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Akita breed profile

Training and intelligence
The Akita is a working dog breed, so it is intelligent with a capacity to work. It grows fast and your cute little puppy will soon be a large heavy dog, so start training as early as possible. It is essential to at least cover basic training - Akitas are large and determined.

Temperament
The Akita is affectionate, brave and protective of its people. It needs to spend a lot of time with its family to bond with them, and know it is one of the pack so that it does not guard inappropriately. It has a reputation for loyalty.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
Akitas are very protective over their people, and are aggressive towards other dogs, so it is essential to socialise them, and have them under control.

Grooming and shedding
Akitas shed heavily at times, but regular brushing will help reduce this. Get them used to being groomed as early as possible.

Exercise
Akitas do not require excessive amounts of exercise, they do like to be active though.

Need for company
Akitas love company and really need to be indoor dogs that spend time with their families. They bond closely with their people and will not be happy if left alone too long.

General
Akitas are very large dogs with very strong guarding instncts - you must be a confident and experienced trainer to get the best from them.

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