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Shikoku dog vs Akita – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Shikoku dog Akita
OriginsJapan Japan
Group Companion Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank21047
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Other Names Shikoku dog, Kochi-ken, Mikawa Inu, Japanese Wolfdog Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita, American Akita
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition No set American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club
Price $500-$800 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Shikoku dog vs Akita

Size Large Medium Large
Weight Male: 35-50 pounds (16-23 kg), Female: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg) Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 42.5 pounds (19.5 kg), Female: 37.5 pounds (17 kg) Male: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 kg)
Height Male: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 19 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Shikoku dog vs Akita

Coat Soft Fluffy Dense Waterproof Straight
Colors Black Black & Tan Cream Red Fawn White Black Brown
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Shikoku dog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Shikoku dogs shed moderately.
Akitas are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Shikoku dog vs Akita

Temperament Agile Cautious Intelligent Brave Energetic Loyal Alert Dignified Friendly Responsive Courageous Docile Intelligent Vigilant Independent Faithful Willing Protective
Intelligent Rank
Average: Shikoku dog's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Shikoku dogs are quite easy to train.
Akitas are easy to train.
Playfulness
Shikoku dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Akitas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Shikoku dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Akitas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Shikoku dogs are a social breed.
Akitas need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Shikoku dog rarely barks.
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Shikoku dogs are average watchdogs.
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Shikoku dogs strongly protect their territory.
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Shikoku dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Akita has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Shikoku dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Akitas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Shikoku dogs have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Akita is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Shikoku dogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Akitas have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Shikoku dogs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Shikoku dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Shikoku dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Shikoku dog vs Akita

Stranger Friendly
Shikoku dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Shikoku dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Shikoku dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Shikoku dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Shikoku dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Akita is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Shikoku dogs are commonly okay with elderly people.
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Shikoku dogs are generally with other pets.
Akitas are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Shikoku dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Akitas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Shikoku dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Akita breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Shikoku dog vs Akita

Health Issues
Shikoku dogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Egészségesek Akita fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Health Problems No set Bloat Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Sebaceous Adenitis
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No
Energy Level
Shikoku dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Akitas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Shikoku dogs have an average exercise need.
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Shikoku dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Akitas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Akita can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Shikoku dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Akita has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Shikoku dog drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Akita is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - Shikoku dog vs Akita

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 3-12 puppies

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