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Khatiko breed of dog - akita-inu

Akita Inu is not just a dog, but a true Japanese treasure and the favorite breed of dog lovers around the world. Thanks to the famous dog Hatiko, who showed a unique devotion, Akita Inu gained world popularity. The number of those who want to buy a puppy of this breed has increased 15 times! And till now the interest to it is not quenched. What is the secret of dogs of this breed?

Khatiko - breed of dog Akita Inu

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When there were representatives of the Akita Inu breed

If you look into history, then the Akita Inu are among the oldest breeds of dogs. Scientists, thoroughly studying the origin of numerous archaeological excavations, were able to find out that in the second millennium BC in Japan lived pets of this breed. In addition, images of dogs very similar to akita-inu are present in the drawings of the times of antiquity.

To study the origin of Akita-Inu could not be ascertained, its roots were so deeply gone. There is a theory that these animals descended from a spitz-shaped dog from China and ancient mastiffs . It is also believed that the Akita is a descendant of the Siberian husky and mastiff. But, despite the external similarities, there is nothing common with northern dogs and Akita.

Exotic in our ear name, in fact this is not. The Japanese did not fantasize much, in translation "Akita" is the name of one of the provinces in Japan, "inu" is translated like a dog.

Studies have shown that the breed in the form in which it now exists, was formed as early as the 17th century and has not yet changed. Akita Inu are unique also because they are truly purebred, and their breeding activity has not touched.

In those days the Akitou inu were not simple dogs, only the most distinguished noblemen could afford to be a pupil of this breed. In the imperial family, representatives were in a special position. But it happened not at once.
Hachiko history

Initially, thoroughbred dogs performed hunting and security functions in the homes of ordinary people, but by the 18th century the situation had changed, and the Akit significantly improved their status. At that time, a new decree appeared, according to which a person who killed or offended a representative of this breed was subjected to cruel punishment. And in a short time Akita Inu turned out to be an elite breed, inaccessible to peasants.

Naturally, this could not but affect the development and distribution of the breed. According to the Japanese love of ceremonies, caring for the pet has turned into a real ritual. Akita Inu began to correspond to the rank of their owners. Special attributes, the presence of one's own servant spoke about this. Looking at the Akita, it was possible to determine the status of its owner.

In 1927, a special Society was formed, whose activities were aimed at preserving the breed. They also monitored the cleanliness of the breed, not allowing crossbreeding with other representatives.

Of course, World War II had a significant impact on the breed, since almost all of its representatives were at the front. Then the process of breeding almost stopped. But still some pets with clean blood managed to be saved, they possessed all qualities inherent in akita-inu.

In the XIX century, representatives of other breeds began to appear on the territory of the country. The Japanese had a desire to receive on the basis of Akita with the addition of blood, Great Danes, St. Bernards, Bulldogs, dogs, possessing a more aggressive character, to use them for protection purposes. Then absolutely new breeds appeared - karafuto (Sakhalin husky) and tosa-inu (dog from the principality of Tosu).

This somewhat influenced the Akita breed. Their descendants have acquired a more dense physique and a little aggression in character.

Descriptive characteristic

Description of Akita-inu (hachiko)

Akita is a 100% Japanese dog, which is home to the northern regions of the country. Initially, she performed two functions - security and hunting. Today, the range of her duties has expanded, but most often Akita is used as a companion dog.

The height of males varies from 64 cm at the withers to 75. The minimum weight is 40 kg. Like other breeds, female akit possess much smaller dimensions.

The standard confirmed three possible colors:

  • A combination of red and white. Thus the light wool can be only on internal sides of a breast and extremities, and also to create a "mask" on a muzzle. The professional name for this muzzle coloring is "urahiro".
  • Tiger's coat on the body with a white mask on the face.
  • White Akita Inu - inclusions of other colors are not allowed.

If the Akita is decorated with a black mask on the face, then it is a representative of the American species of the breed. In the Japanese version, this is considered a marriage.

Purebred representatives have a strong, proportional physique, with a heavy bone and powerful muscles. In dogs, the lumbar belt is clearly distinguished.

The characteristic features of the external structure help distinguish pets from other dogs:

  • The head of the akita-inu is triangular in shape, slightly blunted, of medium size relative to the body. Small, slightly slanting eyes, not convex, with a dark brown iris. Ears open, erect. If compared with the size of the head, they are rather small, having the shape of a triangle with slightly rounded edges.
  • The forehead is wide, with a hollow between the eyes, which slightly comes to the forehead.
  • The tip of the nose is large, black, a slight coloration is possible only in animals with white hair.
  • The lips are black and fit tightly to the jaw.
  • The skin is not tightly attached to the body, but does not hang. Sometimes the skin forms small creases.
  • The tail with a high fit, large enough, has a swirling shape and is thrown on the back. Coat is thick, coarse, medium in length. There is a dense undercoat.
  • The feet of the Akita Inu are strong, muscular, ending in a cat's soft paws.

