Aki-Poo

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40-115 lbs
15-28"
Unknown
Akidoodle, Pookita, Akitapoo

The Aki-Poo is a mix between the Akita and the Standard Poodle. Dogs of the breed vary in size depending upon their parents and can reach a height of anywhere between 15 to 28 inches and weigh between 45 and 120 pounds. Typically, the Aki-Poo will have a strong and sturdy build, with ears that can be either floppy or erect. The coat of the Aki-Poo can resemble that of either parent. Dogs of the hybrid can inherit courage, loyalty, affection and intelligence from the breeds of its parents, creating a dog with a playful and easygoing personality.  The Aki-Poo is typically easy to train and can do well with children, though as with the Akita, it may not do well with very small kids. A dog with a lot of energy, the Aki-Poo will require daily long walks and outdoor activity for its physical and emotional health.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Akita, Poodle

Aki-Poo Health

Average Size
Height: 15-28 inches Weight: 45-120 lbs
Height: 15-28 inches Weight: 40-115 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
  • Pemphigus
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Bloat
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Blood
  • Dna Test For Vwd
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Aki-Poo Breed History

The hybrid called the Aki-Poo is a new breed of dog that does not have a detailed history. However, the two breeds that combine to make the Aki-Poo, have long histories.Officially, the Poodle is recognized as originating in France and it is thought that its earlier ancestors were dogs with curly coats from Asia. At first, the Poodle was a water dog; in France it was known for its duck-hunting abilities. The breed has served man well as a guide dog, guard dog, service dog and performing dog. The ancestors of the Akita were called matagi-inu which means “hunting dog”. Often used as fighting dogs, in the late 1800’s they were crossed with other breeds in order to improve fighting ability. In 1927, the Akita-Inu Hozonkai Society of Japan was formed with a goal of preserving the original Akita and in 1931 the breed was given the designation of a national treasure of Japan. This handsome canine became more common in the United States after WW II when soldiers returning from serving in Japan brought the dogs with them. Today, we often see them working as guard dogs or as a part of law enforcement. 

Aki-Poo Breed Appearance

The Aki-Poo is a hybrid dog from the Akita and Poodle, and can average in size anywhere from 40 to 120 pounds and stand fifteen to twenty-eight inches in height. This is a large variance for this hybrid because size will be dependent upon that of their parents (the Poodle parent in particular can range greatly in height and weight). The coat of the Aki-Poo can resemble that of the Akita, who sports a short, thick, dense double coat, or the Poodle who tends to have a thick and wiry texture to the fur. Color can be any shade that presents on an Akita or Poodle. A sturdily built hybrid, the ears of the Aki-Poo can either be erect or floppy. This hybrid will often have a dark muzzle and small eyes, with curly and fluffy tails. 

Aki-Poo Breed Maintenance

The Aki-Poo will likely have moderate shedding and will require regular brushing. How much shedding will be dependent on whether the coat is more like that of a Poodle, who is not a shedder or an Akita who is. Should the coat be more like a Poodle’s, brushing will still be necessary, as the shedding hair will stick to the dog’s coat until removed. The maintenance of a Poodle includes trimming, brushing and shampooing (with a dog shampoo), while the Akita requires regular brushing. Dogs of the breed should have their teeth brushed regularly to ensure long term dental health and their nails should be trimmed as needed. Like many other dogs, the Aki-Poo will require training from a young age (eight to twelve weeks of age). Easy to train, basic commands will come easily to this intelligent, curious hybrid. Behavior training will help your dog avoid developing bad habits. Patience is required when you are training your dog. It is likely that you will have to repeat the command multiple times and negative reinforcement is not recommended. Do your best to avoid keeping any frustration that you feel out of your voice. Your dog will sense you are growing frustrated and can associate training with making you unhappy. Regular exercise is important for your Aki-Poo’s physical and emotional health.

Aki-Poo Temperament

The Aki-Poo can inherit personality traits from the Akita and the Poodle. Like the Akita, the Aki-Poo can be very protective of their families, allowing dogs of the breed to make excellent watch and guard dogs. The Aki-Poo may be vocal without barking extensively, like the Poodle. This hybrid combination produces dogs that are typically affectionate, loyal, lively, easy-going and playful. When properly socialized, the Aki-Poo enjoys playing with children and can do well with other household pets. Like the Akita, the Aki-Poo may struggle with younger kids (toddler and infant), particularly if they were not raised with one another. If the Aki-Poo inherits the intelligence of the parent breeds, he will be very trainable and eager to learn. If the Aki-Poo is not trained and is left alone for long periods, he can develop destructive behavior and experience separation anxiety. Like the Poodle, the Aki-Poo can enjoy retrieving and water activities. Obedience training and agility practice will be ideal for this energetic canine. The Aki-Poo can be vocal, but not bark extensively.

Aki-Poo Activity Requirements

The Aki-Poo, like the Akita and Poodle, has a lot of energy and requires significant physical activity to maintain good physical and emotional health. Daily exercise in the form of a long walk (at least 30 minutes), jog or hike will be important for your dog. Access to a fenced-in yard is helpful in order to allow them an area where they can run and play. Supervision is a must as is recommended with all dogs, in order to prevent injury or unexpected escape when interest in piqued. Your dog may also enjoy swimming, playing fetch and games that involve tugging. Opportunities to use his herding and hunting instincts will also be important for your dog.

Aki-Poo Owner Experiences