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04-25-2014 03:56 PM
shepherdmom
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Originally Posted by Merciel View Post

Akitas are known for being very loyal but not all that biddable. They are Velcro dogs but they're frequently not all that interested in training (Crooky is a definite exception to this rule, though, so I don't know how true that part of the stereotype holds -- he loves to work and is extremely enthusiastic about training).
Kioshi always wanted to please us, so that didn't hold true it my experience either.

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The analogy I often use is that an Akita who is consistent with the breed temperament is a little like a professional bodyguard: he'll shadow you closely and will always want to be where you are, but at the same time he's working independently and tends to be focused outward.
Very much a bodyguard. The white female akita/shep would get very annoyed if anyone was messing with her girls.

04-25-2014 03:41 PM
Merciel
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What kind of energy should one expect from an Akita? What kind of drives do they have, and how high?
How loyal and dependent are they? Are they velcro dogs?
Like any other dog, it's hard to generalize, because many of them will not fit the breed stereotype. If you're thinking of getting a dog, it's always best to talk to the breeder about what they're producing and what their specific lines are like.

That said:

In my experience, they're medium to low energy, particularly the conformation-bred dogs (some of whom are pretty heavy/stocky in build and not terribly athletic). The breed is noted for having very high prey drive and being predatory around smaller pets. They are also known for dog aggression and, like Kahrg said, can be highly territorial.

Akitas are known for being very loyal but not all that biddable. They are Velcro dogs but they're frequently not all that interested in training (Crooky is a definite exception to this rule, though, so I don't know how true that part of the stereotype holds -- he loves to work and is extremely enthusiastic about training).

The analogy I often use is that an Akita who is consistent with the breed temperament is a little like a professional bodyguard: he'll shadow you closely and will always want to be where you are, but at the same time he's working independently and tends to be focused outward.
04-25-2014 02:18 PM
shepherdmom
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Originally Posted by HarleyTheGSD View Post
Thank you!

What kind of energy should one expect from an Akita? What kind of drives do they have, and how high?

How loyal and dependent are they? Are they velcro dogs?

Very similar to the German Shepherd. They have an off switch as long as they get regular exercise. Inside they can be couch potatoes. Prey drive is pretty high. Mine were not other large dog aggressive but small dogs /cats fell into the prey category. They are very loyal and protective of their family. My boy was very Velcro. He ate the screens trying to get back inside. After that we learned to leave him inside while we were gone and he was fine. One day my daughter got a splinter from the wood fence and after he always stayed between her and the fence always herding her away from it. He was amazing.


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04-25-2014 01:56 PM
Kahrg4 An akita is the dog that took a chunk out of Cafall's side as Cafall was running past. They are a powerful breed for sure!

The ones I've pet sat have had pretty high prey drives but very little desire to please. They were both very independent dogs and noticeably territorial. Once I got to know them they were sweet, but they remind me of a bigger, burlier, more aggressive Siberian Husky.
04-25-2014 01:25 PM
misslesleedavis1 Very lovely looking, growing up my sisters friend had one.

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04-25-2014 01:17 PM
wolfy dog Akita? Never.
04-25-2014 01:01 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Good with immediate family and pets in your household. Can be dog aggressive. Molly was attacked by an Akita we thought was her friend for 6 months. The two Akitas in my neighborhood are not allowed to even get close to other dogs because they fear their dogs will attack.
I have heard that Akitas can become aggressive. I suppose it's similar to our GSDs? Not being properly socialized, and genetics?
04-25-2014 12:57 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Watch Hachiko, then cry (like I did). First time I've cried in 20 years. Every time I watch it, I cry. That movie made me want an Akita. I watched both the American and Japanese version of Hachiko. Great movies. I just did a quick search on youtube and found the Japanese movie (link below). It seems that the US versions have all been deleted.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn6D38HFOiM
I have seen it! I love it and I hate it. Lol. It made me cry as well. But I found it extremely heartwarming.
04-25-2014 12:53 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Originally Posted by shepherdmom View Post
I have had an Akita and an Akita mix. Both were wonderful friendly dogs. Both did well with my kids (who were little at the time) and with other large dogs. The mix was raised with cats and didn't have a problem but for the full Akita who we got as an adult, cats and anything small and furry had to die.

I'm not really sure what kind of information you are looking for but I would be happy to answer any questions you have.
Thank you!
What kind of energy should one expect from an Akita? What kind of drives do they have, and how high?
How loyal and dependent are they? Are they velcro dogs?
04-25-2014 11:37 AM
huntergreen great looking dogs, but i like my dogs to more social.
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