Temper of the Akita
Looking at the origin and use of the Akita in his home land it springs to mind that this breed naturally thinks independently and acts with courage. When, for example, he faces a bear during a hunt, he must act fast, independently and with courage without having to wait for instructions from his master. Do not be deceived by the Akita’s somewhat phlegmatic appearance, if necessary he can transform from a duck into a Ferrari within seconds.
The Akita is very human-oriented and loves his family above everything. However, he enjoys his peace when there are many visitors present. If not left alone when he chooses so, then it’s possible that he might snap. But, as always the personalities can vary. Our male Akita, for example, prefers his peace, whereas two of our bitches cannot get enough affection from us and our other two bitches are of rather neutral behaviour.
If you’re used to a German Shepherd then an Akita’s personality differs quite a bit from it.
With an Akita you always have the impression to be in a slow-motion movie. When, for example we want to demonstrate the command “sit” in front of some visitors, then they regularly break out in laughter.
If you are under time pressure to get from point A to B, then often you seem unable to hurry the Akita. The dog seems to sense the stress, therefore keeps more distance between him and his master and impossible to hurry up. Only when the master relaxes the Akita does too.