Typically, Akita’s are great family dogs but rarely interact with strangers. I love these dogs, but I wasn’t sure if this was the right fit for my family. So I asked Petland Naperville’s Pet Counselor to tell me more things about Akitas as a family dog.
I wasn't sure if that's how all Akitas behaved, and the Pet Counselor told me that the Akita is friendly with its family members, but that they generally do not want to interact with strangers. They are very fearless, and are used as guard dogs in Japan. Since they are strong-willed, if you don't show dominance right away, the Akita will decide that he is the alpha male in the family. This means that children have to exude leadership over your Akita too, or your dog may bite children, believing that he ranks higher than them.
The Akita is a great breed. They originally came from the mountains of Japan. This would explain their thick double coat! These dogs are hefty too---males can weigh from 100 to 130 pounds, and females between 70-100 pounds! Because of their thick double coats, Akitas shed quite a lot. It's a good idea to brush an Akita every day. While they shed some fur daily, they also shed sufficiently more 2-3 times per year. During those times, you may want to take your dog to a groomer and let him or her do the hard work!
Akitas are active dogs. They like to run around and should probably be in a home with a fenced yard. This makes them great pets for families with kids! Again, remember that your children need to train your Akita that they are in charge---not the dog. Akitas also like to go for long walks, and my Pet Counselor highly recommended that.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time with the Akita puppy. I was glad to have a Pet Counselor who knew all about Akitas help me to discover this breed of dog. I love the fact that it is incredibly soft and hairy, loyal, and good with people. I absolutely love that they can come in many color combinations. I recommend the Akita to anyone with a family, and I'm sure you can find beautiful examples of this breed at Petland Naperville.