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EDITORIAL

THE DOG MAGAZINE NO. 03

Match 2016

EDITOR Ewa Larsson LAYOUT DESIGN Snežka Kuralt ADVERTISING DESIGN Ewa Larsson Giota Bouranta Snežka Kuralt INFO: info@ thedog-magazine.com www.thedog-magazine.com

HI, Our goal with this magazine is to promote responsible breeding and dog ownership and to encourage ethical conduct and responsible breeding of purebred dogs. Our vision is to help promote responsible pet ownership and improve the quality of life of every dog show dog or pet. We make it our goal to provide the most up to date and honest

information every dog owner should know.

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STANDARD BREED

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AMERICAN AKITA HISTORY BREED

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JUDGING THE AKITA SHOWS

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FINIGAN AKITAS BREEDER

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KITSUNE AKITAS BREEDER

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JUDGES SHOWS

08 THE AMERICAN AKITA – AN INTERPRETATION OF THE BREED STANDARD STANDARD

If I would have to describe the Akita in one word it would be „proud”, because it gives us a whole picture of how this breed should look like. Be it natural posture or purposeful movement, the pride should stand out in this breed.

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AMERICAN AKITA HISTORY

JUDGING THE AKITA SHOWS

BREED

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FINIGAN AKITAS

KITSUNE AKITAS

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THETEAM EWALARSSON

SNEŽKAKURALT

I first started to be seriously involved in Cynology, when I bought my first Rhodesian ridgeback (Cubo) from breeder Mr. Andrej Fister – Kyala kennel. Since I had had a ridgeback, I wanted to spent some time and communicate with people who own the same breed. So I became involved and was one of the founding members of Club of Rhodesian ridgeback Slovenia. I was chief of organization of our first special show for Rhodesian ridgebacks in Slovenia. The show entered more than 50 dogs, which was a very nice number for such a small country. We even got Mr. Hans Mueller as a judge, for our first club show, even though the show was not CAC awarded. Soon after, I began my apprenticeship for a Cynology judge, and in January 2011 I acquired a license to judge Rhodesian ridgebacks. My name is Ewa Larsson, Britisher Show Bulldogs we are situated in Canterbury, England. My kennel was established in 1992. My bulldogs live with me inside my house and are raised in a loving environment as one of the family. I believe this approach is reflected in the behaviour of my dogs. Health, a correct temperament and dogs of the highest quality are my goal. Between Spring 2006 and Autum 2015, I was on the Bulldog Club Inc committee. The Bulldog Club Inc is the oldest Bulldog club in the world, and holds the prestigious Bulldog of the Year Show. I am a Bulldog Breed Specialist Judge currently on “ B” list.

I currently own two Rhodesian ridgebacks Cubo and Cana. Cubo, his pedigree name is Myollnir Kyala, is one of the most successful show ridgebacks in Slovenia and has always makes me proud. He is eight years old now and he is calm and mostly a gentleman. Cana (Dikeledi Ayaba) is our female ridgeback, 6 years old; she brings joy to my life with her silly stunts and happy nature. Cana was imported from Croatia, from Ayaba kennel. In my free time I make small products for dog owners, mostly for Rhodesian ridgeback lovers and do different graphic designs for all breeds.

GIOTABOURANTA

I am member of : The Bulldog Club Incorporated, The London Bulldog Society, The South of England Bulldog Society, The Junior Bulldog Club. My affix “ Britisher” is derived from a noun Brit·ish·er which stands for: “An Englishman- a subject or inhabitant of Great Britain”. Since 2001, I work as a graphic and web designer. Please feel free to visit my websites. www.britisher.co.uk || www.designbyewa.co.uk

My name is Giota Bouranta and I live in Athens, Greece. I have studied photography at AKTO, Art and Design college. For more than 12 years I work as a professional Dogs photographer. I cooperate with Kennel Clubs, breeds Clubs, working clubs, breeders, trainers and pet owners. A special part of my photos and my heart belongs to the Dobermann breed. It is a great pleasure and honor for me to photograph as a member of the authorized photographers' team 8 times the IDC Sieger Show (the World Championship of Dobermanns) and 7 times the Italian Dobermann Championship, the prestigious Campionato AIAD. Dogs' photography for me is enthralling, capturing wonderful moments of the relationship between humans and their best friend, highlighting in all its glory the beauty and charm of the dog, reminding its contribution to humanity and how respectfully dogs should be treated.

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The American Akita – an interpretation of the breed standard by Blanka Borowiec

Blanka Borowiec FCI Judge Warsaw, Poland http://www.finigan.pl

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The American Akita – an interpretation of the breed standard

If I would have to describe the Akita in one word it would be „proud”.

If I would have to describe the Akita in one word it would be „proud”, because it gives us a whole picture of how this breed should look like. Be it natural posture or purposeful movement, the pride should stand out in this breed. The Akita is the largest amongst all of the spitz-type japanese originated breeds. It was known as the large noble dog, a symbol of courage, agility, associated with the aura of samurai warriors. The ancestors of todays Akitas were known as Matagi Inu ( jap. „hunting dog”) and were kept mainly for hunting large wild game. A pair of Matagi dogs was capable of pulling down a 400kg Yezo bear. Over years of the Tokugawa period, the matagi dogs were cross bred with molloser type dogs such as the Tosa Inu and were used for the blood sport of dog fighting. The breed type was not defined and there was no breed standard until nearly the middle of XX century. For the first time the breed recieved it's name- Akita, in 1931 in Japan, when stated a national monument At first all japanese breeds had one unified breed standard, the only differences amongst the breeds was the size. Later the breed standards were divided into individual breeds and the first official breed standard for the Akita was written in 1934. The FCI, KC and AKC breed standards for the Akita ( American Akita) are all based on the original japanese breed standard. The Akitas of today still have a strong hunting instinct and are very territorial. They have a dominant nature, but with proper care and handling make wonderful and smart family companions. A true Akita is a highly inteligent, self confident balanced dog.

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Pride and dignity are the breeds unique charakteristics

GENERAL IMPRESSION The Akita is described as a „Largesized dog, sturdily built, well balanced, with much substance and heavy bone”. The breed standard puts a large impact on the unique head and proportional powerful structure. The wide head includes well developed cheeks (not only the fur on them) and well filled muzzle, seen from above forms a characteristic blunt triangle. Ears seen from the profile are carried forward almost in line with the arch of the neck. The tail must

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be thick, proportionally long and properly set – carried on top of the back or on the side, it completes the Akita siluhette and is in balance to the impressive head. The head, muzzle, eyes and ears form the unique expression of the Akita. The proportions must be correctly balanced, the eyes in the frame of a triangle and face free of wrinkles to achieve the typical dignified Akita look. Males and females are obviously distinct with proportioned bodies.


The American Akita – an interpretation of the breed standard

The Akita is an athletic dog with visible muscular structure. The breed standard calls for proportional body, moderate angulations and strong, powerful topline. The elbows are in line with the withers, front legs firmly under the body and forechest clearly marked. Rear legs are moderatly angulated and toes naturally firmly standing behind the hip joints. The stance must indicate self-assurence and dignity. We must remember these dogs were bred for a purpose. And had to be able to fight a bear, wild boar or another opponent. As in all breeds, also here it is extreme-

ly important to differ the male from the bitch, whose grace and feminity should be the first impression. Such balanced structure allows these dogs have great power, sturdiness and agility of a great hunter, yet keeping the noble appearence. A distinct head, robust body and the impression of power are the characteristics of the male. A female is smaller with and slightly longer body. Her head is more subtle, with a soft feminine expression allowing us to easily differ her from the male.

The breed standard puts a large impact on the unique head and proportional powerful structure.

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The American Akita – an interpretation of the breed standard

The Akita is an athletic dog with visible muscular structure. The breed standard calls for proportional body, moderate angulations and strong, powerful topline. The elbows are in line with the withers, front legs firmly under the body and forechest clearly marked. Rear legs are moderatly angulated and toes naturally firmly standing behind

the hip joints. The stance must indicate self-assurence and dignity. We must remember these dogs were bred for a purpose. And had to be able to fight a bear, wild boar or another opponent. As in all breeds, also here it is extremely important to differ the male from the bitch, whose grace and feminity should be the first impression.

