Akita Shepherds are a large and powerful breed of designer dog. As you might expect from its name, an Akita Shepherd is a cross between two dog breeds: the Akita Inu and the German Shepherd. German Shepherd Akitas is another name for them. You won’t find a better guard dog than the Akita Shepherd if you want a dog that will treat their responsibilities with the weight and gravitas they deserve.

They are loyal, impartial, incredibly smart, and protective pets who take after both parents. They are well-known for being excellent partners for energetic people and families who have a wonderful personalities.

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Body Characteristics

  • There are no breed standards for Akita Shepherds, and there aren’t many trustworthy, dedicated breeders.
  • As a result, many of the breed’s kinks have yet to be ironed out.
  • The size of the dog is one of the ways this manifests itself.
  • Adult females grow to be between 22 and 24 inches tall (55-60 cm) and weigh around 60 to 80 lbs (27-36 kg), while males grow to be between 23 and 25 inches tall (58-64 cm) and weigh between 65 and 85 lbs (27-36 kg) (29-39 kg).
  • Akita Shepherd mixes have a wide range of coat colors, but the most common are black, tan, sable, brindle, golden, brown, white, speckled, and spotted.

Behavior

These dogs thrive in homes with plenty of space and, ideally, a garden or backyard to run around in. They can, however, live in a reasonably sized apartment if you have the time to take them outside for a few hours each day to play and roam. They require enough space to play as well as a large sleeping area.

You can get a large dog crate if you don’t want to share your bed with a dog. They are naturally protective dogs and may become aggressive if they perceive anything or anyone as a threat to their owner, but with proper training, they can learn not to attack.

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Akita Shepherds can be stubborn or headstrong at times, and they will every once in a while test their owner’s boundaries, so they will need a firm but not overly aggressive owner. To assert your dominance, you must act strong and take the lead; otherwise, your Akita Shepherd may develop a supremacy problem and become difficult to control.

In homes with small children, their mix of stoicism and silliness comes in handy. They’ll risk their lives to protect your children, but they can also be loving and caring playmates. Their hushed demeanor is particularly concerning in this regard. Despite not being specifically bred as hunting dogs, they excel at stalking and chasing down prey.

Training

Their natural protectiveness can get out of hand without proper training and socialization, resulting in difficulty with aggression toward people or other animals. Because these puppies are as smart as whips and keen to learn, training them is relatively painless. They don’t get bored with training, either, so you can keep drilling them over and over while knowing they’re having a good time.

These dogs are intelligent enough that you can assign them complex tasks if you want. They make excellent herding dogs, and being a watchdog is a natural fit for them. Don’t be afraid to push them because they enjoy a good challenge.

They are natural competitors due to their eagerness to follow instructions, and they excel at agility trials and other sporting events.

Caring

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Akita Shepherds are descended from two very active dog breeds, and as a result, they are very active. To keep them happy, healthy, and mentally stimulated, Akita Shepherds require a lot of exercises. You should play with them for at least twenty minutes every day.

This is one breed that will never be considered hypoallergenic if you are allergic to dogs. These dogs shed a lot on a daily basis and blow their coats once or twice a year. This isn’t the breed for you if you don’t like being covered in dog hair.

Brushing them will help to reduce the amount of shedding. They only need to be bathed when they’re visibly dirty and other than daily teeth brushing and weekly ear cleaning, they don’t require much grooming.

Health

Akita Shepherds are a generally healthy breed, but they have a proclivity to inherit a variety of health issues from their parents. They can live for 10-14 years they can have hip dysplasia, bloat, a congenital heart defect, degenerative myelopathy, Von Willebrand’s disease, or autoimmune thyroiditis.

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