The Akita Shepherd is known as the Shepkita is a mix of the German shepherd and an Akita Inu. It is a giant breed originated in the 1800s and bred as a sheepherder. The Germans were the first to notice the dog’s intelligence and then employed it as a courier dog for the German military and used in both World War I and World War II. This hybrid has been bred in the mid-1900s in geographical areas similar to its parent breeds. As they are a crossbreed, the Akita Shepherd does not belong officially to any breed category.
|Facts About Akita Shepherd|
|Breed Type||Guard dog, working dog|
|Country of Origin||The United States of America|
|Other Names||Shepkita, German Shepherd akita mix, Akita|
|Size and height||26-28 inches|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DRA, IDCR|
|Colour||Black, Black and Tan, Merle, Sable, Brindle, Brown, Golden, White, Light Brown. Also maybe Speckled, or Spotted|
|Life Expectancy||10-13 years|
|Coat||Soft, medium, dense, rough|
Temperament and personality
They are large and courageous making them apt to be used as personal protection dogs. These are also physically very powerful with a stout figure and muscular features. Akita shepherds belong to the intelligent category and are very serious and brave. But they can be very affectionate and loyal at the same time. Remaining quiet and calm but always alert, they always are ready to defend their homes and family. If well trained, they can be very obedient, but in cases, they have their aggressive sides. They can also be very energetic and playful while being very good with strangers, children or other animals too.
The Akita Shepherd is full of work ethic and enjoys any task given to them. They can easily spend an hour or more exercising in a cold climate. These dogs are known to be very eager to follow their masters on runs, hikes or other expeditions. They are very much adventurous, so they are best suitable for rural or suburban areas where they can get more exposure because of the vast expanses of land for running and exploring. Even indoor games can stimulate their minds. They enjoy tugs of war, tusking or playing with a Frisbee. At least 20 minutes of playtime must be ensured to them.
Grooming is required every week to keep it in the perfect condition and you can use a grooming brush. One should keep in mind that these dogs shed heavily during particular seasons, so grooming is essential. You need to brush daily to minimise the hairs settled anywhere in the house during shedding time. Other grooming necessities include trimming of the nails but make sure not to cut them too low. Ears need to be checked and cleaned once in a week with a damp cloth so that infections can be prevented easily. Additionally, bathing should be given when needed (twice a year), or else it may strip off the oil on the coat. Lastly, strictly avoid shaving or trimming the coat frequently.
There are some health issues which includes thyroid problems, cancer, lupus, luxating patella, skin problems and other autoimmune disorders. Some of these health concerns may be serious. Possible health conditions may be hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia inherited from the parent Akita. Dry eyes may also occur if they keep opening their eyes while sleeping. Some of these may be allergic to corn. Other health issues that the Akita might inherit from the ancestors are epilepsy, elbow dysplasia, spleen tumors, blood disorders, chronic eczema conditions and even keratitis.
The moment an Akita shepherd is brought to the home, training should be started. They are best responsive to positive training and are not stubborn. They need training from day one for the best results, while the master needs to own the trust of the pet through proper positive training methods. Also, they are brilliant and if the Akita Shepherd carries more of the German shepherd genes, then they are easier to train and learn quickly. But at times they can be stubborn and the trainer must act strong and lead. Although not hard to train, one has to build dominance and remaining calm, firm and consistent with the training.
In yesteryears, these dogs were fed with rice, sea plants and fish. But nowadays, many supplements can be given to them along with a perfectly balanced diet with all the essential nutrients. For the first four months, puppy food should be fed to them and in case you are feeding them with homemade foods, you should use fresh ingredients for preparing the food. Avoid using preservatives in their food. The best source of protein for Akita dogs is meat, undoubtedly. Also, vegetables must be included to supply adequate vitamins and minerals. You may use quality dry food for them which act as the primary element of their diet and complete the nutrition in their body. An adult Akita requires 5-6 cups of quality dry food that may be divided into two meals a day.