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Akita Puppy – All Facts About The Old Dog Breed

Akita Puppy
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Do you know that Akita is a very ancient dog, bred in the 17th century in northern Japan? Akita puppy is a key part of Japan’s culture.

It was initially permitted to be grown only in the royal families in Japan. However, the Akita puppy is now grown worldwide and considered by its respective owners as an effective guard dog.

There are two varieties of Akita – American and Japanese Akita. Both look almost similar with minor differences.

Akita Colours

Usually, Akita puppy has a double coat with a shorter top coat and a thick and lush undercoat. The coat of an Akita puppy appears in various colors such as:

  • Black
  • White
  • Brindle
  • Chocolate and
  • A combination of white with other colors

Akita Puppy Appearance

Akita puppy has a broad and huge head that is well balanced on the rear side by a completely curled tail. Moreover, these dogs have dark eyes, deep muzzle and ears that stand erect.

Hence, these features tend to show that this dog as an alert guard. The Akita resembles Spitz-type dogs, which look heavy.

Akita Size / Life Span

Japanese Akita Height And Weight

Height – Male – 66-71 cm, Female – 61-66 cm

Weight – Male – 45-59 kg, Female – 32-45 kg

American Akita Height And Weight

Height – Male – 64-70 cm, Female – 58-64 cm

Weight – Male – 34-54 kg, Female – 34-50 kg

Akita Lifespan

The average life of an Akita puppy is between 11 and 15 years. This applies only if the Akita puppy is well maintained with a good diet and grown in a healthy environment.

Akita Temperament

  • Affectionate
  • Calm
  • Intelligent
  • Friendly
  • Responsive
  • Alert
  • Brave
  • Loyal
  • Dignified
  • Independent

Akita Puppy Food

Akita puppies consume little amount of food and just once a day. Considering its size, this is quite incredible. Every Akita puppy must be given the right foods since they are extremely food sensitive and can fall sick.

Natural foods like rice and fish will be most suitable for Akita dogs because they are used to eating such kinds of foods.

Foods that Akita eats

  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Egg
  • Sea plants
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Oatmeal
  • Brown rice
  • Pearled Barley
  • Carrots
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Peas
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries

Foods to avoid (Vet Recommended)

  • Mushrooms
  • Cooked bones
  • Raisins
  • Apple pieces
  • Grapes
  • Chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Almonds

Akita Health Problems

1. Hip Dysplasia

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Symptoms

  • Limited movement
  • Decreasing rate of activity
  • Loosening of the hip joints
  • Experiencing toughness in climbing and alighting (getting down) stairs
  • Standing with legs placed closer to each other
  • The rough sound made by the joints causing difficulty in free movement
  • Bunny hop walking style
  • Contraction of the hind leg muscles
  • Considerable weight loss in the thighs (muscle mass)
  • Formation of bulged shoulder muscles due to extra pressure applied to adjust the lameness in the hind leg

Causes

  • Inherited (hereditary)
  • Bad diet (Malnutrition)
  • Excess body weight
  • Exercising daily for a reasonably long time causing heavy strain to the hip joints

Treatment

Finally, after a thorough reading of the dog’s condition, the vet will advise for the correct treatment. Especially, if a vet opts for non-surgical methods to treat a dog, the treatment will be:

  • Exercise-related recommendations given to the order to ensure that the dog does not put excess weight and strain the hips
  • Medications like aspirin, corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Applying joint fluid modifiers

Surgical treatment

Total Hip replacement (THR) is the most common method of surgical treatment that is applied. Artificial hip in the forms of metal or plastics is instilled in the affected dog’s hip joint area.

The affected hip joint is removed and then the said process is carried out. The pain caused by hip dysplasia is cured by this method.

2. Progressive Retinal Atrophy

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Symptoms

  • Shows reluctance to move during the night time
  • Delayed responsiveness of the pupils to light
  • Avoids the daily activities of running and climbing and getting down the stairs
  • Night blindness

The associated symptoms of night blindness which causes loss of vision for the dog results in:

  • Accidentally bumping on the furniture, window frames and other things
  • Slipping and falling when the dog’s feet strikes some objects unintentionally
  • The dog does not respond immediately even when very dangerous situations, for example, if fire accident or burglary happens in the house

Causes

Progressive retinal atrophy is a genetic disease by nature and so it cannot be cured. Of course, there are some useful steps can be taken for bettering the living conditions of the affected dog.

Treatment

As stated earlier, until now there is no treatment for curing progressive retinal atrophy in dogs. Furthermore, maintaining the same house environment will ensure that the dog does not face further difficulties.

  • Place the food and water bowls in the same place where the dog used to take food and water
  • Likewise, move the furniture just a few yards away and to a position near the window. Some small gates can be fixed for safety purpose. Therefore, these steps will help to reduce the risk of fall injury to the dog.

3. Hypothyroidism

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Symptoms

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Head shaking
  • Avoiding exercises
  • Dryness in the skin
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of Hair
  • High sensitivity to cold
  • Anaemia
  • Bradycardia (slow heartbeat)
  • Ear infection
  • Nail infection
  • Seizures

Causes

  • Autoimmune thyroiditis, which is a disease that affects the body’s immune system
  • Problems in the Adrenal gland
  • The side effects of medications like steroids
  • Cancer of the thyroid gland
  • Atrophy of the thyroid gland
  • Avoiding exercises

Treatment

L-thyroxine is a synthetic hormone which is usually not able to be given to dogs with hypothyroidism. Doctors recommend thyroid glandular and cofactors like iodine and thyroxine to enable the stable production of thyroid hormone.

