Ten Most Interesting Akita Inu Facts

The Akita Inu, the pride of Japan, is actually the biggest of all six native Japanese dog breeds – others being the Shiba Inu, Kai Ken, Shikoku, Hokkaido, and the Kishu. This is an incredibly beautiful Spitz-type dog that is best known after its great strength, amazing loyalty and dominant attitude. Indeed, the Akitas are above anything else very tough, powerful, brave, determined, athletic, agile, and hardy, but also very intelligent, docile, resourceful and independent. They make wonderful family dogs, but are also known as superb guard dogs and watchdogs. Yep, the Japanese Akita is very territorial, very protective, and ready to give its life in defense of its family. Considering how large, strong and heavy these dogs actually are (males up to 26 inches (66 cm) height and 122 pounds (55 kg) weight), it’s not hard to guess that strangers can be in serious trouble if enter the owner’s property unannounced. So, if you own this dog you should definitely put a proper ‘beware of dog’ warning on your front gate! Apart from that, this dog is usually not willing to share its space with too many other animals. That’s why it is of great importance that you socialize and train your dog in obedience as soon as possible. Of course, it will take you some time to have your Akita well-mannered and well-behaved, but once you get the job done, it will be a pure joy to share your living space with this wonderful and authentic dog. And now let’s take a look at our list of ten most interesting Akita Inu facts. Continue Reading →

Information On Japanese Akita Dog Characteristics And Traits

If you didn’t know, Inu is a Japanese word for dog. It is often associated with all breeds originating from Japan. One of the most famous of them all is certainly Akita Inu or Matagi dog, a hunting dog in Japanese. It is the biggest of all Japanese Spitz dogs. There are actually two types of Akita dogs – the original breed also known as Japanese Akita Ken, and American Akita, developed from the original breed after the World War II. In this particular article we will examine the original breed. So, what are the main Japanese Akita dog characteristics? There are many of them, but the most distinguishable are loyalty, intelligence, strength, agility, courage, calmness, stubbornness, and endurance. The single look at these reveals that this breed’s a typical representative of the primitive dogs group. Of course, it has its own traits, which I’ll go through later in the text. Continue Reading →

The Real Story Of The Most Loyal Dog Hachikō

I am sure many of you, dear readers have heard at least something about this incredible story. Well, how couldn’t you, this is probably one of the most famous and touching real dog stories ever. It tells us about the life and loyalty of one special dog, the man’s best friend in any sense. So, who is actually this loyal dog? Hachikō was an Akita Inu, born on November 10, 1923, on a farm near Ōdate, the city in Akita prefecture, Japan. Just a few months later, in the first quarter of 1924 actually, he was brought to Tokyo by Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor of arable land readjustment at the University of Tokyo. This marked the beginning of a true friendship that will later inspire millions of people across the whole world. This touching tale is the best proof that dogs are the only animals who love men more than themselves. Continue Reading →

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (MOVIE)

Release date: 13 June 2009 (USA)
Director: Lasse Hallström
Writers: Stephen P. Lindsey (screenplay), Kaneto Shindô (screenplay for the original Japanese movie “Hachikō Monogatari“)
Stars: Richard Gere, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Joan Allen, and others.
Runtime: 93 min

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” is a heartbreaking movie of the great loyalty between the dog and its owner. It is based on a true story, which originally took place in Japan, in Shibuya, Tokyo. The story’s main protagonist was a dog Hachikō, which is in this American movie adaptation of the incredible story called Hachi. In the main role is the famous Hollywood star Richard Gere, who plays a professor Parker Wilson, an American counterpart of the actual professor Hidesaburō Ueno, Hachikō’s owner. Peter’s wife Cate Wilson is nicely played by Joan Allen, while Hachi is portrayed by three Akita Inu dogs, Layla, Chico, and Forrest. Strangely, for the role of a small Hachi they used a Shiba Inu puppy. I’m still trying to figure out why. Maybe because a small Shiba Inu is prettier, or maybe because it resembles the grown-up Akita Inu look more closely. Not sure. Continue Reading →