6th November 2007, 10:48 PM
Great pictures! but im in trouble now.... my fiance has always wanted an akita amd now he is convinced we should have one to go with our two girls.
They're stunning dogs but a little on the large side for me!
7th November 2007, 12:19 AM
Go on Gem let him get one!!!! My girlfriend, Ciara, thought the same about the akita (too large, strong, independent etc) before we got Loki. We also worried that he wouldnt get on with Eddie and Lola because akita's have a strong prey instinct and this can be problematic if they arent socialised properly. Luckily, my 3 adore eachother and Loki is an amazing dog and companion! He is well socialised with other dogs, and when raised with them (and cats) from puppyhood he'll treat them like his family and never harm them! Theyre also very, very intelligent! He mastered sit, stay, paw, lie down etc within a few hours (seriously) just after we got him. The only problem with this intelligence is he can sometimes seem a bit stubborn but it's like he's too smart! He looks back at you with an expression akin to "Why don't YOU go and fetch the ball?!" Ciara walks him all the time and has no trouble with him on the lead and he's a brilliant guard dog too so she feels very safe if I'm not home and she's just in with the dogs! They aren't a dog for everyone because of their size and strong personality but if your very consistant with their training they are an amzing dog! Check out this link for more info on them http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/akita.htm
(This is more for info on the Japanese akita (the pic is of an American Akita) but is still a very good site for all dog breeds)
I'd also recommend an American Akita over a Japanese Akita. They are quite a bit bigger but IMO have better personalities and aren't as touchy (some people might call them aggressive) as their Japanese predecessors. Sorry for going on a "pro-akita" rant (I had to really cut it short, I could go on for hours!) but I have really fallen in love with this breed and hope to get another when we move into our house in February! Everyone should have one lol
Last edited by adam53; 7th November 2007 at 12:30 AM.
Our little rascals- Eddie (tri), Lola (blen) and Loki (a not so little American Akita)