The Akita Inu Dogs are one of the most beautiful calm yet powerful and strong dogs. They are native Japanese dogs and have a long history – luckily, as they almost became extinct during World War II. During the war the winters were very harsh and the north was isolated, food and amenities were rationed to poor everything into the war machinery. The unfortunate side affect of this was that dogs were not allowed to be kept, particularly Akita’s as they eat so much and also the dogs were killed for their coats. The Akita fur is thick and resilient in the snow so it was considered a prize accessorie by many officers in the japanese army. If it wasn’t for the ‘Dog Man’ of northern Japan we may no longer have Akitas to admire. To learn more of their plight and beauty of the Akita Inu Dog Breed I recommend reading ‘Dog Man: An uncommon life on a faraway mountain’.
The Akita’s like so many other stoic dog breeds was bred as a fighting and hunting dog so they still carry that spirit with them today. It’s important to be aware of as they will benefit and repay you a thousand times with loyalty if you train the Akita well. There staunch stance and tall height with piercing eyes and raised tails certainly does contribute to their handsome reputation.
Of course Akita Inu Dog Breed was also made famous by the story of Hatchiko. Known in Japan as Chūken Hachikō (忠犬ハチ公 “faithful dog Hachikō” [‘hachi’ meaning ‘eight’, a number referring to the dog’s birth order in the litter, and ‘kō’, meaning prince or duke])
Hatchiko is wearing a harness and i’m sure he would have looked beautiful in a Leroy Madison Designer Dog Collar and Designer Dog Lead. I think we could design a dog collar and dog lead that is inspired by Hatchiko… Hmm what sort of dog collar or dog lead would you design?