Following are questions which are frequently asked about Akitas: 

DO THEY SHED? 


Oh,yes, Akitas DO shed, about twice per year, usually in the late winter and again in the late summer. This "blowing" of coat will last four to six weeks and can be noticed by the soft undercoat beginning to fall out in clumps. Daily grooming is recommended at this time to keep the Akita looking neat and  presentable. Special grooming "rakes" are available to help  pull out the dead coat. Toward the end of the shedding period, a warm bath will help to remove the loose fur and  hasten the shedding process. The areas of your home where your Akita spends time will also need daily vacuuming or  sweeping during this time! 

An Akita who has left his coat behind!

DO THEY GET ALONG WITH OTHER ANIMALS? 


Akitas do have a tendency to be dominant over, and sometimes aggressive towards other animals. If challenged by an aggressive dog, an Akita will usually respond in a similar fashion. Most Akitas will get along with another dog of the opposite sex, providing the second dog is more submissive in nature. In most cases, single Akitas can co-exist with cats and other animals that they have been raised with, even becoming protective over them. However, 2 or more Akitas together may be more likely to develop a "pack" attitude, and it is always wisest to confine the Akitas or the pets when close supervision cannot be provided.   Akitas also have a very strong prey instinct and they will chase or hunt birds and other animals if allowed to run loose. For this reason, unless very well trained, Akitas should never be allowed to run free, for their own safety and that of neighbourhood pets, farm animals or local wildlife. 

 

ARE THEY GOOD WITH CHILDREN? 

 

A well-bred, properly-raised and socialized Akita should be tolerant and protective of children in its family, providing, of course, that the dog is gently treated by them. Because of their protective and dominant tendencies, however, an Akita (or ANY dog, for that matter) should

NEVER be left alone with youngsters, unsupervised, or in the care of an unfamiliar person (i.e. babysitter) while there are children about. If treated harshly or painfully by children, any dog may retaliate in the same way it would react to rough play with a littermate -- by nipping or biting. 

An Akita may be very protective of the children in its family, and may view strange children noisily playing with "his own" as a threat. In uncertain situations such as this, it is best to remove the Akita to a quiet, secure room or crate. Ensure, when purchasing an Akita, that the temperaments of the puppy's parents are stable, and that the breeder's own priority is sound temperament. Following up with lots of socialization and supervised exposure to children throughout its puppyhood will help to ensure your Akita develops a correct, stable temperament.