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Akita Inu is a breed of dog that originated in Akita Province on the Japanese island of Honshu, one of six on the Japanese wildlife conservation and conservation register of the Native Japanese breeds, Nihonken Hodzonkai (Nippo). 

Japanese dog Akita. Akita Inu is the largest Japanese dog of Spitz-shaped. In the distant past, Akit, which was taken for hunting, was called Matagi ken. The word “Matagi” in ancient Japanese means “hunter on a large beast, and the translation of “bear” is also correct. The word “ken”, as well as the word “Inu”, means dog, but unlike the word “Inu” the word “ken” cannot be used separately, but only in a phrase, such as “Matagi ken.” That’s why people-hunters (Matagi) of their dogs called “Matagi ken.” For long-time dogs were used to hunt mainly large animals such as wild boar, deer, and bear.

Breed History of Akita Dogs:

The archaeological evidence that revealed the remains of spitz-shaped dogs dating back around the 2nd millennium BC and the results of genetic studies have shown that Akita is one of the 14 oldest breeds Dogs. Among other things, ancient drawings with the image of dogs resembling modern Akithaves have been preserved.

In order to preserve and develop hunting qualities in Japan in the 6th century, clubs of lovers of these dogs were founded. They drew up instructions on content, breeding, learning. In the 15th century, tribal books were established that recorded the name, origin, color, and other information.

Initially, Japanese dogs were small or medium in size. Since 1603, Akita Matagi has been used for dog-fighting in Akita County. Since 1868, they have been interbred with Tosa in and mastiffs, resulting in increased dog sizes, but the characteristics of the Spitz-type have been lost.

Although dog-fighting was banned in 1908, the breed survived and improved, becoming a Japanese breed of a large dog, and nine of its outstanding representatives were named “Natural Monuments” in 1931.

During the Second World War, German Shepherds were used more often, and Akitowners began to cross them with German Shepherds. After World War II, the breed was divided into three types: Akita Matagi, a fighting Akita, an Akita, crossed with a German Shepherd. In the United States, American Akita was bred on the basis of Akita. It is believed that Helen Adams Keller brought the first Japanese Akita to America.

Taking Care of Akita Dogs,

Akita feels great both in the city apartment, and on the street, in the aviary. Wool does not require complicated care – it is enough to comb it once a week. During seasonal molting it is necessary to comb more often, 3-4 times a week, helping the dog to get rid of the dying hair. Cutting akita is not recommended. It is necessary to bathe about 2-3 times a year, using special shampoos. Brushing of teeth is required every few days, and 1-2 times a month the dog’s claws are trimmed.