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