Loyal, friendly, and obedient, the Akita Pit is easy to train and makes a great family pet as they get along with people of all ages, including children, and other pets as well. An offshoot from an Akita and an American Pitbull Terrier, this Akita Pit is a loving addition to any home, especially if you’re looking for an alert dog who can be stubborn at times.
Akita Pit History
The Akita Pit is a modern breed, created sometime in the late 1990s, and there is not much known about its history, other the long history of its parents. The Akita originated in Japan in the early 1700s, specifically developed to be a large, versatile hunting dog. Over the years the Akita has been ingrained into Japanese culture that extends to today. The first Akita was brought to the United States by Helen Keller, who received one as a gift.
The American Pitbull has an interesting history beginning in the early 19th century, when bull and terrier breeds were created for bull and bear baiting. After being deemed inhumane and illegal in 1835 people began to fight dogs. They wanted to create a breed that wouldn’t bite humans, so that they could stop the fights without getting hurt. Thus, began the life of the Pitbull. The American Kennel Club recognized the American Pitbull Terrier as a purebred in the 1930s, however wanted to shy away from the stigma attached, so they are referred to as American Staffordshire Terriers in the AKC.
Akita Pit Characteristics
The Akita Pit has a solid, muscular build that it inherits from both parent breeds. They have a short coat that can vary in density and thickness, depending on the predominant genes from its parents. Akita Pit coats can be found in fawn, white, blue, black, and brindle in color.
The males and females of this medium sized breed can both reach sizes of about 22 inches, but there is a vast difference in weight. Males can reach up to 66 – 70 pounds, with the females averaging around 59 pounds.
Akita Pit Temperament/Personality
The Akita Pit is an independent breed and has been known to be stubborn. Obedience training will be important for this breed as they will continually try to dominate the relationship between them and their owner. Akita Pits are great with people, including children, and other pets. They are eager to please and are a loyal breed who tend to be protective of their family.
Caring for Akita Pit
Caring for an Akita Pit is relatively easy as they don’t require a lot of maintenance. Socialization and training are important for this breed as they will become bored, and can become destructive, without it.
Akita Pit Nutrition
Akita Pits should be fed a high-quality kibble that is formulated for medium to large sized dogs, with about a medium activity level. They have a tendency to gain weight if they are over fed, so if you see that your Akita Pit is starting to grow outwards, you may want to cut back on portion sizes slightly, and ensure that there is no food left out for them during the day.
Akita Pit Grooming
Akita Pits don’t shed much, however, they are not classified as hypoallergenic dogs. A weekly brushing, and bathing when needed, should be enough grooming for this breed. Grooming is a great opportunity to bond with your Akita Pit as they will have to get used to sitting still for a period and having physical contact.
Akita Pit Activity Levels
The Akita Pit is an energetic and active breed who benefits from regular physical and mental exercise. Akitas need to be mentally and physically stimulated, and physical exercise is important for Pitbulls as well, so it’s no surprise that these traits have passed down to their mixed descendent.
Akita Pit Maintenance
Akita Pits have very little maintenance overall. As with other breeds of hybrids, and purebreds alike, oral health care is important. Brushing your Akita Pit’s teeth regularly will help keep their mouths free from dental issues.
Nail trimming can be completed as needed.
Akita Pit Health
There are a few health concerns when it comes to the Akita Pit. Some major concerns are hip dysplasia, heart disease, and progressive retinal atrophy. Some more minor issues that your Akita Pit may come across are patellar luxation, elbow dysplasia, cataracts, pemphigus, sebaceous adenitis, bloat, and hypothyroidism.
On average, an Akita Pit should be able to live 10 – 12 years, which is the overall canine average as well.
Breeds Similar to Akita Pit
- American Pitbull Terrier