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  • Akitas

    Hi All – I’m new to this forum.

    I have been looking to get another dog as:

    1. A companion to Sherman, my 3-yr old English Springer Spaniel, and

    2. An anti-Sherman – Sherman’s a lovable goofball, but an absolutely abysmal watchdog. I’d like whatever dog I get to at least bark & give me some sort of indication that someone’s coming (Sherman just runs quietly to the door with his tail wagging and tongue hanging out).

    I had been considering an Akita, but I’ve backed off that somewhat. There are a couple of Akitas in my neck of the woods, and they both appear to be hyper-aggressive. I’ve done some research, and it appears that they’re extremely predatory. I was raised with Bouviers, so I’m comfortable with assertive dogs, but I’m not sure I could trust an Akita to be unsupervised. If anyone has experience with the breed, I’d love to hear it!

    In any event, as I was looking into Akitas, I came across the following tribute:

    TOKYO, JAPAN - Loyalty, faithfulness and unconditional love are qualities that have earned dogs the title of "man's best friend". One particular Akita dog took these qualities to such an extreme, he has earned a place in the hearts of all Japanese people, and has kept that place for over sixty years!

    Nestled amid hoards of harried commuters, a variety of shops and department stores, and a giant television screen that covers half a skyscraper, a life sized bronze statue of a dog can be found at Tokyo's busy Shibuya Train Station. Despite the diminutive size of the statue in comparison to the massive neon flash of the city, it isn't difficult to find. Millions of Tokyoites have been meeting at the landmark since 1934 and continue to do so today.

    Chu-ken Hachiko (lit. the faithful dog Hachiko) was born in Akita in 1923 and was first brought to Tokyo in 1924. He and his owner, Mr. Eisaburo Uyeno, were inseparable friends right from the start. Each day "Hachi" would accompany Eisaburo, a professor at the Imperial University, to the train station when he left for work. Upon returning, the professor would find the dog patiently waiting, tail wagging. This happy routine continued until one fateful day in 1925, when the professor was taken ill on the job and unfortunately died before he could return home.

    Despite the fact that Hachiko was less than two years old at the time, the bond between dog and owner was strong. Hachiko continued to wait each day at Shibuya station for a friend who was never coming back. At times, he wouldn't return home for days at a stretch.

    The Akita became a familiar sight to commuters as he kept his vigil for over ten years. On March 8, 1935, Hachiko finally went to meet his master. He died on the very same spot he last saw his friend alive.

    The people who passed the loyal dog each day were so touched by his story that they erected a statue in his honor in 1934. The famous artist Ando Teru was commissioned for the original bronzed sculpture, which was melted down during the war.

    After the war, Hachiko was hardly forgotten. In 1948 The Society For Recreating The Hachiko Statue commissioned Ando Tekeshi, son of the original artist who has since passed away, to make a second statue.

    Being a dog lover, the Hachiko statue has become an important pilgrimage for me each time I find myself in Tokyo. During my last visit with "Hachi," I encountered an old man who had also come to pay his respects. He told me in broken English "I knew him. I used to bring him treats. The station was much smaller then." With that he approached the statue, gave it a friendly pat, wiped a tear from his eye and slowly walked away.

    Though Hachiko stood only two feet tall and weighed 92 pounds, the message he left on the importance of good friends is enormous. Hachiko's life has been portrayed in a book and motion picture (The Hachiko Story). Travelers going through Shibuya station can buy gifts and souvenirs of their favorite canine at the Hachiko Memorial Store called Shibuya No Shippo or "Tail of Shibuya." A colorful mosaic of Akitas at play covers the nearby wall of the station.

    Hachiko may be gone but he will never be forgotten. The story behind the statue is one that has endured and continually warms the hearts of locals and tourists alike.

  • #2
    Akitas are good watch dogs, but also very stubborn dogs. You will need to devote a lot of time to training and working with them. They also are not great with other dogs that they are not raised with and can be very aggressive to strange dogs. If you are familair with more aggressive breeds then you understand the importance of being "alpha". If you allow it, an Akita will walk all over you....


    • #3
      Re: Akitas

      I think Akita Inu is a good choice for you. This breed is known for its loyalty as the legendary Hachiko dog. I breed many Akita dogs in Vietnam. You will be perfectly happy to have an Akita dog for a friendly, independent and very loving owner. You can find out more about this wonderful breed
      Last edited by Dogily; 01-17-2019, 05:25 AM.
      Dogily. My dog is family. My dog is not a pet.


      • #4
        Re: Akitas

        Akitas are great dogs, and definitely super loyal but like mentioned above they are very dominant dogs. They are well-known for not getting along well with other dogs. It's actually in their breed temperament you can check it out here: