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    Default Where to find Akita puppies?

    Hi guys! A friend of mine has been looking to buy an Akita puppy lately after watching Hachiko movie. If ever she gets one, this will be the first time she will have a pup so we wanted to buy from someone who could assist her well on starting to raise this pup. I can't do that because I have lots of things to do as well. Sadly I don't know a breeder who has akita. Been searching online and found some websites here in Oz like this and some others but I'm not sure how credible they are.
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    Hachiko is certainly a lovely movie, but should not be the reason for choosing one breed over another.

    After the move Finding Nemo was released, hundreds of clown fish were subjected to unnecessary deaths as uneducated parents bought their children clown fish as pets after seeing the movie. They wanted their own Nemo but clownfish have specific care requirements that the children and parents did not continue.

    Akitas aren't your novice dog breed. They are a strong and powerful breed and require a lot of work to achieve and maintain the desired temperament. Obviously a reputable breeder is also key.
    If your friend has done her research and still thinks the dog is the breed for her then I'd suggest she look into Akita dog clubs and go to shows and ask questions of the breeders. Get her feelers out there and start making connections.

    Perhaps dogzonline might be a place to start. I'm sure someone else can clarify this for you...

    Good Luck with your search.

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    The Pawfectionist's post above has basically said exactly my train of thought on this topic.

    Please make sure your friend is doing her research into what dog she wants, there is honestly nothing worse than choosing a breed of dog that is too intense for the handler. I've seen this happen with a young girl who wanted an Alaskan Malamute - it was a very bad idea.

    As TP said, Akita's are in general not a first time dog, they are not an easy dog to work with (despite what the movie Hatchiko portrays).

    If your friend does her research and believes she can truly handle the exercise, training and socilisation requirements of this breed then i would suggest she looks on Dogzonline and contacts a breeder from there. The breeder will probably have an opinion on whether your friend can handle an Akita anyway haha

    Good luck to your friend

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    There is nothing worse than a badly trained Akita with an owner not strong enough to handle.

    That would be your friend as first time owner of dog choosing an Akita. Yikes.

    Not sure these are for first time owners either but at least they're small enough to be manageable eg
    shiba inu - like an akita only smaller
    Japanese spitz - they just don't get cuter than this.
    Norwegian elk hound - like a husky only smaller.
    Keeshund - also like a husky but smaller
    Finnish Lapphund - like a small husky but so super affectionate and smoochy.

    What is it about the Hachiko dog she liked - maybe we can recommend something a little bit more manageable with similar character.

    As far as character cute dogs go - you can't do better than a border terrier.

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    Maybe a good place to start.

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    This breed is not for the novice owner...just like other breeds who are not like those seen in movies. Reminds me of the movie 101 Dalmatians every one wanted one (not me)... 12 mths later pounds and shelters are full of them and backyard breeders and puppy mills made a killing.
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    I am an experienced dog owner/handler.....and all the dogs I have had have turned out to be much the same, including an Alaskan Malamute, except for the Akita. I acquired a male pup from a reputable breeder, and he was the sweetest thing, great with kids, cats and all humans. As he grew he became very protective of me, and one morning he attacked Tara, the next morning.....he attacked her again. I tried my level best to change this part of him, but I knew the time had come to give up when he backed my mother into a corner and gave her 'the look'. I had to have him put to sleep. Please talk your friend out of an Akita, and if she absolutely must have one.....get a female.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaraGSX View Post
    And if she absolutely must have one.....get a female.
    I do see where you're coming from, and what a terrible situation with your Akita
    I would have thought that if a dog has tendencies to be aggressive, gender wouldn't be a contributing factor. Perhaps the higher testosterone levels in males may enhance any tendencies that are already there, but i would have thought most of it would be based on what breeding line the dog is from and its personality (and of course how it was raised) Perhaps others can enlighten me here.

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    You always hear the owners of aggressive dogs who maul children say that the dog had never done it before, and what a huge shock it was. It was a shock to me when Tommy 'turned' like that. I got him from the breeder for free, as he was born with long hair, and because my brother had bought a really impressive female Akita from her. I also knew a woman with a female Akita that was a very placid dog. I have only had one other male dog - the Malamute, same upbringing and treatment....and I never had any aggression issues with him. Sadly he also had to be put to sleep as he had numerous health and medical issues that , despite lengthy and expensive treatment, only got worse. I doubt I would get another male dog.......I realise ill health and aggression aren't confined to males......unless, maybe, it was a little fluff ball type of dog!

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    It is true that in serious or fatal dog attacks - about 80% of them - involve an undesexed male dog - usually a very powerful breed. Lots of different breeds and mixes but they have in common - undesexed and male.

    But my ACD desexed female is becoming quite protective. And she's not allowed to say hello to the lawnmower man any more - even tho she finds him very exciting and will roll over for him, he's not allowed to leave.

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    Mmm fair enough. Of all the reactive/aggressive dogs i know/knew/have heard of i'd say it was roughly 50/50 male and female. Maybe i'm just biased because i prefer male dogs From my experience, a lot of female dogs tend to be quite bitchy with other dogs (pun not intended, haha) But i guess it really does depend on every individual dog, not really something anyone can make a blanket statement about

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