Buddah the Akita Visited us in Roseville/Citrus Heights

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Here’s a more unusual Akita from our Roseville and Citrus Heights clinic. Buddha is an American Akita which as we will see is a more recent line of dogs developed on our side of the Pacific. The Akita is a Spitz-type dog which shows typical cold weather adaptations like the thick double coat, small eyes, and small erect ears. Anecdotally, the first Akitas were bred in isolation on a remote island in northern Japan to deal with the serious dangers of the Yezo Bear which can weigh 1000 pounds. The original line was the native Matagi Dog which was used for hunting bear, boar and deer so the breed has always been a paragon of courage, strength, and loyalty. Later they were introduced to Japanese royalty and were then kept exclusively by Imperial Samurai until the 20’th century when the restriction on ownership in Japan was lifted. Almost all of Japan’s Akitas were lost to the WWII Japanese war effort and by war’s end, they had almost gone extinct. There are now two separate bloodlines (even considered to be two breeds) of Akita. The Japanese Akita (Akita Inu) is smaller, has finer bones and has a limited permissible color variety. The American Akita is larger, has a heavier frame and can be any color. They are loyal, fearless, cautious around strangers and potentially aggressive to other dogs – particularly those of the same gender. Akita would not be a good choice for a first-time dog owner. See the story of Hachiko the Japanese Akita who waited for his owner’s return for nine years after the owner had died https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hachik%C5%8D – Geoffrey Antipa

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