The Japanese Akita is a strong willed dog. They are stubborn dogs who want to be the boss. From puppy hood to adulthood you must always stay diligent in training your dog to be subordinate to everyone in your household. The Akita will try to exert dominance and be the leader, you cannot allow this behavior or else the dog will be uncontrollable.
They can be very territorial and instinctual. The Akita is a breed of dog that has a high chase or hunt instinct. Keep in mind these dogs were originally bred in Japan to hunt. It is said that two Akitas were used to hunt bears. They are very agile dogs and will hunt anything that crosses in to its territory (yard). The Akita is a silent hunter, you will not hear a sound from an Akita who is on the hunt it will patiently stalk its prey until the moment it can snag it.
Next you must know they are protective of their owners, family, pack, which ever term you prefer. They can be socialized to allow welcomed strangers onto their territory; the key term is "welcomed". The Akita will bark at unannounced or suspicious visitors to alert you of possible danger. If you hear an Akita bark they require your attention immediately, these are dogs who only bark for a purpose.
If you can handle constant diligence in training and socializing with this dog you can have a loving companion and family member.
Hachikō (ハチ公), November 10, 1923–March 8, 1935), known in Japanese as chūken Hachikō (忠犬ハチ公), "faithful dog Hachikō"), was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, remembered for his loyalty to his owner, even many years after his owner's death.
In 1924, Hachikō was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. During his owner's life Hachikō saw him off from the front door and greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return on the usual train one evening. The professor had suffered a stroke at the university that day. He died and never returned to the train station where his friend was waiting.
Hachikō was given away after his master's death, but he routinely escaped, showing up again and again at his old home. Eventually, Hachikō apparently realized that Professor Ueno no longer lived at the house. So he went to look for his master at the train station where he had accompanied him so many times before. Each day, Hachikō waited for Professor Ueno to return. And each day he did not see his friend among the commuters at the station.
The permanent fixture at the train station that was Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day. They brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait.
This continued for 10 years, with Hachikō appearing only in the evening time, precisely when the train was due at the station.
The Japanese people were so moved that they erected a statue in his memory, which is located at the train station.
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