The Akita Shepherd is a cross between the Akita and the German Shepherd dogs. This large-sized, physically powerful dog is known for its quiet, loyal nature, and has a fairly stout built with broad shoulders and muscular features. Its relatively small head is studded with triangular, dark-brown eyes and a black nose.
|Also known as||Shepkita, Akita and German Shepherd mix|
|Coat||Dense, rough, soft, medium|
|Colors||Black, Black and Tan, Light Brown, Merle, Brindle, Brown, Speckled, Spotted, Golden, Sable, White|
|Type||Guard Dog, Working Dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Lifespan/expectancy||10 to 13 years|
|Weight||Male: 75-120 pounds; Female: 75-110 pounds|
|Height (size)||Large; Male: 26-28 inches; Female: 24-26 inches|
|Temperament||Alert, brave, quiet, dedicated, protective|
|Good with Children||No (can be tolerant to children if trained and brought up together from young age)|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DRA, IDCR|
The Akita Shepherds are very loyal and obedient. They would always look forward to pleasing their owners in lieu of a little attention.
These dogs are extremely daring and alert, with a strong defensive instinct, and thus make good guardian dogs. By virtue of the working-dog instinct of both its parents, they make a great working dog as well, provided they have been trained to be so since puppy-days.
However, some experts argue that these dogs might be prone to developing behavioral issues or characteristics of aggressive demeanor due to poor breeding. This might happen since breeders would often choose such aggressive parents that are not at all suitable for breeding.
They are said to be such dogs that would find the weak areas of their owners, and when they decide to leave, they can easily skip away. Hence, it is advisable to build barriers around the boundary where your Akita shepherds would live, as also to keep an eye on its day to day activities.
If you have a yard, take it out of leashes only if your yard is enclosed. This should ensure an all-round safety. These activities are especially necessary, if your dog lives in an apartment.
Your dog enjoys challenges. Enthuse it to take part in vigorous playing sessions, including tug of war, Frisbee, and different other retrieving games that demand physical exertion.
Avoid shaving or trimming the coat too often since, during the summer and winter months, your dog’s outer coat helps in insulation against both heat and cold, as also protects it from the sunrays, and during the rains, it repels most water.
Other health issues that this breed might inherit from their ancestors are epilepsy, tumors on the spleen, keratitis, and chronic eczema.
The Akita Shepherd needs a firm-handed, robust trainer, who can have a strong hold on the dog. Leadership quality is a quality that is a must for the trainer. Begin teaching and training them from the time of adoption. Allow them to socialize more and more each day, and help them mix with other pets and guests. Teach them to know you as the leader with an authoritative persona, power of command and confidence. Always let your dog follow your footsteps, especially when you take it outdoors. Remember, a successful and complete training is the key to success to make your Akita Shepherd a homely, well-behaved dog.
Since the Shepkita is susceptible to developing health issues like bloating and a few other digestive tract problems, be sure not to compromise with the quality of food. Otherwise, the quantity of food and the diet chart should be the same as the other large dogs of its type and energy very much like its parents.