American Akitas Breeders

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The American Akita was native to the island of Honshu in the region of Akita, Japan. It has remained unchanged for centuries. First used as imperial guard and fighting dogs, the Akita was also used for hunting deer and bear in deep snow. Because of the softness of their mouths, the Akita can also be used for retrieving water fowl.

The American Akita breed started out as a small to medium sized bear hunting dog called Akita Matagis and was used since 1603 as fighting dogs. Somewhere around 1868, those Akita Matagis were crossed with Mastiffs and larger Tosas, giving us the bigger dogs we now know. By 1908 dog fighting was prohibited, but fortunately the Japanese preserved this beautiful breed.

Being an extremely loyal and trustworthy watchdog, the Akita was sometimes left as babysitters for the children in ancient Japan. The Akita represents a symbol of well-being and statues of them were sent to the sick as wishes of a speedy recovery, and to new mothers as wishes of good health and wealth to the newborn. Greatly treasured, in 1931 the Akita was made a national monument.

During WWII the confiscation of all dogs other than German shepherds was ordered because their coats were used as material for military uniforms. So, to keep their dogs, breeders started breeding their Akitas to the German Shepherds and by the end of WWII there were 3 types of Akitas: the Matagi Akita, The fighting Akitas and Shepherd Akitas.

Soon efforts were under way to restore the breed back to the original Akita and eventually it was successful, and the large sized Akita we have today was created!

In 1937 the first Akita was brought to the U.S. by Helen Keller, and in 1956 the Akita club of America was founded. In 1972 the breed was registered in the AKC and in 1973 they were put in the working group in the regular show classifications.

Popular companions and family pets, today’s Akitas are very loyal to their masters, extremely protective, fearless, courageous, quiet and regal. Because this breed is very energetic, they need an active owner willing to give him the physical and mental stimulation he craves.

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In the Pet's Section of the SF Bay Area for just one day:
Number of ads of dogs for sale:
Professed purebreed Dogs: 32 ads
Prices range from $200.00 to 1,200.00
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Australian Terrier 1
Boston Terriers 1
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Doberman 1
French Bulldog 2
German Shepherd 1
Lab 1
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Pugs 1
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Rat Terrier 1
Shish Tzu 1
Toy Poodle 1
Yorkie (tiny tea-cup) 1
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Mixed breed dogs for sale: 10
Cocker& Springer Spaniel 1
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    Jun 16, 2012 by Dustin | Posted in Dogs

    I have a two year old Pit-Bull, Rottweiler, Akita, Blue-Heeler, Dingo, Wired terrier mix.
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    • He will probably have the personality traits of the most dominant breed in his DNA....with a few noticeable traits from the next dominate breed......it sounds like he should be an active fun dog...maybe liking hikes and romping the best. What have you discovered he likes to do?

  • Avatar Violet Akita Inu and American Akita?
    Dec 11, 2010 by Violet | Posted in Other - Social Science

    I am debating whether i should adopt a german shepherd pup or Akita inu . THere is a big difference between the Akita Inu and American Akita . Most of the websites i visited, had them put as 1 breed . I consider them dif …


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  • Avatar Eric C Akita Inu's temperament?
    Jun 16, 2010 by Eric C | Posted in Dogs

    Here's a follow up question regarding the Akita Inu breed - in the movie "Hachi", the Akita seemingly mellow and cheerful, but a few Akita (the American breed) I know of in real life are actually quit stubborn, grouchy a …erican vs Japanese version much different in personality?
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    • There is only one Akita - Japanese.

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