Akita is a large, strong breed. Managing an Akita rests on mutual respect you have to learn to read your Akita's body language and foresee potential problem situations and avoid rough measures. Underneath the bold appearance hides a very sensitive akita.
It's very important to bring puppy in to different enviroment and people. But one must accept the fact that Akita doesn't necessarily get along with other dogs.
You have to be determined and consistent with Akita and this concerns every one in the family.
I have told my guests to leave my Akitas alone, when they are sleeping or eating.
And my following phrase is. Don't take it personal if my Akitas don't come and say hello to you. Akitas don't want to please people like most of the other breeds. That must take into consideration when training them. Akita learns quickly and doesn't fancy repeating the same exercise over and over again.
The Akita owner must have a good sense of humour and be exteremly patient. If you loose your temper- the match is lost. Believe me- I've been there...many times.
In my opinion, living with Akita, it's a Way of Life. What suits me doesn't necessarily suit for everyone. There's one character in Akita that makes it so unique, the loyalty to its own human, it's a life long bond, that's why re-homing an Akita can be a very stressfull for it.
Akitas have two serious auto-immune diseases, SA (Sebaceous Adenitis) and UDS (Uveodermatologic Syndrome) and some other diseases like allergies, hypo- or hyperthyroidism, one case of Addison's disease, trombocytopenia, leucopenia.
Behind this link you'll find thorough information about Akita.
All dogs planned to use for breeding have to be examined, meaning official hip and eye examination. Hip x-ray earliest at the age of 12 months and eye examination valid for 24 months. This is one way to eliminate ill dogs from breeding.
I have high hopes for Hannes Lohi and his genome-tests at the Helsinki University. Finally there's a possibility to get more information how inbred our dogs are, how close they are related to each other and how prone they are to some auto-immune diseases, for exemple. In cases where humans and dogs have common illnesses like UDS/ VKH the research and testing will hopefully help our Akitas, too. But we need more blood samples.
Gogatsu Kensha puppies donated blood to Hannes Lohi' s studies in the Canine DNA-bank and I'm going to continue this practise. My DogDNA-pass for my dogs is under consideration, too.
Unfortunately, as we all know, Akita as a breed, it's not that popular and the story is that there was just few Akitas after the World War II that were revived as so called Treasures of Japan.
We all love our Akitas and want to preserve the breed healthy and alive. That's why I do respect other Akita breeders and their breeding philosophy.
As for my Akitas, I tend to choose them on the basis of their qualities and pedigree.
And as far as we don't exactly know the hereditary mechanisms of these diseases, at least we can be open towards future puppy owners and towards other breeders.
In Finland and in Sweden, we have an open list about SA/ UDS-diseased dogs.
Sonja Rademacher in her Fb- site does a valuable work for us, when collecting information on Akitas affected by SA and UDS. https://www.facebook.com/sonja.rademacher.5/media_set?set=a.356613867719078.79022.100001114026353&type=3
Last but not least will come those dear people who have chosen Gogatsu Kensha-puppies. Their feedback is critically important. I want to experience their life in sickness or in health.