Do you know this breed of dog? The American Akita breed, of Japanese origin, has some admirable characteristics, with its loyalty standing out above the rest. This makes it especially surprising to see the regular inclusion of this breed on so-called potentially dangerous dog lists.
But are Akita dogs dangerous? Next we will try to learn more about this topic and the character of the American Akita.
Why are American Akita dogs considered dangerous?
Like Pit Bull dogs, the American Akita has a scissor-shaped jaw. This means that its bite is very powerful and its jaw cannot be opened until the dog decides to release it.
Another reason the American Akita is on the lists of potentially dangerous dogs is their physique. A male American Akita can weigh up to 65 kg and be up to 67 centimeters tall. The Akita is a natural hunter, and this can lead to dangerous situations when it has not been properly socialized with other animals.
Is the American Akita an aggressive dog?
With the little information given so far, there is no doubt that any attack made by an American Akita is dangerous, mainly because of the large size of this dog. The next question to answer is: are American Akita dogs prone to attack humans?
No, they do not do it. American Akita dogs are prone to bravely defend the life of their human family, sometimes risking their own life in doing so. Far from being dangerous, this dog is extraordinarily loyal and courageous.
With regard to his hunting instinct and territorial personality, these factors can be adequately controlled by proper dog training and good socialization. Still, castration is recommended for males.
Regarding its body weight, it is completely absurd to think that the larger the dog, the greater inherent risk the breed represents; this is not the case at all. There are really heavy labradors and retrievers and no one considers them dangerous.
Obviously, they have a personality that is very different from that of the American Akita, but this does not mean that the Akita has a dangerous or inappropriate character. In fact, as discussed below, any dog lover is sure to fall in love with the personality of this breed.
What is the American Akita’s temperament like?
So what is the character and temperament of this majestic Japanese dog like? Akitas are considered exceptional watchdogs in their region of origin. This breed is also seen as a symbol of prestige, strength and loyalty, and also as a symbol of good luck.
In ancient times, it was said that a samurai warrior would reincarnate into an Akita dog in his next life if he died without honor. In doing so, he could redeem himself by dying with honor and loyalty for his owner.
The American Akita is a very confident dog that instinctively protects its territory, food, and human family. In addition, this dog is very friendly with people as long as he does not feel threatened, and is playful, affectionate and loyal to his owners.
It is a calm, peaceful and patient breed, which means that it remains indifferent to various external stimuli when they do not pose a real danger. When they have a home, the American Akita is a very happy dog who enjoys being involved in the daily routine of his human family.
Don’t turn your American Akita into a dangerous dog
Let’s recap Is the Akita Inu a dangerous dog? No.
Can the American Akita be a dangerous dog? Yes, it can be very dangerous, but this does not depend on the dog. It is up to you, the socialization tools you teach him, and his training.
The American Akita is a breed very loved by all dog lovers, since they tend to make their owners feel a lot of protection. However, regardless of how this spectacular dog makes you feel, it doesn’t mean you should shirk the responsibility of caring for him. Before getting an American Akita, ask yourself these questions sincerely:
- Can I physically control a dog that can weigh more than 60 kg?
- Can I give my dog daily physical exercise?
- Am I willing to do proper training and socialization and do I have time to supervise this process?
- Am I strong enough to be considered the leader of the pack and to discipline my dog
- Do I have enough time to give my dog all the love and affection he will need to maintain the proper balance?
If in doubt, this is not the dog for you and adoption will not be in the best interest of either party.