Akita tries to attack a bear on the tv

July 11, 2014 – 09:17 pm

The Akita Prefecture of Japan (for which the breed is named for) is very mountainous and very cold. Many centuries ago bears made the best game for the amount of meat and the thick fur hides for the people of the small scattered villagers that lived in the region. A hunting dog was needed that was large, solid, strong and generally fearless that was thickly furred to deal with the cold and rugged to deal with the terrain. Two Akitas could hold off and corner a bear for quite some time until the hunters got there to kill it. To the Japanese particularly back then their dogs were workers - not pets - their size and strength was necessary to haul back the catch to the village. But because they were not seen as pets, in extreme winters sadly they were used for food and hides when hunting became very lean.

But the Akita eventually earned it's place as a necessary part of the family as they made great protection dogs whether from marauders from other villages or from animal predators, but they also are very family oriented dogs bonding very strongly to their human families and naturally babysat the kids of the busy mothers. Even today Japanese mothers use their Akitas to help out with watching the kids.

Interestingly, the first Akita into the US was given as a gift to Helen Keller when she visited the Akita Prefecture after hearing of the popular story at the time of the famed Akita, Hachiko, that waited at the train station every day for his master to come home from work (there is still a statue of Hachiko at the train station in his memory and is still shiny around the head area because everyone pets the statue for good luck). Sadly, the dog, named Kamikaze-go, died not very long after of distemper. Upon hearing of how much she loved the dog and how upset she was about his death the Japanese government then sent her Kamikaze's older brother, Kenzan-go, as an official gift from the government. She was rarely seen without her Akita with her.

It was after World War II that Akitas started really coming to the US. US servicemen fell in love with the breed and many of them brought them home from the war and started their own breeding programs. More recently, the Akita split into two slightly different style's - the American style and the Japanese style, though interestingly it is the American style that more closely represents the original breed from centuries ago. The American style is generally bulkier with a more boxy snout and except for pure white Akitas has the black mask. This is due to the Mastiff breed bred into them for size and strength. The Japanese style is lighter and more streamlined with less bulk, no black mask and a more pointy fox-like snout. This style more resembles the Japanese smaller cousin of the Akita, the Shiba Inu, in looks but not size, which is due to having bred out most of the Mastiff qualities.

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