Recognised as a Natural Monument in Japan and hailed in America and the UK as a dignified and courageous companion and guard dog, the Akita has fascinated man for thousands of years. The largest of the Japanese spitz breeds, the Akita is a strong-minded, strong-bodied canine with a naturally dominant air and an aloofness that is all its own. For the right owner and family, the Akita offers rewards beyond expectations, as he enlightens, entertains and protects the humans he so devotedly loves. Written by the top two Akita experts in the Western world, Barbara BJ Andrews of the OBJ kennels in the United Stated and Meg Purnell-Carpenter of the Overhill kennels in the UK, this book offers new owners decades of experience in the Akita breed that cannot be matched. Both Mrs Andrews and Mrs Carpenter have bred, raised and shown champions and are counted among the most respected professionals in the international dog fancy. This book provides the much-needed factual information about the Akitas ancestry in Japan, its importation to the US and UK, the breed character and standard, as well as proper selection, feeding, basic obedience and house-training and preventative health care. The new owner will welcome advice about puppy-proofing the home, general safety and preventing potential puppy problems, the importance of socialization and vital health considerations for the Akita. In addition to an authoritative, lively text, this book presents over 135 photographs in full colour, which prove to be as informative as they are attractive. Helpful hints and important information are highlighted to provide easy access to everything the reader needs to know about life with an Akita. Topics discussed include: History of the Akita; Characteristics of the Akita; The Akita Breed Standard; The Akita puppy; Everyday care of the Akita; Training your Akita; Health care of your Akita; Your senior Akita; Showing your Akita.