Distinct head, robust body and the impression of power are the characteristics of the male. A female is smaller, has a more subtle head, with a soft feminine expression.

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The American Akita – an interpretation of the breed standard

Such balanced structure allows these dogs have great power, sturdiness and agility of a great hunter, yet keeping the noble appearence. A distinct head, robust body and the impression of power are the characteristics of the male. A female is smaller with and slightly longer body. Her head is more subtle, with a soft feminine expression allowing us to easily differ her from the male. It is worth interest to compare the FCI breed standard for American Akita and (Japanese) Akita. The standard FCI-Standard N° 344 calls for „Largesized dog, sturdily built, well balanced, with much substance and heavy bone. „while the FCI-Standard N° 255 Akita calls for:„ Large-sized dog, sturdily built, well balanced and with much substance„ Both breed standards in the part describing limbs require „heavy-bone”. The height limits for both breeds are also comparable ( Akita being slightly lower). Thus, the dimensions of the body of the American Akitas should not significantly differ from the dimensions of Japanese Akita, the main differences should be in the structure of the head, in the American Akita less tuck up, well sprung ribs with well developed wide chest.

not too abrupt. Cheeks are full and well developed. The cheek muscle should be well developed and perceptible under the coat. The combination of the broad skull, well defined stop and filled cheecks allows the proper look of the akita head. The head viewed from above forms a blunt triangle. The distance from tip of nose to stop corresponds to the distance from stop to occiput as 2 : 3. Undesirable is a rounded skull, narrow or snipey muzzle, no fill in cheeks. The forehaead must not be too heavy and the skin must not be wrinkled.

Female Male

HEAD Massive, but in balance with the body. Free of wrinkles when at ease The skull is flat and broad between ears. The stop and shallow furrow on the forehead are essential elements of the Akita expression. Stop well defined, but

The head viewed from above forms a blunt triangle.

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EARS The ear set and carriage are an important characteristic of the breed. When viewed from the profile, they are slightly tilted forward, following the line of the arch of the neck. The ears are small in relation to the rest of the head, firmly erect. They are triangular in shape, slightly rounded at the tip, wide at base and not set too low. The outer side of the ear is placed more forward, the inner side of the ear is slightly behind. The distance between the ears should be equal the length of the base of the ear. When folded forward, the tip of the ear should reach the upper rim of the eye ( considering the head of the particular dogs has correct proportions) . The ear cannot be floppy or soft when the dog is moving. Ears with thin earflaps, soft, bent, too small or too big are also incorrect. Other faults are ears set too close , with tips pointing wide apart or to the inside, too erect or too tilted forward.

EYES The size and set of the eyes had a huge importance in relation to the purpose which the breed was used for – hunting wild boar and dog fights. The eyes had to be well secured against the opponents claws or teeth. They are relatively small, deep set in a distinctive triangular frame*, with firm well pigmented eyerims. The outer corner of the eye being slightly higher set than the inner corner. The distance between the centers of each eye should be equal as the length of the base od

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When viewed from the profile, they are slightly tilted forward, following the line of the arch of the neck.


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the ear. Correct setting , shape and color of the eyes influence the unique expression and beauty of the Akita. Large and round eyes are undesirable, as well as eyes relatively too small or too deeply set. (the KC breed standard does not mention a triangular frame, but refers to almod shaped eyes)

zle is straight and end of the muzzle is flat, never pointing or snipey. If the top line of the skull and muzzle would be traced, they should be parralel. When viewed from the top, the muzzle slightly narrows towards the nose, but does not sharpen. Jaws are well developed and powerful. Teeth are strong, a scissor bite prefferred, but level bite is accpetable. Lips should be firm and not protruding.

NOSE AND PIGMENTATION The nose is broad and black. Slight and diffuse lack of pigment on nose (from dark grey to fleshy pink) is acceptable in white dogs only but black is always preferred. Totally unpigmented nose or a nose with unpigmented areas (Butterfly nose) is unacceptable. I.e. A dog with brown coat and liver colored nose is not correct. The tongue is pink and lips should be well pigmented. A lighter color of the lips indicates lack of correct pigmentation.

NECK Correct setting , shape and color of the eyes influence the unique expression and beauty of the Akita.

MUZZLE Muzzle is broad, deep and well filled with a well defined but not abrupt stop. The distance from tip of nose to the stop and from stop to occiput is as 2:3. When viewed from the side, the muz-

The Akita to fulfill it's purpose must have had a very efficient and muscular neck. That is why the neck of the Akita is strong, well muscled and comparatively short , gradually widening toward the shoulder blades. The skin is appropriatly tight. Withers should be well developed and visible. The neck cannot have loose skin, be thin or delicate.

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Proper proportions and harmonious construction are the most important aspects that you should first pay attention to.

range of movement, because then the performance is limited.

BODY The body of the Akita is slightly elongated. It's silhouette is slightly longer than higher. The ratio of height at withers to body length is 9:10 dogs and bitches 9:11. The top or ears, neck, back form the topline - it must be balanced and harmonious. The line of the back is level. Loin well muscled with moderately

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tucked up belly. The chest is broad and deep, reaching the elbow line. Depth of chest (measured from point of elbow to top of shoulder blade) is half the height at the withers. Akita should never be squat or too »low-slung ". Arched, collapsed or rocking back adversely affect the performance and mobility. Excess skin and wrinkles are undesirable. Delicate and fragile bone structure are serious errors construction.


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LIMBS The limbs must be harmoniously built to showcase the powerful movement, covering ground with moderate reach and drive. It is not advisable to permit over angulation or too shallow angulation, because it prevents correct and desirable movement.

FOREQUARTERS The shoulder blades are strongly muscled and moderately angulated, ad-

here well to the chest. The humerus is ideally the same length as the bones of the forearm. The limbs are firmly set into the body. The ribs are oval and well sprung, but not barrel-shaped. The elbows are well developed and adjacent to the body. The forelegs are strong boned and parallel when viewed from the front. Pasterns inclined at an angle of 15 degrees are essential to withstand concussion and a dissipate the shock of impact, allowing effortless yet powerful movement. The front limbs, in which the pastern is a vertically placed, may absorb too much concussion, thus stressing the bone structure. Too much angulation in pastern could indicate weakness and tendon strain. Knuckling over is a fault. Loose and too steep shoulder blades are also not correct.

HINDQUARTERS Width, muscle tone and angulation of the hind legs harmonizes with the construction of the front legs . The knee joint is moderately angulated, the hock is strong and is visibly angulated, perpendicular to the ground. Well-built hindquarters of the Akita show descent angles between the joints, the knee clearly marked and well let-down hock. The front and rear legs are evenly aligned neither turned in nor out. Akita stands firmly and steadily.

Pasterns inclined at an angle of 15 degrees are essential.

Hips should be strong, thighs powerful and well developed. The appropriate length of the body, body proportions, angulation, and the inherent flexibility allow to obtain proper stride and distinctive, brisk movement. Properly muscled back and efficient, stable hind

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legs are essential to get the correct drive. The skin is elastic, but not loose. In movement, the back remains stable.

open or elongated fingers are undesirable.

The most common mistakes of hind limbs common in this breed are: poorly muscled thigh, lack of well defined knee, steep knee angulation, unstable or „poping hocks”, lack of power and „drive”.

