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So you’re looking to adopt an Akita, or already have one?

According to the American Kennel Club, “Akitas are burly, heavy-boned spitz-type dogs of imposing stature. Standing 24 to 28 inches at the shoulder, Akitas have a dense coat that comes in several colors, including white. The head is broad and massive, and is balanced in the rear by a full, curled-over tail. The erect ears and dark, shining eyes contribute to an expression of alertness, a hallmark of the breed.Akitas are quiet, fastidious dogs. Wary of strangers and often intolerant of other animals, Akitas will gladly share their silly, affectionate side with family and friends. They thrive on human companionship. The large, independent-thinking Akita is hardwired for protecting those they love. They must be well socialized from birth with people and other dogs. Akitas are muscular, double-coated dogs of ancient Japanese lineage famous for their dignity, courage, and loyalty. In their native land, they are venerated as family protectors and symbols of good health, happiness, and long life.”

An Akita typically ranges from 60.96cm to 71.12cm in height, and weighs from 31.751465900000003kg to 58.9670081kg.

There are a few pet insurance companies in New Zealand that offer dog insurance for Akita breeds. Try Cove Insurance as they are currently offering a one-month free promotion. Typically Akita insurance ranges from $30 per month to $65 – but of course this varies depending on a range of other factors such as gender.

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