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10 Reasons Why An Akita Is All You Need In Life
  • December 30, 2017
  • Posted by editor
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When you have an Akita, your life could be going to crap, and you’ll still be doing pretty well. This fuzzy companion is incredibly loyal, deeply loving, and the best friend you’ll ever have. Here’s ten reasons why an Akita is all you’ll ever really need.

1. Akitas are weirdos.

The Akita is truly unlike any other dog breed, with a stoic personality, webbed toes and tail curled over her back. If having an Akita is your first experience with a dog, you might not realize just how different they are than other breeds.

2. They’re basically giant teddy bears.

An Akita won’t cuddle with just anyone. If you are lucky enough to nap with one, you’ll never know how ever slept before. Of course, you won’t be able to move because they’re big enough to take up most of the bed, and your leg will fall asleep… but it’s totally worth it.

3. They bring good luck.

In the Akita’s homeland of Japan, people gift each other with tiny Akita figurines because the dogs represent good health and good fortune. Being a friend of an Akita is good fortune in itself, and the fact that the dogs sprinkle little furs of happiness everywhere they go is an added bonus.

4. Akitas are big snow bunnies.

When you live in an area with four seasons, the Akita’s favorite time of year is winter, when their double coat allows them to enjoy even the coldest days. Every time there’s a blizzard, these dogs get excited to roll around in the snow, take naps in snow-banks, and spend hours outside enjoying the weather that remind them of their namesake, the mountainous city of Akita in Japan.

5. They’re forever loyal to their family.

An Akita is nothing like a Retriever breed, those that befriend everyone they meet. They’re typically aloof towards strangers, and can take weeks to warm up to new friends. But once they do bond with you, they’re incredibly loyal. When people think of Akitas, they think of the story of Hachiko, the Japanese dog who went to the train station each day to greet his owner as he came home from work… and continued the daily routine for nine years after his owner died, never to love another human the same way again.

10 Reasons Why An Akita Is All You Need In Life

6. An Akita always has plenty to say.

Some Akitas are more talkative than others, but when they do make noise, it’s very purposeful and communicative. Through a serious of whines, sighs, rumbles, barks and howls, an Akita manages to teach you their secret language. When you take the time to listen, you’ll find it easy to determine when they’re hungry, when they want attention, when they are on alert, and when they are frustrated.

7. They’re surprisingly gentle.

Though an Akita can weigh around 100 pounds, and may sometimes seem as though they don’t know their own strength, they’re really gentle with children, and sometimes even cats and other small animals, especially if they have been properly introduced and know the smaller creature as a part of their own family.

8. They woof to the beat of their own drum.

When you call your Akita to come back inside after playing out in the yard, you’ll typically see an ear twitch, then a look on their face as though they’re deciding whether or not to obey. Sometimes, there are still smells to be smelled. Some people say they are stubborn, but the truth is, they’re independent thinkers that make their own decisions. Training an Akita means using plenty of highly motivating reinforcers, and sometimes even convincing the dog that the task was their idea all along.

9. They are incredibly intelligent.

One of the biggest reasons that not just everyone can own an Akita: they’re smarter than many people. They pick up on new tricks and cues very quickly, and have a strong intuition for understanding what you’re trying to show them, even when you’re not being perfectly clear. They also pick up on unexpected things, like learning to open doors and turn on faucets just by watching you. You’ll be surprised at how many words they learn just by listening and observing.

10. Akitas are “heart dog” material.

While every dog is special, a heart dog is exceptional. It is one with which you have a very special connection. An intelligent, loyal dog like an Akita is one of those that you’ll never forget, no matter how many dogs you have in your lifetime.

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Comments

  1. gfh
    On May 18, 2018 at 6:23 pm, gfh said:

    true

  2. rokonrae
    On August 29, 2018 at 5:50 pm, rokonrae said:

    I grew up with dogs, we usually had German Shepherds, but I also had a black lab and a scottie when I was young. Four years ago I purchased a NAID and he is amazing. I love him so much. He was an only dog until 8 months ago, when I purchased my very first American Akita. She is like no dog I have ever had. She knows things and you can see the wheels turning in her head while she contemplates things. She loves unconditionally and wants to cuddle with me all the time (I’m the lucky one in the house that she bonded with so immensely). I swear I have separation anxiety when I am away from her. If all Akita’s are like my baby girl, I am sold for life on this breed.

  3. COLEEN Donovan
    On September 3, 2018 at 12:14 pm, COLEEN Donovan said:

    They are the most loving and loyal dogs you will ever own. I have had the pleasure of having two and wouldnt trade them for anything.☺

  4. Yoga
    On September 9, 2018 at 6:49 pm, Yoga said:

    I have the pleasure of having my son’s Baby Bear.They are the most loving, loyal and very clever. I love him so much. He is the most wonderful.dog.

  5. michelle
    On September 21, 2018 at 6:15 am, michelle said:

    I have a 5 month old girl called Holly.
    She is so sweet and kind she plays with my two cats with her paw like a swipe like cat play. Sbe never connects just watches how they play and copies. The cats sit and play back. She as been very easy to train but she does think for her self she is going through adolescence and tends to look and decide if she wants to sit one ore time. They are very food oriented and a treat normally convinces her. We all are so lucky to have such a wonderful dog in our family. Its such fun never a dull day with her she is growing up to be a sweet clever but independent thinking dog .

