Akita Temperament

17
Showing 1 of 1

Akita Temperament

Remember, it is incredibly important to understand your dog breed in order to keep him or her healthy and happy. Choose the characteristics you want on our Dog Breed Selector to find the right dog that meet your needs!

Akita temperament

Akita Overview

The Akita Temperament is known for being courageous, alert. Docile, dignified, responsive, and friendly.

Visit our Akita page to learn more about the breed and its characteristics!

The Akita is a dog that was bred to guard the Japanese royalty. This is why the Akita temperament is that of an excellent watchdog. They are strong dogs that look imposing to all strangers. This can deter anyone who might have ill intentions.

Are Akitas Good Family Dogs?

Despite their guard dog looks, Akitas are really loving and affectionate towards their families. The Akita Temperament makes them a perfect family dog because they are very protective of their family. They are not the best watchdogs; that being said, they are amazing guard dogs. They are not very loud but they are strong dogs. You will not find them barking away at all times of the day.

They are very dominant in nature and need to be trained well from early childhood to be able to interact with strangers, other dogs, and other animals in general. Unless they are VERY WELL TRAINED, the Akita temperament is such that they do not interact well with other dogs, especially the male ones. You will need to be a very experienced trainer to be able to secure such a relationship between your Akita and other dogs. This makes them not the ideal pet for first time dog owners. That being said, all dogs are VERY different from one another and really anything is possible.

Happy Akita

Are Akitas Easy to Train?

The Akita temperament is dominant and this makes these dogs a little more challenging to train. Owners need to have a strong will and extremely consistent rules while training them. They also cannot be timid. Owners need to be confident while training this breed. They need to be dominant over the dog while the dog is trying to push them around. They also need to prove themselves as an acceptable leader of the pack before their Akita takes their commands seriously. Akitas are very complex dogs with a mind of their own.

The Akita temperament is such that they do not need the same amount of physical activity as other dogs of comparable sizes. They should be fine as long as they are taking a couple of brisk walks a day. Akitas should be allowed to run a couple of times per week on their own, in open spaces. It is usually idea to take them to a fenced-in private yard. They are not always welcoming to the companionship of other dogs and so I would be a hesitant about taking them to a dog park unless they are very well trained. In fact, some dog parks will ban Akitas from visiting them because of their dominant temperament. Many insurance companies list Akitas as banned dogs that are not covered.

pretty Akita

Inside the Mind of an Akita

Akitas can be quite aggressive towards other dogs in their community. They are complicated because they do not give many “signs” of anger or anxiety before they attack. They might be playing with other dogs for a minute and the next thing you know they might attack the same dog because something about them pushed their buttons too hard. All this being said, it is important to also make the Akita the only pet in the household because the Akita temperament can be violent and they can get aggressive easily. Sometimes, they can also get aggressive over food. This means children need to be taught never to approach an Akita while he or she is eating or even chewing a bone.

Their non-barking quality can sometimes be thought of as a deadly silence. It makes their temperament more complicated but also is a quality that people who don’t like loud noises appreciate!

Akita puppy

In conclusion, we would like to add that all this information about the Akita temperament is generalized. Please do understand that they can be different. I am sure some of you have come across Akitas that are friendly towards other dogs and get along very well with children while eating! Please do share such stories with us!

Showing 1 of 1

17 Comments

  1. Im a first time Akita owner. I have a female Akita( 1 year 1/2) and a Male Akita ( 16 months old). I use to take my female to the dog park when she was much younger and she got along with all the dogs. However, when she turned a year old that all slowly started to change. The female dogs she use to play with peacefully she would now become aggressive toward. Although she never drew blood it was scary and I eventually had to stop taking her to the dog park because I did not want her to get hurt or hurt another dog. I have read that when Akita’s reach sexual maturity their temperment often changes and they no longer tolerate other dogs especailly those of the same sex. Both my Akitas like people and are not food aggressive at all. I adopted my male Akita when he was 7 months old and he gets along with all dogs. He is the submissive one out of the two and they get along great. Akita’s are great loving loyal dogs that love the company of their families. They are a powerful, beautiful and stubborn breed that will challenge you so if you have thoughts of getting an Akita please read as much info as possible on this breed.

    • I am also the first time owner of an Akita. Mine is a female. She is now four months old. At this point she is quite destructive with chewing things, and nipping at me. I train her everyday, and she is so stubborn that she won’t do what I want her to. She can do it, and knows what I’m saying because sometimes she listens to the commands. My question is does the chewing and nipping stop? She loves to pull at my clothes and thinks of my hands as chew toys. She seems to love everyone that comes around, and really isn’t around other dogs much, I have cats, and she loves chasing and pouncing on them. Any suggestions?

