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Akita's in a mixed pack 16 Jan 2012 10:32 #2735

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Hi,

I am new to the website and the forum, and I am looking for some advice on akitas in general.

I have been working with dogs for over 4 years now (I have volunteered at a greyhound rescue, worked at boarding kennels and now run a dog walking business). I have 3 dogs already - all large sighthounds and all are very calm and laid back. My dogsd only need an hour of walking each day but they are often out for longer than this due to the fact that I am in and out all day dog walking.

My boyfriend and I met an Akita puppy who is up to be rehomed soon and to be honest we fell completely in love with him - we would love to meet him again and see if we could give him a suitable home, however I have read a lot of conflicting information about Akitas and other dogs and would like some info from people who have a lot of experience with this breed. I have worked with a couple of Akitas before but have never owned one. It has always been my belief that if a dog is properly socialised it can get along with any animal (2 of my dogs are safe with cats and one has even been around pet rats safely!), however a lot of the Akita info says that Akitas should not be around other dogs and should never be off lead - is this the case or is it just misinformed people focusing on the bad points of the breed?

Any help would be much appreciated!

Jam

Re: Akita's in a mixed pack 16 Jan 2012 10:37 #2736

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Akita's certainly can live with other dogs if introduced correctly. At one point we had three Akita's and an elderly boxer with no problems at all. Sadly our boxer passed and we just have the three amigos now

As for off lead, they do have a very high prey drive and if something catches their eye they are gone, totally deaf to recall. However there are a small number that can be let off lead but personally I would not recommend it.

Re: Akita's in a mixed pack 16 Jan 2012 11:15 #2738

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We have been advised that the puppy has been very well socialised so far and we would definitely want to keep this up. I also understand about the prey drive - my sighthounds are just as bad! I have one who is off-lead all the time but the other two are very tricky, one can't be trusted around small fluffy things at all and can jump 6 feet plus so is always on lead. The third has being doing off lead training for about 3 months now and is great until she sees a rabbit then you pretty much have to wait til she's bored of them to get her back. There is an area near to where I live where I can take all of the dogs and let them have a good run - it's totally enclosed and you can see in advance if anyone else comes in so that would be good for letting the dog off.

How much exercise in general do they need? I have read that they are relatively laid-back and although they don't need hours and hours of vigorous exercise they do need enough to stop them from getting bored and restless - this sounds a lot like sighthounds which is why I think he'd get on well with my dogs.

thanks!

Re: Akita's in a mixed pack 16 Jan 2012 15:31 #2748

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I've had my two girls eleven years now and in my opinion alot of what you read is true.They are a very dominant breed and although if they grow up with other dogs or cats they are normally fine but it's the strange dogs that come up and invade their space that seem to be the problem!As long as you are aware...also often this doesnt manifest till they are one or two,ie maturing...as for the prey drive...its high in my girls so i dont let them off as they'd dissapear into the sunset haha...about the safest place is a beach near us called camber in the middle of winter when its pouring,ie no people!haha...good luck

Re: Akita's in a mixed pack 18 Jan 2012 22:04 #2801

Hi & welcome.....when I adopted Maya(she was two), she had lived with two cats with her previous owner, I have a Chihuhua called Scoobie & immediately they got along, also my daughter has 3 dogs one Akita Cross, one long haired Akita & a Staffie...although she dosn't live with me, when I visit her or vice versa they're all girls & get on really well together & there is no fighting (except for play) at all...no aggresssion...my eldest son has a male GSD & she gets on well with him & my youngest son(who's living with me at the mo') has a male Rottie & they get on so well, in fact they never stop playing.....I don't think you will have any problems if you introduce them correctly...any signs of dominence nip it in the bud straight away....oh & my advice never let them off the lead in public....not unless you want to complete a marathon!!!!...my Maya can even climb over the garden fence!!...nightmare!!!...hope all goes well & they settle in well together.....Pam Maya & Scoobie

Re: Akita's in a mixed pack 12 Feb 2012 23:12 #3512

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have to agree with the other posts..

akitas if socialised correctly are usually fine in a mixed pack.
we have two akitas & two cavs, the only time the sniff of trouble is when high reward treats are involved such as bones where my male will bully and woe betide any of them that go near him - solution either they dont get them or bully boy is banished outside!

its usually strange dogs that mine dont like
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