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Akita

Akita is a breed of large Japanese dog that originated from Akita prefecture. Akitas have been known in Japan for at least 400 years and are considered a national treasure. The Akita has an independent nature, strong willed personality and sometimes intense gaze that can be intimidating to strangers. Akitas require early socialization with people and other pets in their family. Akita breeders recommend Akitas be fed a high quality protein diet with low-carbohydrate vegetables to prevent hip dysplasia, obesity and other health problems. Akitas are generally healthy dogs but there are some inherited diseases that Akitas may get such as hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, autoimmune thyroiditis, progressive retinal atrophy and congenital cataracts. Akitas have a life expectancy of 10-12 years but may live as long as 15 years or more.