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FEET Akita should have cat feet, with wellcushioned and well arched toes . Flat,

The tail is the pride of the Akita and it balances the impressive head. The hair on the tail is thick , coarse and straight. The breed standard allows several ways to carry the tail (single curl, double curl or 3/4 curl) however, in each version the tail should be set high and curl over the back and the tip needs to touch the back or hang below the topline . It is desirable not to see clear-

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ance between the tail and the back , or should be minimal . The tail can unroll when the dog is relaxed or bored , and when he is uncertain, but it should always be curled on the back when the dog is alert or in motion. The tail after unrolling should reach the hock. Most importandly the tail should be compliment to the whole siluhette, creating the image of a proud , dignified and strong Spitz . It is also important that the tail is curved in only one direction. A faulty tail is when part of the tail turns up in the form of the letter " S", when it is uncurled or sickle over the back . Loose tails, small twisted like a pretzel and/or low set are undesirable . The ears and tail are characteristic features of the breed , so broken/ drop ears or sickle tail are disqualifying faults.

COAT The Akitas coat comprises of a rich undercoat, top coat and guard hair. The undercoat is soft, dense, and short . Usually in the summer much less abundant than in winter. The outer coat is straight , sharp and very importantly stand off from the body. The hair on the ears, legs and head is short. The longest coat is on the tail, but cannot form a plume. At withers and pants the hair is approx. 5 cm, and in other parts of the body the coat is shorter. The coat of the Akita should always be stand-off and in perfect condition, it is the important element of the Akita's pride. Knowing the origin and purpose of the early Akitas, one can imagine what functions the coat had to meet. First

The breed standard allows all coat colors, provided that the colors are brilliant and clear.

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it was to protect the body against inclement weather conditions, provide insulation to maintain a proper body temperature - in the winter, protect from frost, snow, wind and moisture, and in the hot months protect against the summer heat. Therefore, the hair must be rigid and protruding from the body, can not be soft because then snow and water would adhere to it and prevent the smooth functioning of the dog. The outer coat was a protective barrier during the battles, the opponent could easily break through the dense repellent coat. The hair can not be too long because then the enemy easier grab the Akita, preventing freedom of his moves. Therefore the Akitas coat should be harsh and standing-off from the body, unlike the coat of Siberian Husky , and less abundant and shorter than in the Alaskan Malamute'a. Most often this difference can be seen only by touching the dog's coat. Too long too short or set hair is not desired, the disadvantage is also too soft hair.

COAT COLOR The breed standard allows all coat colors, provided that the colors are briiliant and clear. The undercoat may be a different color than the outer coat . All markings are acceptable and need not be symmetrical . Black mask, splitmask, white face may occur on the head and muzzle, but it is important not to distort the specific expression of Akitas . There is no preference as to the occurrence or absence of the black mask. Equally accepted are dogs with

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self-mask and uniform coat of the muzzle and body . A uniformly white Akita who doesn't have a black mask is referred to as white. A dog with white markings covering more than 1/3 of the body is referred to as a pinto. A white dog with markings covering less then 1/3 body is referred to as white with colored markings. Markings can be of various sizes and shapes. Faded colors are not desirable. Blurred or dull markings on the body are not preferable.

MOVEMENT Akita is bold and nimble in movement. . Stride length is moderate, head carried proudly but moderately high. Akita has no such extensive strides as a German Shepherd, but cannot move hard or sluggish. A short stride, bouncing or inefficient movement are incorrect. The top line should remain level (should not »swing« to the sides, the skin should not be loose) , hind legs should move in line front legs . However, faster motion legs may tend to approach the center line of gravity.


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His every step has a purpose , is full of strength and energy

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Rear angulations.

DIMENSIONS Male animals should have 66-71cm height, while bitches 61-66cm. Dogs less than 63.5 cm and females under 58,5cm should be disqualified. The ratio of height at withers to length is 9:10 and 9:11 in dogs bitches. The body length is measured from the front of the outside of the shoulder joint to the buttock. Optimal weight for Akita to 38kg - 48kg for females, 48-58kg for dogs.

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Although the standard determines the Akita as a large dog, with much substance and heavy bone structure, it is not necessarily the principle of “bigger the better” Proper proportions, harmonious construction and charisma are the most important aspects that you should first pay attention to.

TEMPERAMENT The breed standard describes Akitas as friendly, alert, responsive, dignified,


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docile and courageous. Due to its original purpose as dogs used for fighting, they usually will not tolerate other dogs, but it does not mean they can be allowed to show aggression in the ring. Akita dogs are not effusive, but should not show fear. They can be aloof to strangers, but should not show aggression towards humans. One should respect their independence and shall not exceed the limits of their patience. Yet dogs ex-

cessively timid or aggressive should be disqualified. The Akita is known for its extraordinary intelligence, purity and cleverness. It is dominant, but balanced dog not barking without the need. He knows his strength and demonstrates it only when he feels it's necessary. His every action is well thought out; he is stubborn and quickly gets bored. It is part of tthe breeds heritage and makes them so unique.

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AMERICAN AKITA FCI-Standard N° 344 / 29.01.2015/ EN ORIGIN: Japan DEVELOPMENT: USA. DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD: 06.01.2015. UTILIZATION: Companion Dog. FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types. Section 5 - Asian Spitz and related breeds. Without working trial. BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: In the beginning, the history of the American Akitas is similar to the history of Japanese Akitas. Since 1603, in the Akita region, Akita Matagis (medium-sized bear- hunting dogs) were used as fighting dogs. From 1868, Akita Matagis were crossbred with Tosas and Mastiffs. Consequently, the size of Akitas increased, but characteristics associated with Spitz type were lost. In 1908 dog fighting was prohibited, but Akitas were nevertheless preserved and improved as a large Japanese breed. As a result, nine superior examples of Akitas were designated as « Natural Monuments » in 1931. During World War II (1939-1945), it was common to use dogs as a source of fur for military garments. The police ordered the capture and confiscation of all dogs other than German Shepherd Dogs used for military purposes. Some fanciers tried to circumvent the order by crossbreeding their dogs with German Shepherd Dogs. When World War II ended, Akitas had been drastically reduced in number and existed as three distinct types: 1) Matagi Akitas 2) Fighting Akitas 3) Shepherd Akitas. This created a very confusing situation in the breed. During the restoration process of the pure breed after the war, Kongo-go of the Dewa line enjoyed a temporary, but tremendous popularity. Many Akitas of the Dewa line, which exhibited characteristics of the Mastiff and German Shepherd influence, were brought back to the United States by members of the Military Forces.

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The Akitas from the Dewa line, intelligent and capable of adapting to different environments, fascinated breeders in the United States and the line was developed with increasing number of breeders and a great rise in popularity. The Akita Club of America was established in 1956 and the American Kennel Club (AKC) accepted the breed (inscription into the stud book and regular show status) in October 1972. However, at this time, the AKC and the JKC (Japan Kennel Club) did not have reciprocal agreements for recognizing each other’s pedigrees and therefore the door was closed for the introduction of the new bloodlines from Japan. Consequently, Akitas in the United States became considerably different from those in Japan, the country of origin. They developed as a type unique in the United States, with characteristics and type unchanged since 1955. This is in sharp contrast with Akitas in Japan which were crossbred with Matagi Akitas for the purpose of restoring the original pure breed. GENERAL APPEARANCE: Large-sized dog, sturdily built, well balanced, with much substance and heavy bone. The broad head, forming a blunt triangle, with deep muzzle, relatively small eyes and erect ears carried forward almost in line with back of neck, is characteristic of the breed. IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: • The ratio of height at withers to length of body is 9 to 10 in males and 9 to 11 in bitches. • The depth of the chest measures onehalf of the height of the dog at withers. • The distance from tip of nose to stop corresponds to the distance from stop to occiput as 2 does to 3. BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Friendly, alert, responsive, dignified, docile and courageous. HEAD: Massive, but in balance with the body, free of wrinkles when at ease. Head forms a blunt triangle when viewed from above. CRANIAL REGION: Skull: Flat and broad between ears. A shallow furrow extends well up on forehead. Stop: Well defined, but not too abrupt.

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FACIAL REGION:

LIMBS FOREQUARTERS:

Nose: Broad and black. Slight and diffuse lack of pigment on nose is acceptable in white dogs only but black is always preferred.

General appearance: Forelegs heavy-boned and straight as viewed from front.

