41 Responses to Akita Shepherd

  1. Darlene Lankford says:

    Got a 9 year old “mixed shepherd” from a rescue earlier this year. He was picked up as stray but appeared well taken care off.Been curious about what he is mixed with but based on curved tail, nose shape & pics on this site, I think he is part Akita.
    When I take him outside (off leash on over 2 acres) he sticks close by & can’t wait to get back in house.
    He is a great dog but scared of almost any loud noises – thunder, gun shots, etc. Any suggestions on how to help him with this ?

    • admin says:

      Hi Darlene,
      You may try the following to keep your Akita from getting a little more anxious around loud noises:

      • Create a ‘safe’ place for your dog like making a room somewhat sound-proof with the windows blacked-out. Also, keep his favorite toys and treats close by and make the room as cozy as you can
      • Use an Anxiety Wrap, an anti-static vest that puts pressure on some acupuncture points, to help soothe anxiety and fear in your dog
      • Slowly introduce loud noises into his life, like dropping a tin can or playing loud music near him can help him adapt to loud noises
  2. Leanne says:

    I Have one of these amazing dogs, she is 6 years old and has a neurological disorder, but she is the most awesome dog ever. Kota is very protective of her owners and rarely lets us pet other dogs, but given some coaxing she lets her guard down. She is not aggressive or has ever showed signs of hurting anyone or anything, very opposite its more like she pouts when she does not get her own way. We have a 11 year old Lab/Shep as well and they truly are the best of friends. I didn’t know about this mix until she came into our lives and blew us away with all her uniqueness.

  3. irma says:

    HI. I’m considering getting a shepkita. He’s 3 1/2 months old. But worried because I have a 10 and 11 year old male and female shitzu/maltese. I also have a 5 year old. Don’t know if they get along with little dogs. Any opinions.

    • Diana says:

      Hi I have had shepkita for 4 years I got him at 9 weeks old I had 5 children at the time one of which was 2 and since had another baby he has the best temperament in a dog he’s the best I’ve ever had and looking at getting another

    • Jessica Henn says:

      I’ve got one. She’s as wonderful as they come. She’s great with my shih-Tzus and other dogs (I’ve got a big pack) and she adores my boyfriends toddlers.

    • Dara says:

      My shepkita is very loving and extremely protective over my entire family. I have had him since birth though. He is great with other dogs and our cat but not well around wildlife.

  4. Nikeisha K. Williams says:

    I just got my shepkita 2 days ago and I’ve already noticed his chew on EVERYTHING in sight attitude but I’m working on that as I understand where that is coming from but how do I get him to use the outdoors and not my rug as his bathroom… someone recommended taking him to the sight, let him see it get rough with him about it but I have 2 problems with that, suppose I do it then he gets scared and becomes terrified of me and the other is suppose he sees aggression as ok and becomes aggressive… HELP me!!

    • Allan says:

      I also have an Akita Shepherd mix and we found substitution works for the chewing. If they’re chewing on something they’re not supposed to tell them no (but don’t yell at them) and then give them a toy they can have and praise them when they chew on it. As for potty training know your dog should only hold it for a number of hours equal to how many months old they are +1. Get them on a good schedule for potty breaks and make sure you’re not making them hold it too long. Most of the time accidents may be your fault for not taking them our enough or setting a schedule. Also know throwing their nose in their accidents and especially getting rough with them can lead to fear of you and possible aggression in the future. I’ve personally found more success in using positive reinforcement by praising them when they’re doing right instead of yelling or getting violent for doing something wrong.

    • Shep says:

      Frozen marrow bones. They’ll sit for hours in the garden chewing one of those

  5. Dianne says:

    Hello,
    Our Shep/Akita Gunnar is 10. He was food agressive as a pup but we cured him of that. He is protective of us and rarely likes others patting him etc, so he’s a loner however he has 5 cats he lives with and loves! We got him at 8 weeks and he was the only one in the litter that ran to greet us when we arrived little did we know he was checking us out! He may not like the vet and is leary with strangers, but we have learned to give him a great life, his acre yard is fenced in, he has toys and his “fur family” and his “cookies” when he does something good, life with Gunnar is great (although UPS and the oil man are glad he’s inside when they deliver).

