on the other hand, was happy, calm, loved everyone.
04-14-2015 09:34 AM
Girl_Loves_Hydraulics I want to clarify that an Akita can be a good pet. As mentioned, I had a neighbor a few years back who had a great female. She was calm, loved kids, and was not aggressive. But just consider what the dog's breed function is and keep that in mind. I almost got an Akita, but I fell in love with Lena first
04-13-2015 02:01 PM
counter I would think that the Akita people would say most of the same things about GSDs or Dobermans, Rotties, Huskies, etc. that we are saying about Akitas. I have learned that, more so than not, anyone who has had a bad experience with a particular dog will blame the entire breed. My wife included. She was bit by a Doberman when she was 5. She says she did nothing to provoke it, and I can't prove/disprove that. All I can do is believe her. She has the scar across her face/eye to prove it. Because of that experience, she won't allow me to own a Doberman, even though they have been my favorite breed since I was a child. GSDs are my #2. It seems that plenty of people in this thread had a one-off experience and are saying that they would not recommend the breed based on 1 particular dog out of the entire breed. Not trying to play devil's advocate, but it's just what I'm seeing. Many people have bad experiences with our GSDs, but as we all know, one bad apple should not (does not) ruin the whole bunch!

04-13-2015 11:19 AM
Girl_Loves_Hydraulics OK this is kinda an awful story, and I apologize ahead of time.

My dad had a BEAUTIFUL male akita named Major. I was young so I don't know all the particulars, but I do remember him paying a large amount for him in Mississippi. Anyway, he had some major behavioral issues. They are orignally bred as Japanese guard dogs, and I would not consider them a great family dog. Major was okay with my dad and people that he knew on an everyday basis. When I was 9, I went to visit him for the summer. One night I got up and I went into my dad's bedroom for i don't remember what. Major backed me into a corner and growled and took a bite at me. My dad thankfully woke up as this was happening and corrected it. But he was not a friendly dog. They tend to be very one person orientated. Now I have met ONE akita that was a great family dog, but I am going to say she is not the norm. Akitas are powerful and they were primarily bred for protection. So just keep that in mind

FYI I still love Akitas. You have to be prepared and knowledgable for a dog like that. He wasn't as active as a shepherd, but pretty close. LOTS of grooming involved.
04-13-2015 02:45 AM
Originally Posted by Stonevintage View Post
Our neighbor 2 houses down had one. Escape artist. Killed stray dogs, cats. I was working in the front yard and had my wolf/shepherd on a long line with me. He was laying down. The Akita climbed over his kennel, came from between the houses and just full on attacked my dog.

I had never seen my dog pissed before. He raged. That Akita's white chest was a mass of blood. Some how our dog didn't have a mark on him. The owner came rushing over and took his dog to the vet (he was ok). They ended up putting the Akita to sleep because he started going after kids.

They are beautiful to look at but, I would pass.
wow. This should be on that thread about whether your dog will defend you or not. Obviously that dog would!!

And on Akitas... I know someone who used to have one... this Akita was aggressive, and often moody. I wouldn't want one. But I'm sure someone who had the time and energy to put into... I don't know what the right word is... appeasing one? would be able to have one. But I would have to pass as well.
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