Muzzle: Broad, deep and full. Lips: Black. Not pendulous; tongue pink. Jaws/Teeth: Jaws not rounded, but blunt, strong and powerful. Teeth strong with regular and full dentition (lack of PM1 and M3 allowed). Scissor bite preferred, but level bite acceptable. Eyes: Dark brown, relatively small, not prominent, almost triangular in shape. Eye rims black and tight. Ears: Strongly erect and small in relation to the rest of the head. If the ear is folded forward for measuring length, tip will touch upper eye rim. Ears are triangular, slightly rounded at tip, wide at base, not set too low. Viewed from the side, the ears are angled forward over the eyes following the line of the neck. NECK: Thick and muscular with minimal dewlap, comparatively short, widening gradually toward shoulders. A pronounced crest blends harmoniously into the base of skull. BODY: Longer than high. Skin not too thin, neither too tight nor too loose. Back: Level. Loin: Firmly muscled. Chest: Wide and deep. Ribs well sprung with well developed brisket. Underline and Belly: Moderate tuckup. TAIL: Large and well furnished with hair, set high and carried over back or against flank in a three-quarter, full, or double curl, always dipping to or below level of back. On a three-quarter curl, tip drops well down on flank. Root large and strong. The terminal bone of tail reaches hock when let or pulled down. Hair coarse, straight and dense, with no appearance of a plume.

Shoulders: Strong and powerful with moderate layback. Pasterns: Slightly sloping forward in an angle of approximately 15° to the vertical. HINDQUARTERS: General appearance: Strongly muscled, width and bone comparable to forequarters. Dewclaws on hind legs customarily removed. Upper thigh: Strong, well developed, parallel when viewed from behind. Stifles: Moderately bent. Hock joints: Well let down, turning neither in nor out. FEET: Straight, cat feet, well knuckled up with thick pads. GAIT / MOVEMENT: Powerful, covering ground with moderate reach and drive. Hindlegs move in line with forelegs. Back remaining strong, firm and level. COAT HAIR: Double-coat. Undercoat thick, soft, dense and shorter than outer coat. Outer coat straight, harsh/stiff and standing somewhat off body. Hair on head, lower legs and ears short. Length of hair at withers and croup approximately 5 cm, which is slightly longer than on rest of body, except tail, where coat is longest and most profuse. COLOUR: Any colour like red, fawn, white, etc; or even pinto and brindle. Colours are brilliant and clear, and markings are well balanced, with or without mask or blaze. White dogs (solid in colour) have no mask. Pinto have a white ground colour with large, evenly placed patches covering head and more than one-third of body. Undercoat may have a different colour from the outer-coat. SIZE: • Height at withers: For males: 66 to 71 cm (26-28 inches), • for bitches: 61 to 66 cm (24-26 inches).

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points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

• Feminine dogs, masculine bitches.

• Totally unpigmented nose. A nose with unpigmented areas (Butterfly nose).

• Narrow or snipey head.

• Drop, hanging or folded ears.

• Any missing tooth (except PM1 and M3).

• Under- or overshot bite.

• Blue or black spotted tongue.

• Sickle or uncurled tail.

• Light eyes.

• Dogs under 63,5 cm (25 inches), bitches under 58,5 cm (23 inches).

• Short tail. • In or out at elbows. • Any indication of ruff or feathering. • Shyness or viciousness. SERIOUS FAULTS: • Light in substance. • Light bone. DISQUALIFYING FAULTS: • Aggressive or overly shy.

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N.B.: • Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum. • Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding. The latest amendments are in bold characters.

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AMERICAN AKITA Official Standard of the Akita General Appearance: Large, powerful, alert, with much substance and heavy bone. The broad head, forming a blunt triangle, with deep muzzle, small eyes and erect ears carried forward in line with back of neck, is characteristic of the breed. The large, curled tail, balancing the broad head, is also characteristic of the breed. Head: Massive but in balance with body; free of wrinkle when at ease. Skull flat between ears and broad; jaws broad and powerful with minimal dewlap. Head forms a blunt triangle when viewed from above. Fault - Narrow or snipey head. Muzzle - Broad and full. Distance from nose to stop is to distance from stop to occiput as 2 is to 3. Stop - Well defined, but not too abrupt. A shallow furrow extends well up forehead. Nose - Broad and black. Black noses on white Akitas preferred, but a lighter colored nose with or without shading of black or gray tone is acceptable. Disqualification - partial or total lack of pigmentation on the nose surface. Ears - The ears of the Akita are characteristic of the breed. They are strongly erect and small in relation to rest of head. If ear is folded forward for measuring length, tip will touch upper eye rim. Ears are triangular, slightly rounded at tip, wide at base, set wide on head but not too low, and carried slightly forward over eyes in line with back of neck. Disqualification - Drop or broken ears. Eyes - Dark brown, small, deepset and triangular in shape. Eye rims black and tight. Lips and Tongue - Lips black and not pendulous; tongue pink. Teeth - Strong with scissors bite preferred, but level bite acceptable. Disqualification - Noticeably undershot or overshot. Neck and Body: Neck - Thick and muscular; comparatively short, widening gradually toward shoulders. A pronounced crest blends in with base of skull. Body - Longer than high, as to 10 is to 9 in males; 11 to 9 in bitches. Measurement from the point of the sternum to the point of buttocks. Chest wide and deep; reaching down to the elbow, the depth of the body at the elbow equals half the height of the dog at the withers. Ribs well sprung, brisket well developed. Level back with firmly-muscled loin and moderate tuck-up. Skin pliant but not loose. Serious Faults - Light bone, rangy body. Tail: Large and full, set high and carried over back or against flank in a three-quarter, full, or

double curl, always dipping to or below level of back. On a three-quarter curl, tip drops well down flank. Root large and strong. Tail bone reaches hock when let down. Hair coarse, straight and full, with no appearance of a plume. Disqualification - Sickle or uncurled tail. Forequarters and Hindquarters: Forequarters - Shoulders strong and powerful with moderate layback. Forelegs heavy-boned and straight as viewed from front. Angle of pastern 15 degrees forward from vertical. Faults - Elbows in or out, loose shoulders. Hindquarters - Width, muscular development and bone comparable to forequarters. Upper thighs well developed. Stifle moderately bent and hocks well let down, turning neither in nor out. Dewclaws - On front legs generally not removed; dewclaws on hind legs generally removed. Feet - Cat feet, well knuckled up with thick pads. Feet straight ahead. Coat: Double-coated. Undercoat thick, soft, dense and shorter than outer coat. Outer coat straight, harsh and standing somewhat off body. Hair on head, legs and ears short. Length of hair at withers and rump approximately two inches, which is slightly longer than on rest of body, except tail, where coat is longest and most profuse. Fault-Any indication of ruff or feathering. Color: Any color including white; brindle; or pinto. Colors are rich, brilliant and clear. Markings are well balanced, with or without mask or blaze. White Akitas have no mask. Pinto has a white background with large, evenly placed patches covering head and more than one-third of body. Undercoat may be a different color from outer coat. Gait: Brisk and powerful with strides of moderate length. Back remains strong, firm and level. Rear legs move in line with front legs. Size: Males 26 to 28 inches at the withers; bitches 24 to 26 inches. Disqualification - dogs under 25 inches; bitches under 23 inches. Temperament: Alert and responsive, dignified and courageous. Akitas may be intolerant of other dogs, particularly of the same sex. Disqualifications: Partial or total lack of pigmentation on nose. Drop or broken ears. Noticeably undershot or overshot. Sickle or uncurled tail. Dogs under 25 inches; bitches under 23 inches.

