How Long Do American and Japanese Akitas Live?

The life span of a four-legged family member is one of the concerns of a breeder. Choosing a breed for your own needs, this question becomes a matter of course. It is especially relevant in families with children. And it’s hard for adults to say goodbye to their pets. But at some point, parting is inevitable.

How Long Do Akita Dogs Live?

Akita Inu lives on average 10-12 years. If we take the average by breed, then it is slightly below average. But let’s not be sad about the statistics. Who knows, maybe your puppy will be able to outlive everyone and refute all the statistics.

It is important to take into account that the life expectancy of an Akita is influenced by at least 5 factors:

Genetics. The better the “blood” of the brood, the more chances.

Diet. Nutrition is important for everyone

Exercise. Life is in motion, this also applies to dogs.

Sex life. If the animal is not used for breeding purposes and does not have a regular sex life, it is better to spay the dog. The oppression of the psyche by hormones can say very negatively not only on the physical but also on the mental health of the dog.

Emotional environment of existence. If the animal grows in harmony with all family members, positive emotions, joy, then he will want to live more, longer, brighter.

Akita Inu: Diseases

Diseases, including genetic ones, significantly reduce the stay of pets near their owners. So why be afraid:

Genetic diseases are absent in purebred Akita. They tried to cross them with other representatives of the huskies, but the pedantic Japanese did not allow “to breed a surrogate” even in the name of attempts to extend the life of the breed.

Infectious diseases scourge of the breed. Aujeszky’s plague, rabies, and infirmity are the most common of these.

Infection with parasites is also difficult for Akitas.

There are some congenital but not transmitted problems with internal organs, most often with the gastrointestinal tract.

Having determined in time that the dog is unwell, behaves differently, looks, you can quickly and without consequences eliminate the cause of the ailment. Lingering illnesses drain the animal and reduce its vital resources.

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