Shepkita, German Shepherd akita mix, Akita
26-28 inches & 75-120 pounds
Black, Black and Tan, Merle, Sable, Brindle, Brown, Golden, White, Light Brown, & Light Brown. Also maybe Speckled, or Spotted
Soft, medium, dense, rough
United States of America,[North America]
We had an Akita Shepherd in my family, named Oscar. We got him in 2004, and sadly we had to put him down in 2019. ï¿½yep, thatï¿½s 15 years! He looked almost exactly like a GSD. Funny enough, he had the Akita mask, but it was tan instead of black. Oscar was a very intelligent and social dog, sometimes overly so. We didnï¿½t have any problems with aggression whatsoever, but we DID have problems with him jumping that only got resolved when he slowed down in his sunset years. Oscar was quite gentle. He was really good with people, as well as other animals such as our cats, and our chickens too. In fact, we often had to remove the squeakers from his toys ï¿½ when he made them squeak, he thought he had hurt it and he would stop playing with his toy. Poor guy! TRAINING IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT WITH AKITA SHEPHERDS! I cannot stress this enough! Akita Shepherds are strong dogs. They may inherit a GSDï¿½s strong jaw and bite, or the Akitaï¿½s much more protective mindset. The reason why Osc
The third dog I owned was an Akita/Shepherd cross. She was exuberantly happy with her people and guarded us without being taught. She was wary of strangers and if she didnï¿½t like them, that person would not get close to me. Theyï¿½d have to go through her first, and no one ever tried. My daughter, who was around 9 at the time, took Sugar with her to the store. The dog stuck with her, even if she wasnï¿½t holding the leash (not approved by mom, by the way). Some kids came at my daughter in a threatening manner, holding bottles and rocks. The dog got between my daughter and the other kids and growled fiercely. My daughter said, ï¿½All her hair stood up! Her entire back and up the neck!ï¿½ The kids got scared and said, ï¿½You better control your dog!ï¿½ My daughter, being the redhead she is, said ï¿½No!ï¿½ The kids beat a hasty retreat. This dog refused to take food from strangers. Not doggy treats in the pet store, and not even hotdogs or meat. Sheï¿½d stare at them and not move.
We had an Akita Sheppard mix (King)he lived till 14, died this past summer. We got him three years before my first child. Everyone said not to have him with children. He turned out to be the most loving affectionate dog with my three girls. He would follow them everywhere. Sit in the yard with them if they were playing with toys he would just lay their with them. My oldest would lay on him while doing home work. When they were babies they would crawl all over him. He never once ate any of their things. Never touched their toys of stuffies. Each time i was pregnant he would not leave my side and his head was always on my stomach. I donï¿½t think i will ever find another dog like him. Never once jumped on them. I canï¿½t explain how amazing he was with kids.
I have a 4 month old Akita Shepherd female, Yuki. She is incredibly responsive to the clicker training and positive reinforcement style of training that sheï¿½s received over the last ) weeks. Sheï¿½s intelligent beyond belief. Absolutely the easiest puppy puppy Iï¿½ve ever had.
That is an amazing experience you have shared. Dogs are certainly one of those god gifts that not only become one of our best friends but are amongst the most caring creatures we ever come across.