  6. avitechtone
    On December 1, 2018 at 3:29 am, avitechtone said:

    We got our first Akita, Takai in 1987 and have lived / loved with a few others since. One female we named Yoshi was really extra special and will always be remembered as she was very intuned to us and very sweet with everyone. We have not and probably will never ever get over missing her. We adopted/rescued an Akita Husky we named Kobe that was her partner, he was also a wonderful dog. We currently have a male and female Akita that are awesome and we love them so much. They bring so much joy to my life that I wish I could rescue them all. The main issue with this breed I believe is they require a lot of socialization, love and general exposure in the very early months to calm the high prey instinct and the untrust that is natural to them. They need to be a part of the family, in your home and is not a dog that can be kept outside. The hardest part of owning this breed is they only live 10 to 14 years and that is too short.

  7. William Schmautz
    On May 6, 2019 at 11:01 pm, William Schmautz said:

    The Akita will teach you more than you will teach him. A fiercely loyal dog that is aggressive early training and socialization a must. Smarter than a whip and faster than you he will keep you on your toes. This is a one human dog meaning that he will faithfully bond to one person he will be loyal to all members but truly unconditionally love just one. I will always have akitas in my life.

  8. Bruce
    On September 17, 2019 at 6:40 pm, Bruce said:

    It’s like I’ve always said; once you’ve had an Akita, you won’t go back. They will quickly become the only dog you’ll ever want to have.

  9. Terry Naber
    On September 24, 2019 at 5:34 pm, Terry Naber said:

    After training and showing dogs for many years, I discovered the American Akita when I adopted a rescue Akita that was down to his last few days before being put to sleep. He was a handful due to being raised improperly – was totally stubborn and would bite any hand that touched him below his shoulders. It took some intensive obedience training, but once he learned that he was NOT the Alpha leader of our family, he became the most intelligent, and loving dog I’ve every owned. Over the next 9 years with him, several times he didn’t like certain people and would avoid these, but loved children and would gently take them by the wrist and lead them to where we had set up a play area for our children. He would gently “herd” them so they stayed at the “Children’s playing place” until I came out and told him to let them go.

    He once observed my horse raring up to stomp on me (horse was frustrated at me clipping his hooves) and came to my rescue by running full speed and jumping onto the side of the horse. The horse was shocked and instantly stopped having a fit. He was super loyal all of his life to our children and us. We were up in the Colorado mountains when a bear started growling at us and our Akita was instantly ready to risk his life to protect us.

    Yes, after owning and training many breeds, I can attest that the Akita is indeed a different personality and way too intelligent compared to most dogs. It does cause problems at times. For instance we had to remove our outside faucet handles because our Akitas would turn on the water, especially in the Summer and roll in the water/mud wherever the water out of the hose collected. The problem was that they never saw the need to shut the water back off – so it would run until it had made a big puddle somewhere. They just didn’t understand why I wanted to shut it off, and would go behind me and turn it back on. So I had to take the handles off and put them next to the faucets – but even then one day I saw our male Akita trying to reinstall the faucet handle – thankfully unsuccessfully.

    Our Akitas had to be taught to stop just opening the doors and walking in. They still know how, but will ask first with a short bark or noise. If we say OK, then they come on in, but otherwise they will stay ourside and normally just sleep on the doorstep until we come back out. Great dogs – but you get so completely attached to them!

  10. Samuel
    On September 25, 2019 at 1:16 am, Samuel said:

    Iv’e had several Akita’s one died of old age the other bloat and a female akita that was abandoned when they had the housing crisis. She lived in the woods and she would follow us. But unfortunately she was in the fourth stage of heart worm disease and I had to put her down. I liked her more than the two dogs I’d raised she was thankful for everything I did for her. I named her lumpy because she walked with a limp. I suspect she had been hit by a car. The other Male akita’s were Kaya and Yutaka they brought joy to ones life.

  11. Darlene
    On October 7, 2019 at 7:38 pm, Darlene said:

    Weve got a 7 year old rescued Akita. I’m definitely his “person” but he loves going to visit my elderly patients. Truly an extraordinary breed.

  12. Dane
    On October 8, 2019 at 4:11 pm, Dane said:

    My first akita Roscoe got me through my twenties. He was my shadow for eleven years. I lost him to bloat. The smartest and most loyal dog I’ve ever owned. We use to run long distance and swim long distance together on various trails and lakes. He was my training partner. You get all there love as and affection but warning, your dog will not listen to other people. Everything this breed does for you is out of love and respect. For the most part these dogs are all business and typically wont play fetch or other games they find pointless. Very primal and prey driven. I’m on my second akita soju. It took two years to have the heart to get another one but me and my girlfriend needed some light in our life. Currently looking for a friend for him and reaching out to rescues. He loves dogs!

  13. Mirjana Lagator
    On October 22, 2019 at 12:24 pm, Mirjana Lagator said:

    Once you have an Akita, no other breed will do. Simple as that. The only problem is that – because you get so attached to them – it hurts like hell, when you lose them. 🙁

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