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BREED STANDARD AKITA Last updated October 2009 General Appearance Large, powerful, alert, with much substance and heavy bone. Characteristics Large, broad head, with relatively small eyes and erect ears carried forward in line with back of neck; large, curled tail, in balance with head. Temperament Dignified, courageous, aloof; tends to show dominance over other dogs, though the trait is not encouraged. Head and Skull Large, in balance with body, skull flat, forehead broad, defined stop and clear furrow. Head forms blunt triangle when viewed from above, free from wrinkle. Muzzle broad and strong, cheeks well developed. Nose large and black, bridge straight. Lips tight and black. In white dogs flesh colour pigmentation is permissible on nose and lips. Length from nose to stop is to length from stop to occiput as 2 is to 3. Eyes Relatively small, almond-shaped, clean, moderately set apart and dark brown. Eye rims dark and tight. Ears Relatively small, thick, triangular, not low set, carried forward in line with the back of the neck when viewed in profile. Moderately set apart, slightly rounded at tips. Mouth Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Neck Thick and muscular, comparatively short, widening gradually toward shoulders. Pronounced crest blends with back of skull. Forequarters Shoulders strong and powerful, moderately laid back. Elbows very tight. Forelegs well boned and straight when viewed from front. Pasterns inclining at approximately 15 degrees. Body Longer than high, as 10 is to 9 in males, 11 to 9 in bitches. Chest wide and deep, depth of brisket is one-half height of dog at shoulder. Well developed forechest. Level back, firmly muscled loin, moderate tuck up. Skin pliant but not loose.

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Hindquarters Strong and muscular, with moderate angulation. Well developed thighs, strong hocks, well let down turning neither in nor out. Feet Thick, well-knuckled, very tight, turning neither in nor out. Pads hard. Nails hard. Tail Large and full, set high, carried over back, full or double curl, always dipping to or below level of back. On a three-quarter curl tail, tip dips down flank. Root large and strong. Hair coarse, straight and full with no appearance of a plume. Sickle or uncurled tail highly undesirable. Gait/Movement Vigorous, powerful and fluent with strides of moderate length. Back remains firm and level. Hindlegs move in line with front legs, whilst gaiting may single track. Coat Outer coat coarse, straight, and standing off body. Undercoat soft and dense. Coat at withers and rump is approximately 5 cms (2 ins), slightly longer than on rest of body more profuse on tail. No indication of ruff or feathering. Colour Any colour including white brindle or pinto. Colours are brilliant and clear. Markings are well defined with or without mask or blaze. Size Height at withers: dogs: 66-71 cms (2628 ins); bitches: 61-66 cms (24-26 ins). Faults Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work. Note Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum. Source: Kennel club UK


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The origins of the American Akita follow that of the Akita Inu, in the region of the Akita prefecture in northern Japan.

The origins of the American Akita follow that of the Akita Inu, in the region of the Akita prefecture in northern Japan. They originally were medium sized dogs used for hunting bears and guarding homes. This was around the early part of the sixteen hundreds, this type of Akita was known as a Matagi Akita. Then as the years progressed some Japanese owners began to use their Akitas to fight other dogs, as a result of this the Akita was cross-bred with the Tosa and Mastiff resulting in an increase in overall size. In 1908 dog fighting was prohibited, and this changed the outlook for the Akita as the Japanese breeders wanted to bring back the original characteristics lost by cross breeding the Matagi Akita. As a result superior examples of the breed were designated as natural monuments in 1931. Another significant factor in the history of the Akita was the second world war. During this period Japanese Akita breeders were ordered to hand over all their dogs(with the exception of the German Shepherd, which was to be used for military purposes) to be

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used as a source of military garments. Some Akita breeders then started to cross breed with German Shepherds in order to save the Akita from certain extinction. So by the end of the war there were at least three different types of Akita in Japan. In 1937 the renowned Helen Keller is credited with importing the first Akita into the United States and after the war American service men of the occupying forces admired the Akita and adopted them and the breeds popularity increased in the United States. Most of these Akitas were of the larger type (Dewa line). As the breed grew in popularity the Akita Club of American was established in1956 and the American Kennel Club accepted the breed in October 1972. However at this time the American Kennel Club and the Japanese Kennel Club could not agree on a common pedigree, consequently resulting in no new blood lines being introduced from Japan. Therefore the breed in the United States started to differ from the breed in Japan, which was being bred back to the Matagi Akitas with the objective of restoring the original Akita. It is true to say that even in Japan they were not certain of what version of the Akita, was the true one so there were different organization’s set up with their own breed standards but the dominant organization today is known as AKIHO and breeders largely through the efforts of this club recognise the Matagi Akita to be the true Akita and the larger type (Dewa line) Akita was incorrect, because of all the cross breeding. The American Kennel Club and the Japanese Kennel Club did not recognise each other until 1992, and by this time the breed in Japan and America was so different that problems started to arise when judging them.

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The F.C.I. which is the show organization for most countries decided to go with the standard of the country of origin which is Japan. Other countries like America, UK and a few others kept their own breed standards when the F.C.I. recognised the JKC standard. This was a problem for the Akita breeders who were breeding the Akita that we now know as the American Akita because they could not receive the grade excellent because of the difference between them and the Akitas bred in Japan. Eventually in 2000 the FCI decided to split the breed, and initially the breed was called the Great Japanese Dog. This did not go down well with the countries outside the FCI, and as time passed the breed was recognised as the American Akita so now we have two breeds of Akita. One called American Akita and the other called Akita Inu. In the UK, which unlike Ireland is not FCI affiliated the breeds are also split one is called the Akita and the other is called the Japanese Akita. However in America the breed is not split and all are referred to as Akita.


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JUDGING THE AKITA Edited by Akita Club of America Public Education Committe Member, Elea Warf.

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should be well defined, but not too abrupt. A shallow furrow extends well up the forehead. The nose should be broad and black. Black noses on white Akita’s are preferred, but a lighter colored nose with or without shading of black or gray tone is acceptable. The ears of the Akita are characteristic of the breed. They are strongly erect and small in relation to rest of head. If the ear is folded forward for measuring length, the tip will touch the upper eye rim. Ears are triangular, slightly rounded at tip,

When Judging the Akita it is best to go by the standard set forth by the Akita Club of America. The Akita Club has a standard that each breeder tries to breed their stock as closely to as possible, that standard can be found below in this article and online at http:// www.akitaclub.org/info/standard.html. The general appearance of an Akita is large, powerful, and alert, with much substance and heavy bone. The broad head forms a blunt triangle, with deep muzzle, small eyes and erect ears carried forward in line with back of the neck, a characteristic of the breed. The large, curled tail, balancing the broad head, is also characteristic of the breed. The head is massive but in balance with body; free of wrinkle when at ease. The Skull is flat between ears and broad; jaws broad and powerful with minimal dewlap. The Head forms a blunt triangle when viewed from above. The muzzle is broad and full. The Distance from nose to stop is to distance from stop to occiput as 2 is to 3. The stop

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wide at base, set wide on head but not too low, and carried slightly forward over eyes in line with back of neck. The eyes are dark brown, small, deepset and triangular in shape. Eye rims black and tight. The lips should be black and not pendulous; with the tongue pink. The Teeth are strong with scissors bite preferred, but level bite acceptable. There are some disqualifications when looking at the head to be aware of: • Narrow or snipey head • Lack of pigmentation on the nose surface • Drop or broken ears • Teeth undershot or overshot When judging the neck, look for a thick and muscular; comparatively short, widening gradually toward shoulders. A pronounced crest blends in with base of skull. The Body of an Akita should be longer than high, as to 10 is to 9 in males; 11 to 9 in bitches. The measurement is from the point of the sternum to the point of buttocks. The chest should be wide and deep; reaching downto the elbow, the depth of the body at the el-


