Akita Lab Mix: Great Guard Dog or Fabulous Family Pet?
The Akita Lab Mix is one of the most popular breeds in Japan. There are many reasons why they have become so popular. They are very loyal, friendly, affectionate and love attention from everyone. Their intelligence makes them excellent guard dogs and they make great family pets too!
There are several types of akitas, but all of them share these characteristics:
They are medium sized dogs with short legs and long bodies. They weigh between 15 – 25 pounds. They have large heads and sharp teeth which make them strong fighters. Their coats range from white to dark brown, although some varieties come in other colors such as red, yellow, orange and even black.
Akitas are known for their loyalty and devotion to their owners. They will do anything they can to please them. Some akatas are very playful while others like to stay close to their owners. Akitas are also known for being good watchdogs, but it is not just them guarding the house that makes them so popular, there is also the fact that they look quite cute when doing it!
Akitas are very much like labs and they will fetch for you, play with toys, swim and go jogging with you. They are excellent family dogs because they get on well with children and other dogs too. Because of their friendly nature, a lot of people think that they are not guard dogs, but if someone they don’t know approaches the house then they will let everyone know about it! They will bark loudly, make lots of noise and even scare away intruders with their sharp teeth and strong body.
Akitas are very popular dogs in the United States, but they are especially popular in the state of Wisconsin. If you would like to have an aki for a pet then you can find one near you if you search online or you can adopt one from a rescue shelter if you prefer that option. The only thing you need to remember is that they require a lot of attention, exercise and love so it is not a good idea for you to choose this dog if you are very busy. These dogs also do not do well if they are kept in a kennel or yard all the time so make sure you have the space for one in your home before getting an aki for yourself.
They are rare outside of Japan and the United States. The AKC does not recognize them as a breed because there are so few of them.
The movie ‘Hachi: A Dog’s Tale’ is about a famous Akita called Hachiko who waited for his owner at the train station every day. He did this for nine years!
The heaviest aki on record weighed 155 lb. It is amazing that such a large dog can be so gentle and loving!
If you are looking for a dog that loves you more than anything else in the world and one that will protect you from everything then an aki is definitely for you. These dogs can make great pets if you are willing to spend time with them and show them that you are their pack leader. They may be independent sometimes, but they always love you no matter what and they will always be happy to see you when you get home!
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