    • Susan Kohkonen says:

      How did you cure him of food aggression? I am having trouble with my 11 month old. She’s a great dog over all but she has attacked our Carin Terrier who’s 13 over a French fry and now she tries to boss her around all the time then last night she took a piece of meat out of my 140lb Akita mouth, and he didn’t like that, so they got into it. We got her as a pound puppy at 3-4 months old and she used to inhale her food so I got her a dish that slowed her down. She now will leave food in her dish if she’s full but is still very guarded about it, except with me I can take it away and she wont budge, she is very loving and friendly except for this problem. I just put 2+2 together and figured out she’s crossed with a shepherd due to her size, and certain facial features that are just not true Akita, her nose is slender and she has the famous tear drops of the shepherd. So when I googled it and I saw the picture I knew yep she’s a Shekita.

      • Diane says:

        The problem is she doesn’t believe you to be a pack later what you need to do is the moment she shows any type of aggression with her food bowl you take her food bowl put it up on top of the refrigerator where she can see it and leave it there for an hour and then put it back down on the floor if she’s aggressive again then you simply repeat rinse and repeat you have to keep doing it quite a bit depending upon how stubborn your dog is but eventually they’ll get the hint that you’re in charge and that if they are aggressive with their food that they’re going to lose it

        • Kitalover says:

          On top of what you said it’s good to hold the food where they can see not taunting but asserting your pack leader also have the dog sit before giving the food initially you must be struck or training will wear off

      • Dm says:

        Every time you dog shows food aggression you take the food away put the ball app on top of the refrigerator where they can see it but don’t give it to him for an hour let them think about what they’ve done give it back to them if their aggressive take it away put it back up on top of the fridge it’s a real pain in the butt but it works

  6. Roxanne says:

    We raised our children with pure bred Akita’s and they were wonderful with them. Akita’s are natural babysitters. A very sweet nature and strong protective instincts never left me worrying about the safety of my children. We have just added two Akita/Shepherd puppies to our home and although it’s only been a short time, their personalities are already showing distinct differences. Proving, life really is like a box of chocolates! Both of these babies are adorable and precious, already showing to be very trainable. They join our 8 y/o lab/golden mix rescue that we have had since he was 4 weeks old, surprisingly he is the one showing some aggression even though he was raised as being very submissive to our older dog who passed away about a year ago. We look forward to the joy our new family will bring.

  7. Ethan says:

    Our Shepkita has one blue eye and one brown so I strongly suspect her supposed Japanese Akita father was crossed with a Siberian Husky. She’s called Meika and she’s two years old. She has food aggression but other than that she’s the sweetest dog I’ve ever seen. We had a friend come over when she was about 1 and a half and he had a young child aged 6 and he was a nightmare! He would smack Meika in the face and pull her ears rawr at her and chase her around the house and garden. This was the first time she had met a child and was so loving towards the little brat and just sat there allowing him to terrorise her. She also really enjoyed being chased! She wasn’t trained to be gentle around kids so it must have been instinctive behaviour which doesn’t add up with what has been said on this website. I would say that anyone who is thinking of avoiding this breed because of how they are with children should give them a chance to be honest! She is such a quick learner and knows how to do a variety of ‘tricks’plus she’s the absolute double of the dog in that picture 🙂

    • Roxanne says:

      I would also suspect a Husky mix in there somewhere. I agree, I’m not sure where all the negative talk about being bad with children is coming from. Both breeds are known to be exceptional family dogs. Having had Akita’s for over 20 years, I would agree that there are bad lines of Akita’s just like all large aggressive dogs, that were intentionally bred for aggression and fighting and these lines can produce dogs not compatible with children or other pets. Getting to know about both of these breeds will help anyone with their new dog.

      • Ethan says:

        Would you like a picture of her?She’s a very pretty dog! 😁

        • Whitney says:

          Picture yes please🙂

        • Todd says:

          You should really Che k out our boy Alfredo. Adopted from Best Friends in LA he is now 6. Loves babies, small dogs and the ladies. Very sociable but very protective of the little ones. Typical Akita he has no toy drive but plays with a purpose. His Facebook is Alfredo Woof. Best dog ever!

