Akita Training Profile
Weight: 70 to 100 pounds
Height: 24 to 28 inches
Lifespan: 10 to 13 years
Akita Temperament and History
This breed of working dog originates from Japan; they’re named after the Akita prefecture, a region in northern Japan. They’re believed to be related to the Spitz breed.
Originally, Akita dogs were the protectors of affluent and influential Japanese citizens; they regularly accompanied members of royal families. But their duties weren’t limited to defense; they also hunted for their owners, going after elk, black bears, wild boars and deer.
These large dogs appear formidable to people, and their commitment, loyalty and valiancy make them great companions. They’ll go the extra mile to make sure their caretakers are safe.
One reason Akitas are such good guard dogs is that they are always on the lookout for possible threats. They often are suspicious toward humans they don’t know, and, in many cases, don’t like to be around other animals.
It also takes a lot to frighten dogs of this breed; they’re not discouraged by confrontations and are willing to put themselves in harm’s way to protect the people they care about.
But that’s not to say they don’t have a kinder, gentler side. Akitas are overall tender dogs, but their overly protective behavior can be misperceived for other negative characteristics.
In fact, they love being around people, and when they’re around people they know, they’re very happy dogs. If they are trained well and given the opportunity to interact and socialize with other dogs and people, they can also develop some funny behaviors.
Although Akitas adore people, you don’t have to worry about them developing separation anxiety. They’re strong dogs, with a strong sense of self-reliance.
Akita Training Tips
Due to their protective nature, it’s common for Akitas to show some signs of aggressive behavior. They can also be a bit stubborn, which can make training them a time-consuming process.
If you want your Akita to quickly pick up positive behaviors and personality traits, you should prioritize training them as soon as possible. It also helps if they spend a lot of time around other dogs and people when they’re puppies.
Experienced dog trainers, however, have the ability to guide them in the right direction. And, typically, once they’ve learned what behavior is and isn’t acceptable, they follow commands.