The medications are oral drugs, used for treating dogs with hypothyroidism and prescribed for daily intake.

4. Von Willebrand Disease

Symptoms

  • Excessive bleeding after toenail clipping
  • Enlargement of the scrotum (bruising)
  • Bleeding in the intestine
  • Bleeding in the joints
  • Blood in the urine and stools
  • Arthritis

Causes

Von Willebrand is an inherited disease where mutations in the genes cause problems in the production of Von Willebrand factor, its release and stability

Treatment

Certainly, based on the stage of the disease, appropriate treatment will be provided.

In case of severe bleeding, infusion of blood will be required because there is no vitamin, drug or hormone to stimulate the production of VWF.

However, for moderate bleeding or injuries, methods to follow for controlling the bleeding includes: bandages, sutures and wound ointments.

In addition, you must not give drugs like aspirin, heparin and sulfa-based antibiotics that interact with or disturb the blood clotting activity.

5. Immune System Disorders That Affect The Skin

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Symptoms

  • The appearance of small or big blisters on various organs of the body like say eyelids, mouth, nose and lips
  • Reddishness and scaly lines on the nose that causes painful ulcers
  • Erratic fever that does not respond to antibiotic treatment
  • Abnormal blood flow
  • Various kinds of disabilities
  • Big itchy ulcers arise prior to or after the formation of blisters
  • Symmetrical contact dermatitis
  • Lack of skin pigmentation around the nose and other areas like eyes, ears, lips and genitals

Causes

  • Genetic problems – If the parent dog is suffering from autoimmune skin disease, then its child is naturally at a high risk of getting the disease
  • Infections
  • UV (ultraviolet rays) exposure to the sun’s rays

Treatment

The veterinarian will treat a dog with skin disorders that happen due to a poor immune system based on the level of complication. Suppose, the vet feels that medications to control skin breakout is sufficient, prednisone is the most prescribed drug.

If the Akita puppy is found to suffer the greater degree of complications, the vet will advise stronger drugs such as chlorambucil and azathioprine.

These drugs will avoid the abnormal functioning of the immune system and heals the skin.

Likewise, a veterinarian will apply antibiotics either orally or via injection or medicated dips when there is a bacterial infection that causes skin disease.

Therefore, owners of affected dogs should visit the vet regularly to ensure that the treatment procedure undertaken is working properly.

The immune system suppressant therapy may even result in the development of secondary infections.

Akita Puppy Prices

The price of an Akita dog in the USA market can be in the range of $750 to $2000. Also, a dog’s price is determined by its age, health, parents, the location of purchase and purchase purpose (show or pet).

Do not purchase a puppy that is below this price range since it is an indicator that it is a substandard breed. In the UK market, an Akita dog can be bought at a price of £150 and it can go up to £2000.

The same price determining factors as stated above for the USA market regarding a dog purchase will apply here. Some experienced breeders having superior quality dogs can fix a higher price beyond the mentioned range.

Akita Puppy Names

Male DogsFemale Dogs
BrinkAngel
BuddyCinder
JettDuchess
CodyEcho
KaitoKatie
MurphyLuna
OkamiMercy
SamuraiRain
SparkySora
TomyShiki
ToshyYuzuki
YuudaiYasu

Interesting Facts Of Akita Puppy

  • In fact, in Japan, there is an exclusive museum for Akita dogs
  • Akita dogs are viewed in Japan as the country’s treasure
  • Akita puppy is sold at an exorbitant price in its native homeland, Japan
  • In Japan. new-born children are given a small Akita doll, to bestow a long and prosperous life to the children
  • Akita puppy is also called as a snow country dog in Japan
  • Akita dog is still used in dog fighting sport in Japan, majorly in the rural areas and towns. However, some major cities have banned this sport
  • Insurance companies prefer to stay away from ensuring an Akita puppy because of its aggressive and notorious nature.
  • However, these companies could charge very high rates from the respective owners of this dog.
  • During World War II, the Akita puppies were on the verge (edge) of extinction as owners could not feed and care for them.

Akita Breeders

Akita Puppy Breeders in the USA

  • Kaiju Kennels
    Address: 2785 Pacific Coast Highway Suite E #114
    Torrance, CA 90505
    Tel: 1-661-KAIJUSO (1-661-524-5876)
    E-mail: info@kaijukennels.com
  • Xtreme Akitas
    Address: Newark, Delaware
    Tel.: 302-377-5394
    E-mail: Xtremeakitas@gmail.com
  • Arctic Akitas
    Address: Fairbanks, AK 99901
    Tel.: 907-978-3158
    E-mail:  akitainulady@gmail.com

Akita Puppy Breeders in the UK

  • Whitewreath Kennels
    Address: Doncaster, South Yorkshire
    Tel. Nos: 01302 247 647, 07523 488795
  • Kumatomo Akitas
    Address: Keighley, West Yorkshire BD20 5PH
    Tel.: 01535 662648
    Email Id: mary@kumatomo.com
  • Overhill Kennels & Exports
    Address: Norton Malreward, Pensford, Avon, Bristol BS39 4EY
    Tel.: +44 1275 832489
    E-mail id: k9meg@overhill.co.uk