Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.
About the Akita
Height (to base of neck): females 24-26″ males 26-28″
Weight: females 75-85 lb, males 85-110 lb
Color: Many accepted including brindle, pinto and white
Coat: Thick double coat, outer hairs stand out and undercoat is soft and dense.
Life Expectancy: 11-12 years
Energy level: Moderate
Exercise needs: Moderate
Is an Akita the Right Dog Breed for You?
The Akita was originally used for hunting in harsh environments, thus they are able to withstand rugged terrain. While the Akita is intelligent and adaptable, care should be taken when choosing this breed as a family pet. They have been known to attack members of their own family and tend to be dog aggressive. They require an experience owner that can start socialization and obedience training very early. They tend to be heavy shedders and require a lot of stimulation to prevent boredom driven behaviors.
Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Akita
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