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bow equals half the height of the dog at the withers. Ribs well sprung, brisket well developed. Level back with firmly-muscled loin and moderate tuck-up. Skin pliant but not loose. A Serious Faults here would be light bone, rangy body. The Akita tail is large and full, set high and carried over back or against flank in a three-quarter, full, or double curl, always dipping to or below level of back. On a three-quarter curl, tip drops well down flank. Root should be large and strong. Tail bone reaches hock when let down. Hair is coarse, straight and full, with no appearance of a plume. Disqualification--Sickle or uncurled tail. The Forequarters, shoulders are strong and powerful with moderate layback. Forelegs heavy-boned and straight as viewed from front. Angle of pastern 15 degrees forward from vertical. A fault would be elbows in or out and loose

shoulders. The Hindquarters should be wide, muscular development and bone comparable to forequarters. Upper thighs well developed. Stifle moderately bent and hocks well let down, turning neither in nor out. Dewclaws--On front legs generally not removed; dewclaws on hind legs generally removed. Feet--Cat feet, well knuckled up with thick pads. Feet are straight ahead. When looking at the coat the Akita coat is Double-coated. The undercoat is thick, soft, dense and shorter than outer coat. The outer coat is straight, harsh and standing somewhat off body. The hair on the head, legs and ears is short. The length of hair at withers and rump are approximately two inches, which is slightly longer than on rest of body, except the tail, where the coat is longest and most profuse. A fault

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The Akita coat color can come in a wide variety of acceptable colors, including white; brindle; or pinto. Colors are rich, brilliant and clear. Markings are well balanced, with or without a mask or blaze. White Akitas have no mask. Pinto has a white background with large, evenly placed patches covering head and more than one-third of body. The undercoat may be a different color from outer coat. The gait of an Akita is brisk and powerful with strides of moderate length. Back remains strong, firm and level. Rear legs move in line with front legs. The size of the Akita should be males 26 to 28 inches at the withers; bitches 24 to 26 inches. Any dog under 25 inches or bitches under 23 inches is a Disqualification. The temperament of the Akita should be Alert and responsive, dignified and courageous. Akitas may be intolerant of other dogs, particularly of the same sex.

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» Please introduce yourself and your kennel to our readers, and tell us why this particular breed. When I was a child I wanted a big dog ever since I remember. My parents allowed me to have my frist dog when I was 10 years old... it was a Toy Poodle female. I loved her to bits, but I still dreamed of a big dog. I gathered all possible books and articles about different breeds and tried to choose the most suitable breed for me. At first I touught about the Golden Retriever but soon realised I prefer more of a guard dog. I thought about Rottweiler, but the more research I did,I came to the conclusion it's not the right dog for me, then I analysed the Irish Wolfhound and Rhodesian Ridgeback but still didn't feel convinced enough. Finally I came to the Akita, which for many years I didn't take into consideration, because I read about them as dogs which are not suitable for first time owners. I wasn't also very fond of

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their looks, but the more I researched the breed to more convinced I was that this is the breed for me. So when I was 16 years old and my parents finally agreed I can have my dream dog, I had no doubts which breed it wil be. I have been involved with Akitas since 1996, but started as an owner and exhibitor of a male. I learned to read pedigrees, researched different lines , imported breed specific magazines from the US and UK. After realising I have a vision of how this breed can be developed in Poland, and still not really planning on becoming a breeder I got in touch with owners of females which I thought would be most compatible to use with my male. My first breedings were co-bred with the owners of the females. At that time my male was already 4 years old and one of the Top Winning Akitas of this time. He was sired by a UK import male from world famous Overhill Kennels bred by Meg

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Purnell Carpenter ( this years Breed Judge at CRUFTS), I found a female who's mom was also from Overhills kennels and her sire was from the US. I spoke to her owners if they have a plan for breeding her .It turned out they don't really have a plan so asked me if I could help them in organising the breeding and helping with the future litter. I was more than happy and despite not having any official agreements we co-worked on this breeding and raising the puppies. I helped them sell the puppies and had the possibility to take one puppy back as stud fee. But since I had not yet intensions of keeping another dog , I offered her to my friend breeder on co-ownership terms. She became Ch. Jowa Jasmin, had one litter for my friend and after few years she finally came to live with me. She gave me my very first Akita litter under the Finigan prefix, this was in 2004 and became a first base for my lines. The second line


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comes from a second breeding of my male which I also co-bred. The situation was similar. Fendi's daughter from this breeding was owned by my friend, with whom I co-bred the second litter under the Finigan prefix. This was the Finigan Saguaro litter and became the second base for my lines. From that time I have concentrated on american and canadian influences in my lines, and established my type. My dogs are recognised for their beautiful expressions, powerful efortless movement and balanced siluhettes, with some great personalities to go with that.

Âť What made you want to be a dog breeder in the first place? At the beginning I never actually wanted to be a breeder at all. I planned on purchasing a male Akita which will be my home companion, which I can take to dogshool, train in sled pulling and try some agility. I didn't understand a difference between dogs with and

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without a pedigree. I thought that the dogshows are only a snobbish hobby where dog's don't enjoy it at all. But when the time for purchase came, I realised there aren't any Akitas in Poland without a pedigree. So I had no choice but to choose a dog from one of the registered breeders. I did my research and chose a breeder who imported the first Akitas to Poland a few years earlier. She became my first mentor and spent many hours with me telling about her experience with the breed. She also convinced me that I should take my dog to shows. I wasn't very happy with this idea, but wanted to do it for her, as it seemd so important for her. Well I quickly got hooked , did more research and understood the importance and joy of dogshows. I realised that my dog really enjoys being in the ring. Once I started atteding to dogshows on a regular basis, I got more and more involved in the subject of dog breeding. My passion for the Akitas was huge at that time and I had a goal to make a contribution on the development of the breed. Until this time I always thought I want to become a veterinarian, but I discovered another faculty of studies on the same univeristy –Breeding of amateur and recreational animals at the University of Life Sciences SGGW in Warsaw. I realised this is even more precise direction which I would like to explore. I finished the studies with a Masters degree. By that time I thought I was ready to start being a breeder on my own and established the Finigan prefix. The first litter of Akitas under my kennel name was born in 2004, but it was already the third generation of dogs owned by myself.

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got in touch with her and she mentored me from there on. I visited her and her dogs. She also advised me to go to several dogshows to see other Akitas. When the time came to choose my puppy, I visited the puppies since they were 2 weeks old and continued to visit them until I was able to pick my male at 8 weeks old, I had the right to make the first pick. My male Fendi ( officialy known later as Int'l Ch. , Ch.PL, Jun.Ch.Pl Club Winner AkaruiSan Oahu) has fullfilled all my expectations towards the breed. I was already aware of the pros and cons and he has been exactly as I could have expected. I could not have chosen a better breed for myself and my passion for this breed continues. In the meantime I have raised two litters of White Toy poodles and I have imported the first Pyrenean Mastiff to Poland. But the main object of my interest is the well being and development of the American Akitas. from books and magazines. When the time to choose my dog came, I rememberd an interview which I read with International FCI judge Mrs Ewa Marcinkowska. She was the first person to import the breed to Poland. I

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on co-ownership terms with the possibility of handling the dog at shows. My litters are named always depending on the parents names or on the prefix of the co-breeder. The puppies which are born at my home without co-ownership are additionally named in alphabetical order – the whole litters' names start with the same letter then. Currently the litter which I have at home is named the “Nek -Cyn G” litter, the name comes from the parents Neksia and Cynamo, and the letter G indicates the 7th litter born without co-ownership. In the meantime I cobred another 7 litters which were born either at my home or the home of the co-owners. The dogs of the past were my first male Fendi. I later had his daughter Jasmin, and then her daughter Int'l Ch. Finigan-Jas Up Akeira, who now lives a life of a queen with my grandparents being their inseparable companion. From her litter I have kept Int'l Ch.Club Winner ,Vet Ch.Finigan Ak-Tan Cufender, who is the master of Finigan Akitas home, doing great at nearly 10 years old. He is an amazing showdog with huge charisma, as well as a family companion and as a “dad” to all of the puppies. His

magnificent attitude and posture make him an impressive example to the power and dignity each Akita should have. In the meantime I have started a second line for Finigan Akitas, a combination of the O'PR and Big Benz bloodlines, the Finigan Sil-Kod B litter. From this litter I kept 2 females on co-ownership terms. Ch.Finigan Sil-Kod Bossita, a stunning white female, the first polish bred Akita to take part in the CRUFTS show, where she received res in Open class and her sister Ch.Pl&Ch.De Finigan SilKod Baiara. Both had litters with males from my base line and this gave me excellent representants of the breed, including Bossi's stunning daughter AKC Ch. Finigan Bos-Eri Rootsie residing in the USA and Int'l Ch,Fi Ch,Se Ch,Ee Ch Finigan Bos-Eri La Isla Bonita residing in Finland, Ch. Finigan Bos-Eri Shanti ( mom of my once in a lifetime dog Fero), and Baiara's daughters Ch. Finigan Bai-Cuf Endless Lakers Love ( Endi) which resides with me, Ch.Ru Finigan Bai-Cuf Eowyn residing in Russia, Jun.Ch. Finigan Bai-Cuf Elvi for Fjelbamsen residing in Norway. Amongst the younger generations which reside here at Finigan Akitas we have our stunning Ch., Jun.Ch.BIS