      • Hello, I understand your frustration as Akitas are quite mouthy and, when teething, they test their new set on anything (my Akita even used to climb the walls and chew the picture frames). First, your puppy is new to this too. Teething is a phase that will pass more easily with a consistent supply of attractive chew toys around your house. Secondly, they will also help her gage her brawn and control it better as she does not recognize her strength yet. Let her know, NOW, that it is not okay to put her mouth around your hands, even when she is happy and excited. Say no quickly, pretend it hurt, and ALWAYS replace your hand with a toy. Get her to understand that if she wants your positive attention, she should carry a toy.

        Judging from your question, I am assuming that you did not adopt your Akita from a registered breeder so here are a few other things to keep in mind: Akitas go through a few phases, similar to ‘adolescents’. These behaviours of nipping and testing your authority will probably happen again around 9 months and even 1 and 1/2 years. To this degree, raising an Akita takes a specific type of personality. It takes patients, consistency and parental intuitive and guidance. You have to love your Akita enough to earn her respect (and obedience) without reducing to intimidation, domination or violence.

        Here are some tips:
        – Since she is your first, have her sterilized at 6 months or before sexual maturity. She will be less attacked by other dogs, less aggressive and less likely to challenge you. She will also be less likely stolen for commercial breeding and you do not want her offspring in puppy mills (No bombast intended here; this issue is very real).
        – Take a sample bag of dog food with you and try to distract her with “treats” while you walk down busy city streets. Get her used to sirens, buses, skateboards, school parks, screaming children, and other dogs. Make it a game with more challenges as you improve. Some people will stare at you funny because you are so engaged and talkative with your dog but it is worth it. The more socialization the better and the less bored (and destructive) she will be at home.
        -When teaching her to heal, stop walking EVERY TIME she extends the length of the leash and then pulls. You will not move forward until she comes back to you. When she comes back, give her treats and as she walks next to you. Make walks based on duration rather than distance.
        – When you pass by other dogs, distract her with treats as much as possible. Over time she will probably become more intrigued with the dog than the treat but the encounter will be positively reinforced.
        – NEVER use the “treat” command verbally without giving the treat. You will lose her confidence and she will no longer obey you.
        – Remember consistency and honesty is key.

        Good luck.

        • I did get my akita from a good breeder. She’s now almost 6 months old and is starting to listen better, and although she is still using me somewhat as her favorite chew toy, it is slowing down. Her teeth are pretty much in or at least through, and the nipping doesn’t hurt as bad on the hands. the razor teeth are gone! I just had her spayed, so hopefully will start to see some changes. She’s actually turning into a nice dog. Some of the roughness is probably my fault. We have a bonding time every morning on the floor, we play, and she gets brushed. I don’t play hard with her, but she gets pretty excited. When she starts getting too rough, then I tell her no and get up. I live on a large farm, but I can’t let her run free, she chases the cows and calves, and when she sees something she is interested in, doesn’t listen to me when I call her back. therefore she is on a long run in the yard with plenty of room, downside to all of that is she likes to dig holes……As a first time Akita owner I’m learning everyday about this breed. She is just very strong willed and likes to challenge me about something every day. I think she is starting to figure out that I am the Alpha here, so we’re molding into a nice relationship……I am always open to any helpful tips……

          • Don’t allow dog to bite or nip at you. I taught mine to stop by holding top jaw wth my thumb on the roof of her mouth telling no every time. Again you can’t be afraid you need to let her know you are the alpha of the house. It takes time with cats. Still have issues every once in a while.

  2. I too am a first time Akita owner, though have had many dogs previously. It took my husband and I 12 years to get our Akita and it is so true that this bred is unlike any other. Strong physically, mentally and strong willed! Our boy is now a year and 2 months, and is a wonderful companion. He went to obedience classes at 4 months and I can not say how much good I think came of this. He was socialized with other dogs of the same age, and has lived with our other dog, a 12 1/2 year old Bullmastiff Akita mix that has been a wonderful teacher as well. My Akita also loves to chew, and as a young puppy would chew anything and everything including us. (This can be a dangerous thing if not corrected as we once caught our boy trying to chew the main electrical line coming into our home!) My hands looked awful. This is partly what brought us to the obedience class decision. I am proud to say with much hard work and stubbornness on our own part, he has out grown wanting to chew everything he sees, and now only chews on his toys! He is good around other dogs, but not cats or squirrels or rabbits, he thinks of them as prey, though small breed dogs are fine! I don’t know how he differentiates them but he does?
    Our Akita is not aggressive with food or treats as per our class teacher we all fed and took away his bowl and treats at any given time and including our 9 year old daughter, so that has never been an issue. At 40 years old ands a lifetime full of having dogs of all breeds as pets, I can confidently say this is my favorite breed. Loyal, loving and beautiful.
    As stated previously please do you homework on this breed though, if you have never owned or trained a dog before, the Akita may not be the best breed for first timers. But they are truly worth the growing pains you experience with them.

  3. I totally disagree, an Akita attacked me because I had given it some peanuts and I was eating them as well. He attacked my face, terribly and was disfigured. They arent domestic animals and think I would be dead if the owner hadnt pulled off the verocious attack. I love dogs, but you have to be careful, please!

