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The Akita, both American and Japanese are a very powerful, strong willed dog. If a person does not have dog experience, ie: owned a dog and understand that the fundamentals of training and socialization are extremely important; the owner is going to be in for a big surprise. There are breeds of dogs that personalities and behavioral traits are easier for first time dog owners to live with to ease into the dog-owning world. The Akita however, requires that someone have experience and knowledge past a beginner level to be able to handle this breed of dog.
The Akita is an amazing family dog that is very protective of their owners/family. However, they are not for the first time dog owner and need to be trained at an early age and continue to be trained throughout his/her life. They tend to air on the side of dog-on-dog aggression as well. If you feel the Akita works for your family, then the breed sounds fine for you. But if protection is what you are looking for, you may want to contact a trainer whom trains protection dogs and purchase an already trained dog.
Definitely not for a first time dog owner. Great for personal protection. Really needs to be in the house, not a dog that will be content left outside by itself, it needs to be part of the family.
I had a 7 year old Akita male and got a 3 month old male pitbull. I was also concerned that there would be a problem because they both weren't neutered. I introduced the puppy to my Akita very slowly and when there wasn't any aggression shown I took him off the leash but I watched them closely. Needless to say they got along fine except for the occasional growl and posturing which I immediately stopped. The puppy actually brought life back into my Akita as he got older and when he passed 3 years ago my pit bull has never been the same. It's up to the temperament of the Akita. I didn't have a bad experience.
I have a male Akita and got a puppy male Akita. The pup is grown now and they get along.. but some same sex Akita's do and some don't but it's better to have a pup to grow up with then another grown Akita. It's a better chance of them getting along.
The Akita is know for dog-on-dog aggression as that was what they were originally bred for. This breed is not for the 'first time' dog owner. An experience dog owner is the best owner for this breed. The Akita needs a lot of exercise, a lot of training and to be managed by an owner that understands the breed and has done their research.