    • Amanda says:

      I have one as well with one blue and one brown eye. We have 4 kids and he does great with all of them even though twins who are 4. We also have a Male German Shepherd who he does well with. Cats in the other hand are a no. We are working on it though.

  8. Faith bailey says:

    I have a rescue dog of this type that is now 17/18 months old. I’ve had him since February. He’s a wonderful dog – so affectionate and good with my other dogs. He like to harass the cats but hasn’t eaten them yet. However he is terrible for chewing. I can’t leave him in the house for long unattended (like a child) has he has chewed two big holes in my leather sofa. I’ve tried everything to stop it but when the novelty wears off he is back to his old tricks. Any suggestions? I’m hoping he is still in puppy phase to an extent and maybe he’ll grow out of it!!! Fingers crossed!!
    I do love him though – he is possibly the most handsome dog you’d ever see. His name is John 🙂

    • admin says:

      Hi there,
      The intensified chewing phase in puppies usually ends when they are six months old. However, some may enter another teething phase at seven months and may display destructive chewing. Here are some tips you may follow to prevent your Akita Shepherd’s inappropriate chewing behavior.
      • Provide John with plenty of inedible chew bones and toys. Rotate the chew toys or offer something new every two to three days so that your dog does not lose interest in the old toys.
      • Offer some edible items like rawhide bones, bully sticks, pig skin rolls, pig ears, or other types of natural chews.
      • Give him puzzle toys stuffed with delicious treats at times when he chews the most.
      • Discourage destructive chewing by spraying household items with chewing deterrents.

      • Faith bailey says:

        Thanks. Yes I’ve done all of the above with the exception of rotating the toys/ chews. I’ll try that and I’m also going to try him in a room with no couch!! 🙂

  9. Brandon says:

    Completely opposite description to my Shepkita

  10. Clinton Broomfield says:

    I’d just like to point out that the photo of the German Shepherd Akita you have is my family’s dog. Feel free to use it! It just made my day to see Abby on the front page of Google

    Cheers! Clint.

  11. Shannon says:

    What is mixture of Shepherd to Akita mix are you referring to here 50:50?

    • admin says:

      Hi Shannon,
      The first generation, 50% Akita Inu and 50% German Shepherd mix is an F1 Akita Shepherd. The breeding of two Akita Shepherds also produces a 50:50 cross, but the animal is an F2 Akita Shepherd or second filial generation of Akita Shepherd. An F2 Shepkita bred to another F2 Shepkita produces an F3 Shepkita. F3 and subsequent generations of crosses are known as “multigenerational” crosses.

      • Shannon says:

        Interesting, I have a pure bred white shepherd of good lines. But, he is a throwback to earlier version of breed. Big square head, very square back and strong prey drive. I was thinking of Japanese Akita cross as it likely produce a powerful hunting and working dog.

  12. brianna says:

    why do shepkitas love water so much mine is 12 weeks old and she tries to lay in her water bowl when she takes a nap she always puts her front paws in the water. her ears wont even point up should i take her to the vet to get her checked out.

    • admin says:

      Hi!
      Being descendant of Akita and German Shepherd, the Shepkita usually inherits its parents’ working and guarding abilities. Since most Akitas enjoy swimming, it is likely that your pup instinctively loves water.

  13. Sam says:

    I am having a very hard time potty training my 8 week old Shepkita.
    we feed him twice a day morning and around 8PM.
    We Take him out to potty 20 minutes after he eats and drinks, then an hour. Take him out as soon as he wakes up, but he still poops and potties in the house.
    He is very smart and I feel he is doing it to be spiteful …

    • admin says:

      Hi!
      For an 8-week-old Shepkita, it’s too early to expect him to go out potty on his own. Your pup will inevitably have accidents but you will have to try and prevent him from having accidents. You can be successful in your efforts if you follow some simple tips, including:
      • Designate a spot as his “potty spot” and take him here.
      • Reinforce him for “going” outside to poop. A belly scratch or food treats are memorable for most pups.
      • Watch him closely. When he feels an urge, he will let you know by squatting, sniffing, circling, scratching, and whining.
      • When you aren’t close to him, confine your pet to a crate. Dogs usually do not mess up the place where they sleep.