    • The dog didnt attack you because of the breed. Your ignorant to even say that. Every dog is an individual and their personalities are shaped by life experiences just like people. You saying that akitas are dangerous because one bit you is like saying that someone is a terrorist because they are muslim or that someone is going to seal your car just because they are black. Its racism plain and simple.

    • David Richards on

      Hello Dre, These generalizations do nothing to communicate the true issue. The owner is responsible for their pets behavior. My Akita is a well trained/ socialized animal. A fantastic family member that has never came close to to hurting anyone for any reason. A dog is what you make it, just like children. I understand that you have been attacked, and your singular experience was not pleasant, but I wish you had met a kinder better trained dog. I have Labs attack, Scottish terriers attack.. lets get beyond blaming the breed. My one year old can pull my Akita way from her food dish and remove toys or treats from her mouth. I am sorry, but when you make blanket statements about a breed it says more about you, than it does about the breed.

  4. David Richards on

    Hello All,

    I have observed allot of interesting behaviors from our Akita. Her name is Kona and she is 6 years old. She is a fantastic family dog, she is gentle with children (all children) and she does quite well with other dogs, with exception of some other dominant females. She is protective of the kids when we go out on walks, and watches them very closely when we are out at the park. We put her through puppy classes, 1st and 2nd grade obedience classes and we made it 1/2 way through agility training… she was far to stubborn to follow that course.

    We “mouth trained” her, that is my name for it anyway… what I mean by “mouth training” is that we trained her while teething that she cannot put her mouth on us or any one else… period. We trained with treats and much verbal and physical praise. she was taught to understand that her mouth/feet/tail/ears are public domain and any family member of person in our home can touch them. I am very proud of her, and when people make blanket statements about a breed, I am offended. All pets need to be trained well to have a beneficial relationship with their families. I have seen other dogs attack, common breeds, and some of these “dangerous” breeds are the most well trained and kind creatures. Please, in the future,… please refrain from make generalizations such as Dre and some others here. As I have always said, the person makes the dog what they are. Consider this when you place blame.

    • Hi Richard

      I have a 22 month old Akita called Kai. We bought him as a 3 month pup. He was the smallest of the litter but appeared the least timid as he came straight to me and the others seemed nervous. He is now a gorgeous strong boy of approx 46kg and is loving, respectful and his best friends are Pixie and Biscuit the cats. He has no problems with other dogs unless they are aggressive towards him first. His best doggie friends are a minature Yorkie and a tiny pug. It has been labradors that have gone for him on 3 accaiasions, all different. Kai is never let off the lead, but has a 15 meter lead attached at all times, so he can run in the fields. He sits at every road crossing without being told . He is better than the German Shepards I have had before. He has a unique character.
      I am extremely proud of him, especially as we nearly lost him 2 weeks after we bought him due to a telescopicaly invertered bowel and the vet was fantastic even though he only had a s small percentage of pulling through after removing about 9 ” of his bowel.
      I love him to bits, he is fantastic.

  5. I am a first time owner of a 4year old Akita. We adopted him from a foster program.

    He is very very quiet and sweet. He doesn’t pay too much attention to new comers in our home unless he immediately doesn’t like them. But if I tell him no. He will calm down immediately and go about his business.
    He is not a playful dog at all. He prefers to sit and watch what is going on around him. He is really good with children, he is especially attentive to my daughter. He will follow her around and just watch her. She can pet him and talk to him and he just sits there. If she screams he will come running to wherever she is to make sure she is okay.
    He doesn’t like for me or my daughter to be outside the gate without him. He will cry until we come back inside. So I think the comment about them being a guard dog is a good assessment.
    We are so in love with our dog that we are looking for another dog to train and be a companion to our current dog.

  6. I have owned and bred Akitas for years, chows before that (another so called aggressive breed). Your article is well written. Every Akita I have ever owned has been different and I follow my puppies. I will make some comments. “Silent but deadly” is very accurate. These dogs have their own definition of personal space and it is unique to each. Like people, they have their moods and trust me, they pick up on yours. If their “person” is in a “bad mood” someone is responsible and they are far more irritable/aggressive when you are “broadcasting.” # 2. socialization is key…isolated dogs of ANY breed have issues. #3. I “living room” or home raise my puppies. They sleep in same room and are fed till they are full. That means food still of platter and they craw away with fat little tummies to sleep. Less food aggression and less issues with runts being aggressive, especially over food. #4. CHEW TOYS, all puppies need crew toys or people and furniture, shoes, socks, kids toys are all at risk. #5. NEVER FEED ANY DOG THAT IS NOT YOUR OWN. I DON’T CARE HOW WELL YOU THINK YOU KNOW IT. More well meaning people get bit this way. Give the food to the owner to feed the dog. It is a trust issue and YOU are not part of their pack.

Leave A Reply