|Barked: Mon Aug 26, '13 7:57pm PST |
|From experience, Ohio is a difficult market to find an Akita in. I researched extensively in many of the surrounding states. I no longer live in Ohio, but it was an area I searched. I know there is at least one VERY reputable breeder in Cincy. We got Koda in Tennesse, so we drove a good 4 hours there and then 4 back home.
I strongly advise asking the breeder many questions. Some that we asked were 1) How often they took the parents in public. 2) What is their disposition with children and other dogs. 3) Size and activity levels. 4) About health tests. Those are just to name a few. Then of course, we went and saw both the mother and father. They exhibited completely normal behavior for Akitas, especially since we were in their home and they were not inside with their human "kids". I know Koda wouldn't handle that situation very well if he was not able to be beside our daughter and myself if a stranger was around.
Visit, ask about past bloodlines, any parental health issues, and ask about prior generations too. A good breeder will have lots of information for you. Remember, it's not bad to be picky. This is a life long companion, and you want the pup with the temperment that matches your family lifestyle. When looking at the pups, we chose the social, alter, yet docile around familiar people one and I couldn't be more pleased with what we got. An Akita is a great dog, and like I've said before, I'll never own another large breed, or at least not another wihtout an Akita present. They are magnificant creatures.
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