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Club Winner Finigan Sha-Kod Tunder Fero, and his daughters Jun.Ch. Finigan End-Fer Falien and Ch.Finigan End-Fer Fiya, their brother Finigan End-Fer Ferendo resides in the US and will be hopefully hitting the show rings later this year. One of my biggest prides is Fero's achievements as a sire. His daughter Caneden Jump at True Lies (from a cobred litter to Ch. Big Benz Guess Who at Caneden, who lived with me for several months) has won the BOS and BOW at the National Akita Speciality 2015. This is the most amazing feeling to know that part of my efforts and breeding work has been for a purpose.

Âť What improvements do you want to bring to the breed with your breeding programme? At the beginning of forming my lines, I put a very big importance to meeting and getting to know the dogs which I want to use in my breeding program. The first females which I mated my male Fendi to, were females which I got to know very well in person before the mating took place. And when the time came to breed Fendi's daughters, I also used a male which I already knew many months before and finally

leased him to stay with me for several months before the first breeding took place. I thought that it is of huge priotrity to really know well the base dogs of your lines. Until these days, I still prefer to use dogs which I meet in person. Sometimes I travel to other countries to meet the dog, I have had situations in which I was convinced about a male judging him only from photos and basing on his show results, but I wanted to meet him in person. So I took a flight to another country to a show where I knew he will be attending. When I saw the dog in real live, I gave up the idea of using him for my program. I pay big attenion to the expression and overal apperance together with powerful effortless movement and balanced body. I would like to concentrate on the Akita as an agile and powerful breed, which must move with ease. But a good moving dog without the beautiful unique expression will not be an Akita. The expression is a very tough thing to describe. Some people understand it and some not. The expression of the Akita must not be sad or silly. The eyes must aqequate size, shape and color. A symphony of ears, eyes and forehead and muzzle must be preserved.

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» How does Akita differ from other breeds? The Akita is a unique breed. His presence and posture should be impressive with a noble and wise expression. It has characteristics of a guard dog with it's own mind and a catlike way of being. Akitas are large dogs but very agile, and can be very dominant towards other dogs. When the time comes,they can be very playful, but they calm down easily. They are very queit and clean dogs.

» Do you see any difference in (your breed) of today compared to the (your breed) of 10 years ago? If so, what are the biggest differences you see? Some years ago it was not so easy to ship dogs worldwide or import/export semen. The long time breeders established their lines and characteristics for their preferred type. It was so much easier to recognise particular dogs and assign them to the lines from which they come from. The dogs varied more in type, than nowadays. But nowadays the pedigrees are way more blended and it is very hard to tell a dogs comes from a particular line or breeder. There are so many more breeders currently, plenty of affixes but most dogs come from the same bloodlines. I think this is not the best direction for the well being of the breed.

» What in your opinion makes a perfect dog? The perfect Akita is one who in his presence shows dignity and power. Dignity is in his posture, in his balance and expression, but also in his personality and overal condition. The power is on his body and movement, which must be efortless. I think many people put much attention to big bone, big coats

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and big heads, but forget to recognise the true Akita expression and do not care for efortless movement.

» What is the best example of the breed that you have bred till now? As a breeder I think I can always improve something. Within my big interest in the breed, analysing pedigrees and breed standards ( AKC, KC and FCI) I had a vision of how a perfect Akita should look like. Over the years I have seen many beautiful dogs, I have seen photos and videos of some dogs from the past. In forming my lines I started with two daughters of my male Fendi. I bred them to an american import male which was as close to my ideal as possible at that time. He had some small weaknesses, but his overal type, size and movement were impressive. He was bred by old-time breeder Gloria Ketcher of O'PR Akitas in the USA with whom I am in touch to this day. The second stud which I used in forming my lines came from the highly appreciated kennel of Lynny,Dave&Jolene Benzinger, Big Benz Akitas in the US. A dog with a magnificent personality and perfect siluhette. He exhibited everything the Akita standard calls for, but especially balance, substance, power and efortless movement. I hoped that some day I will myself breed a dog which will combine the best traits of these males. This became reality when for the first time I decided to do a granddaughter-grandsire breeding to my male. Out of this combination I achieved a beautiful litter with only one male puppy. I was extremely lucky as this male has outgrown my expectations. I managed to achieve a marvelous combination of the best traits of my O'PR and Big Benz dogs. He is Ch.Jun.Ch,Bis Club Winner Finigan Sha-Kod Tunder Fero , named in

honor of the two wonderful grandsires – Tundra and Kodi, which passed on their most favourable traits.

» What advice would you give to those who are starting breeding? I would strongly recommend that people who intend to become breeder firstly get in touch with a more experienced breeder, a mentor who will guide them through the pros and cons of breeding . For newcomers it is best to become co-owner with a renown breeder and start his breeding experience under the wings of someone who will lead them in their first steps.

» What are your efforts put into in order to build a great reputation (besides the dogs)? Each litter is very carefully planned and cherished. My puppies are raised in my home, in my bedroom or living room, where they can take part in the regu-

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lar house life. They are raised with my 5 year old son, who enjoys spending time with them.

» How important is it for a breeder to have an online presence nowadays?

I do not breed very often and I do not sell young puppies. The earliest I can sell a puppy is 12 weeks, but usually they are older. When evaluating a future home for one of my puppies, I try to get to know the family as best as possible. Sometimes it takes months or even years, sometimes can be quicker, when I feel that something clicks – keeping the puppies for a longer period allows me to observe and see the personality of the individual puppies. It is much easier to match them with the specific families and their expectations towards the dog.

Nowadays the world is concentrated on the internet and social media. This gives breeders around the world the opportunity to easily communicate with eachoer, share information about their dogs and their experience. A breeder without being present online, might not be able to keep track of the development of the breed as well as cannot be noticed by breeders from distant places.

It is essential for me to keep in touch with the families who purchase my puppies, I am there for them for the lifetime of the dog for good and bad times. They can always count of my help and advice.

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» Would you like to add something? I would like to express my gratitude for trusting me with this interview and allowing to share my experience with the fanciers of our magnificent breed.


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Dave & Sue Chapman United Kingdom Kitsune Akitas www.kitsuneakitas.co.uk

» Please introduce yourself and your kennel to our readers, and tell us why this particular breed. We fell in love with this Breed in 1998, One of our friends had an Akita as a pet, we got our first as a pet then decided to show her and didn’t do very well with her so went to a top kennel and bought a lovely bitch called ‘Vanity’.

» What made you want to be a dog breeder in the first place? We had our first bitch ‘Vanity’ and she did really well in exhibitions, so we mated her to a new American import that came to the UK, the litter was a great success and we were well and truly hooked.

» How many dogs did you start with and how did you choose them? Our first ‘Pet’ was bought off a close friend. But our first show dog was bought from a successful breeding in our Area, in fact over the first few years we bought 4 off them. We chose them because of the American bloodlines and the fantastic temperaments the lines had.

» What improvements do you want to bring to the breed with your breeding programme? We pride ourselves on our lines fantastic temperments, this is a must as we have 3 small children, and also Pups that are sold sometimes go into Family Homes

The fabulous Jap Akita Inu I have awarded Best Of Breed at Darlington Champ Show 2013 Lord Fukurokuju Of Tsoyu

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Kitsune Fantastic Frankel aka Frank (Kitsune Cherokee Lass x Multi Ch Dynamic Force Sharp Dressed Man with Ruthdales) pictured here winning Junior Dog at SKC Champ Show 12 months old.

