Akitas are known for their great bravery, loyalty, and fidelity. They have unique and striking physical characteristics, but training an Akita requires time and patience. Despite being a fairly large breed, they have been bred as companions in homes. The breed originates from the prefecture of Akita in Northern Japan. These powerful dogs were bred to hunt large game and are now used as police dogs in Japan due to their bold, courageous nature. Despite all of this, they are sweet and affectionate protectors.
Common Health Conditions
- Lymphoma or lymphosarcoma is a type of cancer that affects Akitas more than other breeds.
- Akitas can be born with a defective immune system, which attacks their own skin, digestive system, thyroid, or their spinal cord.
- Endocrine system diseases in Akitas include Addison's disease and Cushing’s disease.