In general, looking at the dog of this breed, the opinion is formed that this is a harmoniously developed animal, strong and strong, and in fact it is so.

Extraordinary amazing character

The character of Akita Inu (hachiko)

In the photo, a shot from the movie "Hatiko".

Akita Inu is a whole set of positive characteristics that four-legged friends can possess. No negative features - only positive and joy of communicating with this dog.

The fun and mischief with which the puppies of this breed are endowed does not vanish throughout the life of the dog. Akitas are balanced dogs, without signs of aggression.

They will not get involved in a fight, not evaluating the situation and their own strengths. The intellectual indicators of the Akita at the height, they really have wisdom and wisdom that have been accumulating over the centuries.

There is only one negative feature in the nature of these dogs - pathological curiosity. Akita simply must be aware of everything that is happening, and for this she will try to explore all the corners in the house. Even a small noise can tear her from her work and make her rush to find the source. But this quality is weakening over the years, making Akita less curious and more phlegmatic.

The nature of the Akita allows the animal to be kept, as in a large family, and to make from it a companion for one person. For the parents, such a pet is a real find, which can entertain even the tiniest of the kids for hours.

Do not think that a dog without human intervention will be able to show all of its qualities, given by nature. Her upbringing should be done, from the very appearance in the house until the last days. By the way, Akita Inu has the longest childhood among dogs - she is considered a puppy up to 2.5 years old. Only constantly communicating with the animal, you can grow a smart and faithful family member.

Pedigree pets are very friendly, and for all members of the family. But only on condition of complete reciprocity. It is worth knowing that Akita can appreciate a good attitude to herself. Possessing an independent appearance, this dog is submissive and does not tend to disobedience and bad deeds.

Akita-inu is wary of strangers, this concerns strangers. Other dogs they regard as invaders of personal territory, and can rush into battle. Experienced breeders attribute this quality to a sense of dominance inherent in nature.

How to properly maintain and care for Akita Inu

How to care for akita-inu (hachiko)

In the photo, the breed of dogs akita-inu (hachiko).

If the plans are to purchase a puppy of this ancient Japanese breed, you can be sure that the new pet will not bring any special trouble. The dog is universal, it feels good both in the apartment and on the street. For outdoor living, Akita has warm wool, equipped with a thick undercoat. But, despite this, it is still necessary to provide the pet with a warm booth.

Akita living in an apartment, require a two-time walking, which should last at least two hours. Walking alone, the dog behaves restrainedly and calmly, until a suitable match for the games appears, and then the pet will show all his playfulness.

If the Akita Inu is not allowed to throw out excess energy, then the dog can become lazy, gain weight and even lose obedience.

Special care for the coat is not required, it is enough to comb it a few times a week and remove the formed coils. During moulting, of course, additional combing of old wool is required to speed up this process.

Akita can not often bathe, this can lead to the fact that the pet will fall ill. Quite enough will be two or three bathing during the year. Use only specialized detergents, after which the coat requires thorough drying, in this case it is permissible to use a hairdryer.

Akitas have an excellent appetite, so you need to carefully balance the diet, avoiding overeating and the subsequent set of excess weight. It is highly recommended not to feed the pet from your own table. You can choose a quality ready-made dry food . Feeding akita allows mixed food. Several times a week you can give the dog fresh curds, yogurt or kefir, a piece of low-fat meat, vegetable or meat broth. The pet must necessarily be provided with clean and fresh drinking water.

During seasonal moulting, gestation and rearing of offspring, after the transferred diseases it is possible to supplement the diet with special mineral and vitamin supplements , but without fail having consulted with the veterinarian.

It is recommended that the dog be vaccinated regularly, the pet should constantly appear in the veterinary office for routine examinations.

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How much are the puppies?

The popularity of the representatives of this breed does not weaken, so the cost of puppies of this breed is not low. And of course, prices depend on the quality of the dog itself. In Moscow, on average, the following prices for Akita Inu can be noted:

  • Puppy without a pedigree or with an existing tribal marriage with a further ban on breeding will cost around 15,000-30000 rubles.
  • The price of puppies of the standard class ranges from 32,000 to 70,000 rubles.
  • The cost of a puppy show class can reach 100,000 rubles.

In the distance from the capital to buy a pet Akita Inu can be priced at 30-40% below that. What kind of puppy, and for what needs to buy, the owner decides himself.

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