» Why Akita over any other breed?

Because they are the best!!

» What in your opinion makes a perfect dog? A must is the Akita head, this is what sets the breed apart from all other breeds, sound movement with moderate angulation. Show temperament is a must….pointless having the best looking dog if he/she doesn’t show themselves off.

» What is the best example of the breed that you have bred till now? I don’t like to compare and have soft spots for Ch Kitsune Dr No & Kitsune

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Halle aka Kitsune Solitaire winning Best Veteran in Show at the Akita Specialty in 2012


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Kitsune Quest for Fame aka chandler pictured winning RBIS and BPIS at the Akita Club of Scotland in 2003

Kitsune The Sparkler place 2nd at Crufts 2016 under judge Meg Purnell-Carpenter

Kitsune Fantastic Frankel

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My Best of Breed in Dortmund 2015 Ch Ruthdales Prime Cut with Dynamic Force

Quest for Fame but our young male is the best we have bred Kitsune Fantastic Frankel

» What are the biggest misjudgments other owners and breeders may have about Akitas?

If you want the best you need to breed from the best and the Male that suits your bitches rather tan whats winning at the time as they may have the same faults and you’ll never improve on them

» What would be your tips for someone looking for a reputable breeder?

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Midland Counties Championship Show. .....Kitsune Fantastic Frankel is now a CHAMPION!! Frank is from the Multi Ch Dynamic Force Sharp Dressed Man with Ruthdales x Kitsune Cherokee Lass.

You need to look for the breeder that is breeding dogs the type you like and not just winning, also a breeder that will be with you on the ride for the life of the dog.

» What advice would you give to those who are starting breeding? You need to think long term, sometimes you need to think two generations infront to get what you want.

» What are your efforts put into in order to build a great reputation (besides the dogs)? We are there with the new owners from


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Best In Show at the Akita club of Scotland breed show Kitsune Fantastic Frankel aka Frank under esteemed judge John Ritchie.

the day they take them for the rest of the dog’s life if needed. We always do and stand by what we say. We have helped a lot of people along the way who have never bought dogs off us, but helped them for the love of the breed.

» How important is it for a breeder to have an online presence nowadays?

Frank winning his 1st CC, BOB & Group 2 at Skc Championship Show under Chris McLean and group judge Jeff Luscott

everywhere and everyone in the world.

» Would you like to add something? Thank you for asking me to write an article about this wonderful and enchanting breed, and hope your readers fund it helpful

I find people not really looking on websites now it’s all about Social media now a days, which can be very good as you have instance access to almost

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AROUND THE GLOBE

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Hi everyone, here are some words about me: I was born in 1957, and dogs have always been a part of my life, regardless of where in the world I have lived: India, Japan, Sweden or Norway.

Britt Nyberg Judge Breeder

We moved to Japan in the mid 60’s, where I discovered, and fell in love with the Akita breed. We bought our first Akita there, a white male we called “Hachiko”. My very first own Akita, after moving back to Sweden, was "Kaze", born in 1979 and who chose me, not the other way around (typical Akita..). He accompanied me everywhere. Over the years I have obedience trained, gone mushing with my Akitas, tracking and explored other activities with them. Together with Dag Rune Egge, under the prefix of “Kintos”, I have bred Akitas and owned several Show Champions, both National and International, the Best of Breed at the 2nd JKC Speciality Show in 1994 in Sweden, BIS & Group-finalists, and also bred Akitas that have become licensed tracking dogs for wounded game. I have been an authorized FCI judge since 2006, mainly Spitz breeds in Group 5, but also Bernese Mountain Dog in Group 2. Although, the Akita and the Japanese breeds are closest to my heart. Their special characteristics, combining sweetness and pride, will never cease to touch me. I have judged in Norway, Italy, Germany, Hungary, England, Slovenia, Croatia, Russia, the Netherlands and in Belgium.

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Kintos Akitas

britt.nyberg@gmail.com www.kintos.no

I have been a board member of the Swedish and the Norwegian Akita Clubs for nearly 35 years and am also a committee member of the WUAC (World Union of Akita Clubs) since 2004.

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Gabriela Sophie Richard

Personal data: Born on 4 Sept. 1961 in Germany English trainer, coach and translator Dog trainer, Specialist judge for Akita Specialist Judge for Nordic Breeds and Teckel (Group 4), Group Judge (Group 5) Cynological curriculum vitae: My love for dogs started when we were given a Miniature Teckel by my uncle who was a breeder and hunter. I became in charge of feeding, brushing and walking the dog when I was 7 years old. Two years later my mother started searching for a larger breed. Her interest was focused on the Akita.

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Finally my mother decided for a male from one of the first breeders, Walter Häusler, in Germany (kennel name “von Schönböken / Nippon”). We had two Akitas from Japanese imports, which at that time (1960ies) were from the Kongo line and looked like American Akitas today. I also became in charge of caring for those dogs and attending obedience classes with them. In 1991, I had my first own Akitas, a black male, whose father was from California and a white female, whose mother was also from the US. I have bred Akitas since 1994. In 1995, I founded the first and only Rescue Organisation for Akitas in Germany (Akita in Not). In the last 20 years we have found new homes for approximately 500 Akitas and Akita Mix not only in Germany, but also in many European countries including England and Irland. We were even contacted by people from the United States. I also started activities within the German Akita Club and became a ring secretary. Later I led the German Akita office and was appointed the Breeding Supervisor of the German Akita Club. During that time I also started educating Akitas and took my final exam as a dog trainer with the German VDH in 2005. In 1999, I started my education as a judge and finalized my training for the Akita and the American Akita in 2002. Between 2002 and 2007, I completed the training as a Specialist Judge for all Nordic breeds in the German Club for Nordic Breeds. Since 2008, I have been a Specialist Judge for German Teckel and in 2009 I passed my exam as Specialist Judge for the Eurasier. In October 2010, I took my exam for Group 5 and since then I have been judging Group 4 and 5. In 2015 I started my education as a Specialist Judge for the Poodles, which I will finish this year. I have already judged many international and national shows in Germany and many other countries, such as: The Netherlands, Belgium,

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Luxemburg, France, Poland, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine etc. I was also asked to give seminars on the Akita and on the Eurasier for breeders and judges. For this purpose I travelled to the UK and to Calgary, Canada. In 2009, my first book on the breed Akita was published in Germany. The book was translated into English in 2011 and into Russian in 2012. It deals with the origin, breeding, rearing and owning of the Akita. I am also co-author of two Akita story books published in 2003 and 2015 in Germany. It is my main target as a breeder to breed a well-tempered, healthy Akita that

Judging CV: • KC approval to award CC's to Dobermann and Akita. • FCI approval to judge Akita Inu and American Akita • Best in Show and Group Judge at Open show level • A3 list: Shiba Inu • B List: Akita Inu, Rottweiler, Great Danes, Eurasier • C list: Shar Pei, German Spitz, Japanese Spitz, Dalmatian, Bulldog

complies with the current standard and thanks to being brought up in our home will be able to cope with every family situation, to become a lifelong faithful companion. The decision to become an Akita breeder made me found Akita Rescue (Akita in Not) in Germany. I wanted to make sure that every Akita in Need would get our attention and support to either solve a problem with the owner or find a new home for them.

In my role as a judge I challenge myself to find the best representatives of the breed as to breed standard, anatomy and temperament in combination with harmony with the handler. At the same time I try to create a trustful basis with handler/owner and the dogs to enable them to present themselves in the best possible way. As the Akita has always been my breed, I enjoy very much pursuing those aims.

As an author and dog trainer it is my foremost goal to optimize the communication between the Akita and his owner to become the perfect team in order to master any situation at home and outside.

Maureen Thompson Judge Breeder UNITED KINGDOM

www.kitado.co.uk

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