Akita Inu Breed Maintenance
Although the Akita is a clean dog that grooms regularly, you should brush them at least once a week to keep them from shedding too much. Just a short brushing with a soft brush is sufficient. They do not need to be bathed unless they get unusually dirty since they do most of their own grooming. A shampoo once every few months is suggested. This attractive dog sheds quite heavily a few times per year. Because of this, they are not considered hypoallergenic. It is always a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth once a day but you should ask your veterinary care provider for tips; they will recommend a dog-safe toothpaste. Pay special attention to your pup’s eyes because they are prone to many eye conditions. Call your veterinarian if there is any whiteness, redness, or discharge from the eyes. This vivacious dog needs plenty of exercise and you should plan to take them for a brisk walk or jog daily as well as allow them to run in a large fenced yard. In fact, they can (and prefer to) live outside in colder climates. Provide shelter (like a dog house), shade, and plenty of water for your furry buddy while outside. They like to play and hunt, especially in the winter when it snows. Because they are so large and have a lot of energy, they get hungry fast and tend to eat too quickly. The veterinarian can recommend a special bowl to help with this habit and can prescribe a feeding schedule. It is suggested that you feed your dog twice a day to total about six cups of food per day, depending on their size. A premium commercial dog food with meat as the first ingredient should be fed with fresh food as well. Cubed vegetables such as peas, carrots, potatoes, and yams; hard-boiled eggs, and rice are good fresh foods to feed your companion.