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Akitas Are Loyal and Compassionate

Akitas are loyal and compassionate to their masters, and many touching stories exist about their profound faithfulness.

Akitas are so loyal and compassionate
Hachi-Ko. photo dated about 1934. By Unknown author – archive copy, Public Domain

The famous blind American author Helen Keller  (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) owned the first Akita to enter the United States in 1937. It served as her devoted companion for 7 years until its death.

She learned about Akitas from the story of Hachiko. She visited the Akita district, where the town erected Hachiko’s bronze statue at Shibuya Station (the train station that Hachiko waited at every day for his master to return).

Helen Keller once said about dogs: “Nobody, who is not blind, as much as they may love their pet, can know what a dog’s love really means. Dogs have traveled all over the world with me. They have always been my companions. A dog has never failed me.”

In her 1933 essay, “Three Days to See,” Keller wrote about one of the first things she would do if she suddenly had a vision: “I should like to look into the loyal, trusting eyes of my dogs…whose warm, tender, and playful friendships are so comforting to me.”

Movies about How Akitas are Loyalty and Compassionate

If you own an Akita, you watched or at least knew about the movie “Hachi”  based on Hachiko’s true story and starring Richard Gere. This movie shows how Akitas are loyal and compassionate and completely dedicated.  I highly recommend this film. If this movie does not make you cry, you have no heart or do not love dogs!

cincin75ytb  posted this comment on Youtube:

Hachi is still sitting at Shibuya station, Tokyo, Japan. He is still waiting for his friend, as a statue. I walked by him every day because I was working there. And Japanese call him Hachi Koh, which means sir Hachi. It is a famous story there.  I just think that he is a symbol of typical Japanese spirit, a symbol of unconditional loyalty.

Akita puppies love routines, so they will tug at your seams when they want to play to take a walk. You have to be the one to initiate these activities since Akitas can be domineering. They might make you their pets, so be sure you are the one to initiate everything. Do not wait until your dog bosses you around.

Akita Personality

Akitas are intelligent, courageous, and spontaneous. They do best with constant human companionship.  Akitas should not be left alone for long periods of time. They are aggressive and exceedingly protective.  Their domineering attitude is not suited for submissive owners. Families with young children should know that Akitas get along with well behaved older children but are intolerant of the children they do not know. If not socialized, some Akitas may become erratic when teased and may even bite.

Caring for Your Akita

It would help if you vaccinated your Akita puppy once it reaches 11 to 16 months old. They are prone to genetic health conditions, as are many purebred dogs. There are health problems specific to Akitas, one of which is hip dysplasia.

The Akita was not bred to live or work in groups like many hounds, herding dogs, or other sporting breeds. Instead, they lived and worked alone or in pairs.  Akitas tend to be less tolerant of dogs of the same sex. For this reason, Akitas, unless highly socialized, are not generally well suited for off-leash dog parks. The Akita is intelligent, courageous, fearless, and careful. Sometimes spontaneous, it needs a confident, consistent handler, without which the dog will be very domineering and may become aggressive to other dogs and animals.

For more information about the Akita, visit the AKC website and the Akita Club of America.