|Barked: Tue Sep 18, '12 5:19am PST |
|At 13 months Akitas are still very much puppies.With enough socialization which ammounts to an hour or two a day,they can remain quite friendly in public. Mine are sweeties in public,try to walk in the yard or house or near anything they consider theirs at home and it is a very different story. Before you consider even thinking of getting one do alot of research especially on how to raise them properly. They in all honesty require you to put in about 8 hours a day in training,socialization and exercise for at least the first year and 4-5 hours a day for the rest of their lives to stay balanced and well behaved,they also have SSA which develops between 18 mos.-3yrs. Even when previously fine with the other dog,they must be leashed,tethered or fenced in in a way that they can't get out and require alot of dedication. You only get out of them what you are willing to put into them. They are not at all an easy breed and unless you know with certainty that you are willing to put in the time,effort and energy to make them the best they can be,please as someone who loves the breed don't get one. It breaks my heart to know that nearly 50% of Akitas born each year end up in rescues,shelters,and ultimately euthanized because someone thought that they were cute or beautiful and got one having no idea what they were getting into.
A good place to start your research on wether or not you have a home appropriate for an Akita is "The Akita Rescue of W.New York" home page. They have a section on the site that tells you what you need to be a responsible Akita owner. If you make it through the first 100 questions/conditions and still want one,read on.
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