    • Karen says:

      The general rule to to give them the opportunity to do their business a hour for each month of age. So for a dog two months old, one gives them the opportunity to do their business outside every two hours. I doubt that 20 minutes or even one hour is long enough for the food to pass through his digestive system or liquid to be absorbed into the blood stream, filtered by the kidneys, and be ready to pass out of the bladder. I would allow more time between dinner and bedtime – maybe at least four hours – taking him outside and giving him the opportunity to do his business every two hours. When he does his business outside, I would say in a high, happy tone, Good business one!” or “Good business two!” as appropriate. That way he’ll learn the meaning of each and later when you take him out and say, “Do business one (or two)” he will do what it if he has to. If he accidentally goes inside, I would wipe it up or collect it up and put it outside, letting him see you do it and saying in a cheerful, matter-of-fact speaking voice, “Business goes outside.” Dogs are very smart and will learn anything one is capable of teaching them.

  14. raff says:

    hello some advice please i have a shepkita and she is one years old got her from a family with a male she is great with me and my son but very nervous of other people which is not in its self a bad thing my problem is she is very nervous and wont go out for a walk a few yards and she becomes petrified and wants to go back home she hates cars and just dont know if it a time thing and don’t know how to help her i live very close to a large lee valley park and can walk for miles but to get her there and back is a problem wont get in car without a lot of stress so i’m only walking her short times if at all so not to stress her out can anyone offer any advice please she is a lovely dog and want her to live a nice life and not scared all the time

    • Akita 4444443 says:

      Hello my Best advice is for you to stop visualizing how the walk and the fear ov cars is going to happen ,dogs pick up on this things , before walking your dog .find a way to drain some ov the energy with some kind ov physical activity ,then relax ur self calm go with a positive idea about going for a walk keep a straight up posture and ur head high , and really believe in your self ,and ur dog will eventually wil follow ,just stick at it ,and try not to get stressted and it will work.

  15. Trisha says:

    I strongly disagree with Shepkita’s not being good with children. I had gotten my shepkita when i was 7 years old, it past away when i turned 21 years old. I had small neices and nephew’s that where ages 9months to 5 years old that would either live with us or visit every day at the time my shepkita was 1 to 2 years old. They climbed on our shepkita, pulled his tail, grabbed and tugged his ears, tugged at his fur coat and there was nothing a child could do to that dog that would make him anything less then gentle and caring. In fact he acted like he was their Nanny or litter. Very protective ocer them and when he sensed the children where doing something that was not safe he would grab them by the back of the pants or diaper and pull them near him , closer to the house and big glass back door and would keep the children very close to him. The children would fall asleep on him as if he put them down for a nap and he would be loyal to stay by their side and comfort them until we went inside or they woke up. He did however show aggression to any adult (mostly males) that came close to the children or I that he was not familiar with and crossed territory and we had a couple times we had to go to court when a man would raise his voice or show anger around him towards us, which was good for my mother when a man tried to repo her car ( TRIED BUT DIDNT SUCCEED). My shepkita was a true shepkita and was the best dog any parent could ask for. We always said if anything ecer happened to us and the children were left alone with the dog we know for a fact they would probably be better off then with a babysitter and felt our family and children were 100% safe because of our shepkita. I am now 33 and have my own children and have never been able to find a breed that came close to being as good with children as the shepkita i grew up with.

    • admin says:

      Hello,
      Your dog, specifically, was probably well-trained and was good with the kids. However, what we mentioned here is about Shepkitas in general. Shepkitas are naturally not much comfortable with young children, however, if they are trained and brought up with kids from a very young age, they wouldn’t have that issue.

      • June says:

        I agree with Trisha I have a Shepkita and she will be 12 in January and she has always been good with my daughters and nieces and nephews they would sit on her lay on her and never did she ever show aggression and now that she is older and has arthritis in her back legs my 2 yr old grandson will lay on her as a pillow and she loves it she is constantly kissing him and has alway been good with kids in fact I have come across many owners of these dogs and aal state that they are great family dogs.

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