know exactly what size, colour and temperament of Akita you will get.
of our Alumni members reports that he wanted a female Akita who was not
too big and that would get along with his older male. He got exactly that
and more. His new girl is just 16 months old, tiny, beautiful, gentle and
a marvelous companion for his boy who has restricted mobility. The adoption
took place more than a year ago now and all is well.
health problems manifest by the age of two. Any dog over two - and healthy
- is more likely to stay that way. Our members who have lost their Akitas
at an early age say that “they wish they could have known that a dreaded
disease was going to strike their puppy”. But they had no way of knowing
that information. Only time would tell.
cost of adoption is a mere fraction of that for a new puppy.
the additional costs of vet and food bills, many people find the rising
cost of purchasing a puppy is just not in the budget. While they feel confident
that they can afford the upkeep of the dog, they feel that a large cash
output upon purchase is just too difficult.
adopted Akitas are already housetrained and have some obedience training.
of our members who adopted an Akita reported incredible results in obedience
class. Upon investigation, it was revealed that this Akita already had
passed several obedience classes. The adoptive home had a ready-made obedience
dog who may be soon entered into competitive obedience. If you don’t have
the time or energy for socializing, training and working with a puppy,
consider an older “ready-made” companion.
and Temperament checks have been conducted.
and any other reputable rescue group will have a complete health check
on each incoming Akitas. Mostly, rescuers report that the main health problem
they encounter is a thyroid dysfunction which is a simple pill twice a
day for effective life-long relief. The other advantage to the screening
is in the area of temperament. Because the dog is usually in the rescue
shelter for a few weeks or longer, testing and observation in different
situations assure adopters that the dog will be matched to their individual
rescue groups will take the dog back at any time. They do not want the
animal to end up in a public shelter or worse. These groups all offer support
as problems arise during the Akita’s life. This network of support, advice
and referrals is very important in a successful adoption. The confidence
of knowing that their is help available has kept many Akitas from being