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Akita Inu are renowned as loyal dogs and are also intelligent. The loyalty of an Akita named Hachiko
established the breed as truly loyal to their owners. The famous Akita Hachiko spent nine years waiting
daily at the Shibuya railway station for his deceased master to return home. Hachiko's popularity brought
back the Akita from the brink of extinction.

Because of their intelligence, Akitas get bored very easily and as a result, they often become destructive
and aggressive if not given anything to do. Akita Inu can live happily in apartments as long as they are
given plenty of exercise. They need to be socialized as puppies so they are friendly dogs and should have
experienced owners. Although they love human companionship, they are quite happy to be outside dogs
as well, but should still be taken out for walks to prevent destruction of the yard. Akita Inu often become
excitable when seeing their owners, often wiggling around and making happy grunts.

Akita Inu are very good with youngsters from their own family, and often quite playful, although they should
be watched around other people's children as they could knock them over during play.

The Akita Inu have a reputation for sometimes being aggressive towards smaller animals or other dogs,
particularly those of the same sex. However they can live happily with other dogs and animals providing
they are socialized well. They are excellent guard dogs and naturally protective of their home and family.
The Akita Inu has a reputation for being an excellent house dog. They make great family dogs with the
right training and socialization.
AKITA
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Recognized as a "Natural Monument" in Japan and hailed in America and
England as a dignified and courageous guard dog and companion, the Akita has
fascinate man for thousands of years. The largest of the Japanese spitz breeds,
the Akita is a strong-minded, strong-bodied canine with a naturally dominate air
and an aloofness that is all his own. For the right owner and family, the Akita
offers rewards beyond expectations, as he enlightens, entertains and protects
the humans he so devotedly adores.

Written by the top two Akita experts in the Western world, Barbara "BJ" Andrews
of the O’BJ kennels in North Carolina and Meg Purnell-Carpenter of the Overhill
Kennels in Bristol, England, this book offers Akita owners decades of experience
in the breed that cannot be matched. Both Mrs. Andrews and Mrs. Carpenter
have bred, raised and shown champions and are counted among the most
respected professionals in the international dog fancy.

This book provides fascinating information about the breed’s origins in Japan, its
importation to the US and UK, the breed’s character and standard, as well as
puppy selection, feeding, obedience training and housebreaking and health
care. In addition to an authoritative, comprehensive text, this book presents over
135 photographs in full color, which prove to be as informative as they are
attractive.
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