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Akita

Hound Group, Working Group, Terrier Group

Friendly, Obedient, Intelligent.

Akita

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Breed Overview

This overview provides a snapshot of the breed’s general characteristics and care requirements. As with any breed, individual Golden Retrievers may vary in temperament, appearance, and needs.

Physical Characteristics
  • Height 23-24” Males 21.5 - 22.5” Females

About the Breed

Dog are intelligent, eager-to-please, and versatile working dogs. While they’re famous for being excellent family pets, they also serve as guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs, and search-and-rescue participants. Their amiable temperament makes them outstanding ambassadors for any breed and cherished members of families worldwide.

History of the Breed

The dog roots trace back to Scotland in the mid-19th century. They were bred to retrieve game from both water and land because hunting was immensely popular among Scottish elites. They emerged from a mix of the now-extinct Yellow Retriever and the Tweed Water Spaniel and were later crossed with Bloodhounds, Irish Setters, and more Tweed Water Spaniels. The goal was a perfect hunting companion, which eventually led to the breed we know and love today.

Fun Facts About the Akita

What To Expect When Caring For an Akita

Health

Prone to hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and autoimmune diseases. Regular health checks and hip evaluations are recommended.

Grooming

Their thick double coat requires regular brushing, more so during shedding seasons. Bathing every few months is typically sufficient unless the dog gets particularly dirty.

Exercise

They require a daily routine but are moderately energized. Long walks and play sessions in a secure area are ideal.

Training

Training needs to be consistent and start early. They respond well to firm, respectful, and positive training methods.

Nutrition

A balanced diet is essential for their age, size, and activity level. Monitoring food intake and weight is essential to prevent obesity.

Akitas are a magnificent and loyal breed but require an owner who understands their unique traits and needs. With proper care, training, and socialization, an Akita can be a loving and protective companion for the right family.

Akita Common Health Issues and Recommended Tests

Akitas are a robust and hardy breed, but they are predisposed to specific health issues, like many large dog breeds. Awareness of these health concerns and the recommended tests can help Akita owners ensure their pets lead healthy and happy lives.

Description: A genetic condition where the hip joint doesn't develop correctly, leading to arthritis or lameness.

Description: A condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones, which can lead to issues like obesity, lethargy, and skin problems

Description: A genetic condition that leads to the gradual deterioration of the retina, potentially resulting in blindness.

Description: Akitas can be prone to various autoimmune conditions, such as autoimmune thyroiditis and sebaceous adenitis.

Description: A life-threatening condition where the stomach fills with gas and can twist, common in large breeds.

Hip Dysplasia

Description: A genetic condition where the hip joint doesn't develop correctly, leading to arthritis or lameness.

Hypothyroidism

Description: A condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones, which can lead to issues like obesity, lethargy, and skin problems

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

Description: A genetic condition that leads to the gradual deterioration of the retina, potentially resulting in blindness.

Autoimmune Diseases

Description: Akitas can be prone to various autoimmune conditions, such as autoimmune thyroiditis and sebaceous adenitis.

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat

Description: A life-threatening condition where the stomach fills with gas and can twist, common in large breeds.

Prescription Medication Assistance for Akitas

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How Much Does It Cost To Care For An Akita?

Caring for an Akita involves various annual expenses, which can vary depending on your location, the dog’s individual needs, and the level of care you choose to provide. Here’s a general breakdown of the annual costs for an Akita:

The cost of an Akita puppy from a reputable breeder can be quite pricey. Always consider adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue.

Initial Cost

$800 - 2000

Costs for initial supplies such as a crate, bed, bowls, collar, leash, and toys can range.

Estimated Cost

$200 - 500

Akitas are large dogs and require a significant amount of food. High-quality dog food and treats can be expensive.

Estimated Cost

$600 - 1200

Akitas has a thick double coat that requires regular grooming. Professional grooming can range, and overall cost will vary by frequency.

Estimated Annual Cost

$600 - 1200

Routine vet visits, including vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, and check-ups, are all to be considered. This cost does not include emergency medical expenses.

Estimated Annual Cost

$500 - 1000

Insurance premiums can vary, depending on deductibles and coverage.

Estimated Annual Cost

$200 - 600

Additional expenses for toys, bedding, and other supplies can add up.

Estimated Cost

$100 - 300

If opted for, professional training can add several hundred dollars to the annual cost.

Estimated Annual Cost

$250 - 1000

If you travel frequently or need someone to watch your dog, you'll need to find a good sitter or boarding facility.

Annual Cost:

Overnight boarding, day-boarding, and pet-sitting costs vary depending on the area you live, length of stay/frequency of services, and the amenities offered by the boarding facility or pet sitter.

Setting aside funds for unexpected health issues is always a good idea.

Annual Cost:

Varies by needs but can easily reach into the thousands with surgical costs, IVs, medications and after hours treatment.

Many municipalities require annual dog licensing.

Estimated Cost

$50 - 200

Total Estimated Annual Cost:

$3300 - $8000

It's important to note that these figures are estimates and can vary. Also, the first year of owning a dog can be more expensive due to one-time costs like spaying/neutering, initial vaccinations, and training. Regular budgeting for your dog's needs and an emergency fund for unforeseen expenses are essential for responsible pet ownership.

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