Akita Shepherd

History, Personality, Exercise & Health Problems

It is cross between the Akita and German Shepherd breed. The German Shepherd has its origin in the eighteenth century. This breed was bred for its herding capacities. The Germans easily gave recognition to the race, for its high intelligence and were part of the German military as courier dogs. This thing happened during the Second World War. During the twentieth century, the German Shepherds got massive popularity in the USA. The other parent, Akitas have their ancestry in Japan, and were used as fighting dogs and were bred continuously with other dogs to improve their fighting skills. In the later stages, the government of Japan started banning the illegal game of fighting dog breeds. It was in these later years that Akitas began getting popularity as house pets.

According to many, the Akita Shepherds are unique breed and mostly remain reserved and aloof, like both of their parents. These dogs have a natural tendency to protect and guard their surroundings. These qualities are reflected in their overall behavior and personality. This breed is also known for its playful and highly energetic selves. These dogs are wary of strangers, and if socialized in their early childhood days, can become extremely aggressive upon seeing a stranger.

Akita Shepherds have an image of being a thorough workaholic, along with a keen sense of courage. These dogs, on a daily basis, need at least an hour of exercise to satiate their activity needs. They will happily accept, if given a heavy-duty task, such as providing laboring efforts to the owner. These dogs will gladly accompany their owner if activities like hiking, running, or a short walk in the dog park.

The Akita and German Shepherd cross can have some significant health issues like Canine Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy, Congenital Heart Defect, Autoimmune Thyroiditis, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Elbow Dysplasia, Panosteitis, Pemphigus, Sebaceous Adenitis, Pannus Perianal, Fistulas, Hemophilia, and Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency.

Training & Feeding

One can start with house training these beasts. Then comes things like obedience training, crate training, etc. A thorough consultation with the trainer is always suggested. Teaching it little things like standing behind the owner when waiting for the lift, being a gentleman while outside are qualities which will help in the long run.

One should have a thorough consultation with an experienced vet doctor before zeroing on the diet of the dog.

 

Akita Pit

Described as a Hybrid dog, Akita Pit is a cross between Pit Bull and Akita. It is a medium-sized dog. The primary origin of this dog is known since it has no specific regional background. In the late 18th century, this parent dog Akita was used as a fighting dog. After World War II, the breed became in the United States. This dog was placed as guard dogs or as a part of law enforcement. The original Pitbull dog, as seen in the picture going as far as 1500, was used for guarding and hunting. The look of the Akita Pit looks like the Pit Bull of yesterday.

This breed is stubborn and independent. The race is intelligent like the Akita parent and has a fondness for dominating the relationship between canine and human. By a combination of firm hand and kindness training, obedience will come from this breed. Although socialization is needed and once done, they are good with children and other animals. They are intelligent, loyal, friendly and protective to the family. They become aggressive very rarely. As a breed, this dog has a lot of enthusiasm and pleasing qualities.

Since the dog is living with a human being for thousands of years, hence daily exercise is a must for them. If it is considered to be a wild dog, then it requires a lot of daily work to save and find food. Regarded as a companion dog,  it can get food by sitting on the couch. There are specific exercises like tugging, fetching and running considered as minimum exercise requirements for the dog.

As per the breed, specific exercise is the need of the hours for the dog. They crave for both mental and physical activities. Through the destructive behavior, they will let the owner know that they need training. There is a need of fenced outdoor space so that it can ooze out the energy level. Enough space is the need for the dog. They are generally fit dogs.

Akita Pit requires training from an early age. Consistency in the training pattern is the key. They are easy to train as they learn the command quickly. Behavior training is critical for this breed. The bad habits of the puppy get corrected and prevented in the future through behavior training. The trainer should not get impatient. There is a requirement of repetition of commands. The dog should not be called for punishment since this will teach the dog not to come to terms with the training. Negative reinforcement and frustration out of the voice tone while training must be kept away. No pretention is to be shown since the dog can feel human emotion.

Nekita

By cross-breeding the Neapolitan Mastiff and Akita,  Nekita is born. Many of the Nekita bred over the generations may not be 50% Neapolitan Mastiff and 50% of Akita, though the intention was to create a 50/50 mix. By looking at all the breeds’ temperament of this breed is determined.

Generally specified as an aggressive dog, Nekita designer is a designer dog. Due to the enormous size, they are known as ideal guard dog apart from being loyal, alert and protective. They require socialization at an early stage and with such socialization they can get along with children. For the first time owner, this dog is not suitable.

 

To remain content and healthy, this crossbreed requires at least one hour of rigorous activities although they are very energetic and active breed. Fetch play and walks for several times are the best exercises for the dog. Daily one hour of exercise is enough for this breed. They show signs of aggressive behavior and get bored if they do not get any activity.

 

The primary health issues that occur in this dog include autoimmune thyroiditis, hip dysplasia, gastric dilation or bloat and von Willebrand’s disease. The minor health issues consist of sebaceous adenitis, ectropion, entropion, progressive retinal atrophy, and skin fold dermatitis.

This dog is made gentle and kind by training. But it is advised to keep it under supervision. With extra meals, overfeeding of this dog is not recommended. High brand of dog food is provided to the dog for long-term health.

Labrakita

Labrakita is a Labrador retriever and Akita Inu mix. It is a crossbreed, and not much is known about its history.

