In today’s post, we’ll learn “everything” about chocolate Akitas – one of the most loyal dogs in the world and help you figure out if they’re a good fit for your lifestyle and family. Let’s dive right in!
The chocolate Akita is a large dog breed. Mature females weigh between 70 and 100 pounds and stand 24 to 26 inches tall. Males are slightly larger than females, stand 26 to 28 inches tall, and weigh 100 to 130 pounds.
How do I identify an Akita?
The Akita’s physical features reflect the cold-weather adaptations needed for their original role as working dogs. Their appearance is well-proportioned, only slightly longer than they are tall.
Chocolate Akitas have a strong appearance. Their breed’s physical traits include a large bear-like head, deeply set eyes, erect triangular ears, and a curved tail. The American Akita comes in many different colors and color combinations, with chocolate being one of them.
They have a double coat with a dense undercoat and a short top coat. These two layers help to insulate Akitas against cold weather, and they even cool them in hot weather by trapping cool air close to the skin.
What are the two types of Akita?
The Akita, originally from northern Japan, became famous around the world after appearing in Hollywood movies with the touching story of Hachiko. This breed is a symbol of longevity, happiness, and good health.
After Helen Keller, an American woman, received two Akitas from the Japanese government in 1938, the breed is credited with being introduced to the US. The Akita is one of the best guard dogs. This breed has two different varieties: Japanese and American.
Chocolate Akitas have a similar lifespan to other large breeds like the German Shepherd. Their lifespan generally ranges from 10 to 13 years. However, if you provide them with love, a healthy diet, and the proper care, these devoted dogs can live longer.
Do Akitas have a good temperament?
Due to their working history, Akitas are naturally wary of strangers and alert. But with family, you will be surprised by their devotion. They love being around family members and participating in daily activities.
When it comes to other animals, especially same-sex dogs, chocolate Akitas tend to be aggressive. So they should be trained and socialized with many people and other animals from a young age. You also need to be aware that Akitas have a strong personality. They are not a breed for timid people. Additionally, Chocolate Akita dogs are best suited to a one-dog household.
What is the best food to feed an Akita?
Sadly, the rates of obesity, cancer, and diabetes in dogs are rising rapidly. But the good news is that more and more dog parents are becoming aware of the health benefits of fresh foods and the risks of various commercial pet food manufacturing processes.
Ideally, your black Akita will benefit from a meal that is optimal for the breed, age, activity level, ideal weight, and sensitivities. It also needs to be balanced and nutritionally complete for dogs.
How much do Akita dogs shed?
Chocolate Akitas are heavy shedders. Owners should be ready to clean up when their dense undercoat sheds heavily and leaves clumps all over your house. At these times, you will need to brush them more often than usual to keep shedding under control.
In addition to regular coat brushing, the grooming routine of chocolate Akitas also includes bathing, ear cleaning, teeth brushing, and nail trimming to have good health and appearance.
What are Akitas prone to?
Generally, chocolate Akitas are healthy. But they can be prone to some diseases like autoimmune hypothyroidism, hip and elbow dysplasia, and autoimmune hypothyroidism.
Chocolate Akita exercise requirements
Chocolate American Akita dogs require regular exercise to stay happy and healthy. You should walk and run your dog for at least 45 to 60 minutes every day. Playing in a large, secure garden with entertaining activities is also a good idea.
When should you start training an Akita?
Many Akita owners worry about their dog’s aggression. The lack of training and early socialization is the most common cause of this issue. So training is a must part of owning a chocolate Akita puppy or any dog.
With an independent breed like the Akita, you should train your dog as soon as possible. It helps to reduce unwanted behaviors, increase your pup’s sociability, and create a stronger bond between you and your Akita.
If you don’t train chocolate Akitas from a young age, they can easy to become aggressive and attack people or other animals. Remember that you should use positive reinforcement instead of a harsh training method.
Positive reinforcement training rewards desired behaviors with anything your dog finds enjoyable, like treats, compliments, toys, etc. It is one of the most powerful tools for shaping or changing a dog’s behavior.
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Chocolate Akita puppies for sale: How much is an American Akita worth?
In the United States, you can buy an Akita puppy for around $1,000. Most puppies cost between $600 and $2,000 on average. Nonetheless, the price will be different based on the breeder, region, bloodline, color, age, prizes, etc.
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