Akita Inu (Japanese) Breed

Ceehajin

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Hello,

I currently own an intact male french bulldog and a spayed senior female cat. I feed them the pmr and barf diet. In the past, I used to own a pitbull with my ex partner. I have been raised w 2 family dogs as well. [My animal experience]

To me, it is extremely important to invest time into your animals. I would say I am a more than average eperienced dog owner who knows what I want from a dog. However, while I am very enamored with the Japanese Akita, I cannot find one in person to observe and study. I have read horror stories and warnings across the internet and have talked to several owners online.

One of my main concerns beyond aggression is if this breed will come back when called naturally.

If you own an akita inu or have experience, please let me know what to truly expect. Thank you.
 

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Do not know about your breed specifically but i am sure you know training and treats is the key, however my newest puppy (13) months, only comes generally speaking when I whistle. My other dogs never did this. Would it be ok to try and different way of commands or whistle to get them to come?
 

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If you have dog shows in your area that could be a place where you can come in contact with the breed.
 

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I had a martial arts instructor who had one and it was super dominant. I believe that most of them are like that and that even in the breed standard it says something about their temperament being very dominant especially with other dogs. Its a breed trait. While I haven't owned one from what I know they are great dogs but only for very responsible owners who are willing to be the head of the pack.
 
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First off, I applaud you doing research before adopting a Japanese Akita.

I am a professional trainer and my recommendation would be: If it's not broke, don't fix it. If you have a dog and cat living in harmony, that is great. There is always a potential of any dog or pet not being a good match for your pets, You elevate that possibility when you choose a breed like a Japanese Akita that is bred for hunting. An Akita naturally sees small animals (cats) as prey. Although there are Akitas that get along great with small animals, it is not what their natural instinct tells them to do.
 

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I totally agree with Wildside Unlimited. My friend has two cats and a male Akita. They can live in harmony without a crate or leash because the Akita is very good at other felines. The male Akitas are always very tall and strong, so her Akita posted huge threats to the cats when he came home. Thanks to his friendly personality, the two cats gradually accept this new huge friend and sometimes chase with him. She said she places a high cat tree in the house, so the cats can hide and sleep in it as well as eyeball the Akita. However, she also said not all the Akitas are well-behaved, she has met a female Akita who destroyed the furniture and urinated anywhere. Therefore, it's important for you to understand the personality before buying an Akita in the breeder. It's advisable to find a dependable breeder who can tell you the personality of dog's parents, as genetics is a critical factor of a puppy's personality.
Recently I am going to adopt a stray kitten, but I have an obedient hound, so I ask for advice from my friend.
 
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