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New owner advice 10 Feb 2018 20:06 #27806

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Hi, We recently got an Akita Puppy from someone who needed to rehome him , and would like some feedback on the breed please. He is a very excited little boy and has settled in well, is 16 wks old and a wonderful addition to the family. We have a 12 yr old cat who has just finished sulking after bringing young Kuma home. They seem to get on well although sometimes the cat tries to show him who’s boss. Someone suggested training classes to my partner which he won’t consider at all. We have had German shepherds before which to be honest I find are definately not as stubborn . I’m not sure whether he is American Akita or Japanese Akita, how do you know which is which? As the cat has been pure boss of me for years I’m just looking for advice on what to expect it terms of temperament etc. Any information will be great from other owners who have first hand experience. Thank you
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Re: New owner advice 10 Feb 2018 22:57 #27807

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Hi, we have a 7year old American Akita you can generally tell the difference between a Japanese and American by colouring. American are generally black and white or greyish whereas a Japanese is more of a bridle.
Americans heads are normally bear like and the Japanese are smaller in stature and have a fox like shaped head.

These are not biddable dogs, ours has such a stubborn steak but he knows who the pack leader is, pecking order is also very important, we don't so much as tell him to sit more suggest to him that he may like to sit.

We've had other breeds before but nothing like our Niko , he is so loving and very protective .

Akitas recall are normally rubbish so he is never off his lead, the site of an 8 stone bear bounding towards you and your dog isn't something you want

I would definitely recommend training classes as this will massively help with socialising him.

Great dogs but nothing like you have had before. When he reaches adolescence he could be a bit of a handful and you may want to think about giving him the operation we did.

Strap yourself in and enjoy the journey it will be challenging but so re
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Re: New owner advice 10 Feb 2018 23:11 #27808

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Thank you so much , I must admit I do feel slightly out of my comfort zone as I’m left with him most of the time . He is very loving and walks well on the lead, socialising him and taking him on walks. They can take quite some time as he like to sit and watch cars go by. I think then from your description he is an American Akita. I’m sure I will be asking lots more questions an advice as time goes by. Thankyou again, that’s been very helpful.
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Re: New owner advice 10 Feb 2018 23:49 #27809

Hello and welcome to the forum he definatley looks American type akia, my first akita was american type and my "now" akita is a tweeny mix american and japanese,more japanese than American

My first Akita Benny went to classes and he did very well from it, he got his Good citizen certificate and passed his beginners test, the lessons really helped with bonding and learning about your dog, they can be very stubborn "in my own time" dogs and they are very strong, they tend not to show many of the usual signs of agression e.g. they don't usually show their teeth before having a pop at another dog, so you need to be good at reading their body posturing and a training class is good to learn your dogs posturing. Akita's are very loyal and extreamly loving dogs, my old Benny was a big boy of 7 and a half stone, but he still insisted on sitting on my lap and yes...they are very stubborn "I love the way you say tyou have to "suggest" Philsniko it's so true you have to be patient with them but you do get what you want eventually Oh and as they are double coated they shed a ton of fur about twice a year, the whole under coat comes out and they need grooming every day when they are in full moult, so it's usefull to start getting your pup used to being groomed now, even though he doesn't really need grooming at this young age it will be better to get him familiar with combs and brushes before he gets big, stubborn and harder to handle I think your GSD experience will come in very handy when learning about your new akita puppy

Oh yes and philsniko advice about recall is very important, akitas should be kept on a lead, and extra strong extending lead is what we use or a lundge lead can be used, but a lundge can get a bit tangled up when he decides to do a zoomy...akitas love to do zoomies

I love the pictures, he's going to be a handsome boy

philsniko I love the pic of your Niko enjoying a kip in the garden
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Re: New owner advice 11 Feb 2018 09:45 #27810

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No problem at all any time.
If he gets a bit pulley when he's older you might consider a harness and or a Halti you don't want to get into a tug of war with just a collar on if he decides to sit and watch cars and you want to go somewhere else, we use both.

As Benson's mum says, they don't give any warning if a dog gets too close that they don't like, so I would advise, particularly around adolescence when his testosterone is kicking in to be wary letting other dogs close unless he has already bonded with them.

They are such a rewarding companion to have.
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Re: New owner advice 11 Feb 2018 09:54 #27811

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Thank you so much both of you for some much needed advice, it will help me greatly, Kuma is currently fast asleep as we speak after his morning exercise , Flubb the cat is asleep also and my partner is at work . So taking advantage of this nice peaceful moment and reward my self a nice cup of tea. Look forward to keeping you both up to date with his progress. Again Thankyou both of you.
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