In a household with children, Labrakita is a good family friend. With small children, they need supervision. Since this dog has a prey drive, they needed socialization so that they don’t show their prey drive instinct with other animals. This dog is fun loving and requires a lot of time to play with the family. It needs lots of time and large yards. Introduction to the guest is critical so that they can know who comes to the house.

This dog is a clean dog, but still, they need brushing frequently. Slicker or pin brush is used to sweep the coat several times a week. Since frequent shampooing can cause dry skin, hence bathing requirements are minimal for this dog. Once every month, the toenail needs trimming. Brushing of teeth and cleaning of ears for irritation, wax buildup, and ear mites are necessary.

To stay healthy and happy, the Labrakita needs the right amount of exercise. If the dog does not get the exercise, it becomes anxious and overweight. Some of the favorite activities of this dog include playing on the beach, hiking in the woods, swimming, and brisk walks. They can develop the habit of destroying property or chewing things if they don’t get any exercise.

This dog can develop gastric dilation; bloat, gastric torsion disease. It needs daily 3 to 5 cups of healthy food as a healthy diet.

Huskita

As a designer or hybrid dog, the Huskita is a mixture of two pure breeds. In the last two decades, the designer dogs refer to the mixed breeds that have grown in reputation. There is deliberate mixing of the two races was done because it is fashionable to do so, while mixed race had no new development. Some of these dogs are further successful and popular, which draws the concentration of the disreputable breeders and puppy mills to create money.  To know more about this dog, one needs to look into the history of their parents Siberian husky and Akita.

Adopting the protective nature of Akita and hunting instincts from Siberian husky, Huskitas inherit the qualities of both the parents. They are playful, energetic and affectionate and ready to safeguard the household thus exhibiting the traits of an excellent watchdog. Since they are good companion, they are ideal for people living alone. They are good with children, apart from being loyal. When it has only one pet, they do best to gel with it. At times this dog can turn aggressive and are territorial. If the Akita gene rules them, they might not welcome the strangers, while in general, they are not aggressive. Having an independent side, they are somewhat aloof and detached, and they might not be good for the first time owners.

Safeguarding of oil is done brushing of coat thrice should be done. This breed sheds very little. With a dog shampoo, bathing is done as per requirement. Perfect tool is used to clip the nails, Avoidance of infection for the dog is achieved by occasional cleaning of eyes and ears are done.

This dog suffers from dysplasia. There are other disorders like obesity, bloating, eye problem and hypothyroidism, which it inherits from its parents.

For the good health of Huskita, two to three hours of strenuous exercise is enough. To provide enough physical and mental stimulation, fun-filled play sessions and long jogs are sufficient for this dog.  When visiting a dog park, use of a leash is essential, and access to a fenced yard is crucial for this dog.

From the puppy day, this dog needs training to get socialized. It will help its wariness to strangers at bay. To social the dog in better in a better way, it is necessary to keep inviting the relatives and friends more to the house. The puppies should be permitted to sit with the strangers so that they can know the stranger in a better way. Teaching the puppy obedience is an essential thing. Engagement in lots of fun and exciting activities is necessary to keep its mind busy because like most of the dogs they have prey drives and destructive habits.

For Huskitas, four to five cups of high-quality food are enough. The commercial food provided to the dog needs to possess all critical nutrients. As per age, size and metabolism of the dog, the quantity of food will vary. The meal provided for the dog needs division in two balanced diets.

Akita Chow

History, Personality, Exercise & Health Problems

Akita Chow is the cross between the Akita and the Chow chow. It is a new breed, so there isn’t any detailed history in records about the Akita Chow. However, its parents have a complete history. The ancestors of Akita have an image of hunting dogs. These dogs were also used as fighting dogs and were bred continuously with other dogs to improve their fighting skills. In the later stages, the government of Japan started banning the illegal game of fighting dog breeds. It was in these later years that Akitas began getting popularity as house pets. Historians have a record that the Chow chows have a bone structure which is quite similar to the earliest known dogs in the world. Their numbers suddenly started declining as the years started passing. They have a reputation of once, being used as food in countries like Manchuria and Mongolia.

The Akita Chow is independent and is known to have an obstinate nature. It will be loyal as well as intelligent. They are incredibly protective of their owners. Some may want a dog with qualities like not jumping to their owner or doesn’t have a licking habit, and in that case, the Akita chow will be a great option. As they are highly protective of their owner, Akita chows at times can become dominating and uncontrollable. If not socialized at an early age, these dogs in the later stages of their life can become aggressive whenever they come across a stranger. Whenever they are around small children, these dogs can dispose of their bossy tendencies. In this regard, the elders should always accompany these dogs.

This breed having independent tendencies needs a high dose of regular activities. It will enjoy a long walk with leash on. A fenced-in-yard will provide the required space for the dog to run and play freely. One of its parents the Akita is high on energy dog. On the other hand, the Chow chow tends to be on the lazy side. The Akita chow can thus be an active dog or can be a lazy and slouchy dog. Regardless of its will to exercise, the Akita chows still need a moderate amount of exercise on a daily basis.

The dog can suffer from illnesses such as Entropion, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Distichiasis, Gastric Torsion, Elbow Dysplasia, Cataracts, Pemphigus, and Sebaceous Adenitis. Some random tests are for the Eyes, Hips Elbow, Skin Scraping, X-Rays, and Eye Examination.

Training & Feeding

Some can have massive vomiting tendencies while traveling in the car and needs handling accordingly. Teaching it little things like standing behind the owner when waiting for the lift, being a gentleman while outside are qualities which will help in the long run.