Moulting of the Akita
in general, moulting occurs twice a year, and is extensive. With intensive brushing during this period, however, this is soon forgotten. During this time, clumps of hair can accumulate in the house, but this can easily be tidied away by hand. Apart from this, the Akita coat does not need a lot of care
In our experience, the Akita’s fur can easily be removed from clothing by rolling a ball of hair over the affected area. The hair is then easily removed, in comparison to short haired breeds, whose hair sticks to clothing and can only be removed by tiresome plucking.
The Akita is also very pleasant when wet, giving off almost no odour, unlike our German Shepherd! Dirt falls out of the coat on its own when dry. Our dog is now 8 years old, and has only been seriously bathed twice, for important shows. On both occasions this was a far from straightforward endeavour, even with a whole bottle of shampoo we didn’t manage to get him even half way wet and soapy! The undercoat of the Akita is extremely dense, which makes it nearly impossible to wet through to the skin.