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.

 

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