As you are walking your japanese akita around your neighborhood or at a shopping mall or just anywhere else, has anyone ever asked you this question?
“What kind of dog do you have?”
Then typically, I would say, “It’s a Japanese Akita.”
Then I hear, “oh, he’s beautiful… I have a friend who has an akita, but he is really big.”
Then I would reply, “They probably have an American Akita.”
Does this sound familiar to you?
It’s normal for a Japanese Akita owner to be stopped every so often for information about the breed. Most of the general public doesn’t know that there is the Japanese Akita and American Akita.
The reason why AKIHO-LA participates in Pet Expo, Nisei Week Festival and other exhibiting events, is to educate people that these are two different breeds with very distinguishable traits.
As an AKIHO-LA member and Japanese Akita owner, it is your responsibility to educate others as you had been educated by us.