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. The Akita 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 and what you should use to clean them with. You should not use toothpaste unless recommended by the veterinarian. Pay special attention to your Akita’s eyes because they are prone to many eye conditions. Call your veterinarian if there is any whiteness, redness, or discharge from the eyes. The Akita needs plenty of exercise and you should plan to take your dog for a brisk walk or jog daily as well as allowing him to run in a large fenced yard. In fact, they can (and prefer to) live outside in colder climates. You should provide shelter (like a dog house), shade, and plenty of water for your Akita while outside. They like to play and hunt, especially in the winter when it snows. Akitas love the snow. Because Akitas are so large and have so much 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 recommend a feeding schedule. It is suggested that you feed your Akita twice a day to total about six cups of food per day, depending on the size of your dog. 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 Akita.