Shiba Inu and Akitas look alike. They have the same stature, color and share a lot of their characteristics. The Shiba Inu has a long history dating back more than a thousand years. This is the common trait of independence and intelligence.
This doesn't mean they are not loyal. It is quite the opposite. A Shiba Inu may be more loyal than other dogs. The problem is their loyalty is not that easy to get. It needs to be taken from the Shiba Inu with a strong hand and a firm no. They do respond to positive reinforcement but they still need to know who their leader is, much like an Akita.
Unlike an Akita, The Shiba Inu breeders grow dogs smaller in stature, growing up to 14 to 17 inches from the floor to its shoulder. Its weight will be around 23 lbs. for adults.
The Akita is another breed that originated in ancient Japan. Genetically speaking, the Akita is one of the most ancient of dog breeds in the world. Next to the Shiba Inu, which was its probable source, these are the most ancient breeds in Japan.
The Akita has a long and eventful history. It has gone through several wars and at a point was at the brink of extinction. It was originally bred for hunting purposes where it was used to hunt down deer, Black bear and other animals. This is where they gained their fierceness.
Before the First World War they were even used by samurais in dog fights to maintain their bloodlust at a time when there was no fighting. That eventually stopped when the emperor disallowed dog fighting in Japan, to avoid cruelty to animals.
After the war, Akitas and other dogs were killed excessively to make coats. The remaining Akitas were bred with German Shepherds that the conquering Americans had. A few pure bred Akitas survived this decade. After this decade the love affair with Akitas was renewed and now they are considered national monuments in Japan.
Akita breeders’ dogs are known to have an undesirable temperament and reputation of hard headedness. If their temperament is left unchecked the Akita can be aggressive and destructive at times. This stresses the importance of early training. Training should occur while the Akitas are still pups. This is where a responsible Akita breeder can do wonders for their dogs. Since these dogs need a lot of care it is important they go to a loving home that can attend to the dogs needs.
An Akita is very loyal to its family and would do anything to protect its territory. Once it has bonded with his master and his family, the Akita will go up to the point of protecting you and your family once it has sensed that there is impending danger ahead, and it will protect you with his very own life.
Both the Shiba Inu and Akita breeds are great dogs. It is the responsibility of both Shiba Inu breeders and Akita breeders to make sure that the dogs are well taken care of wherever they go.
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