23 – 25 inches
88 – 133 pounds
8 – 12 years
White, red, brown, black, fawn, and silver
Houses with large yards, experienced dog owners, families with older children
Independent and stubborn, intelligent, loyal, and possessive
The Akita Chow is a mix between the Akita and the Chow Chow. Both dogs can get relatively large, so it’s no surprise that the Akita Chow is a larger dog that can often reach up to 130 pounds. These dogs are intelligent and stubborn, so this breed doesn’t make a good first pet. They are easy to groom, but their coat sheds heavily, and they require quite a bit of exercise each day.
Akita Chow Puppies – What You Should Know Before You Buy…
How Much Do Akita Chow Puppies Cost?
The Akita Chow has two extremely high-priced parents that can put the cost of an Akita Chow around several thousand dollars. If you intend to contact a reputable dealer for your puppy, we recommend saving up at least $2000 before you begin to look for breeders, and you might spend twice that for your dog. The Akita can fetch up to $4500, while a Chow Chow can raise as much as $8000.
If you are not too picky, puppy adoption is a great way to acquire these dogs for far less money than is possible with a breeder. These dogs may be older, and you might miss the deadline to get them adjusted to children, but if you live alone, or are a couple, adoption can be a great way to obtain one of these prized pets.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Akita Chow
1. No one knows who created the Akita Chow, but it is suspected to originate in North America sometime in the 1990s. There is even speculation that it occurred naturally at some point.
2. The Akita Chow’s Chow Chow parents are known as one of the cleanest breeds of dog, and they have very little doggy odor.
3. The Akita Chows Akita parents are a Japanese dog breed that’s hundreds of years old. A famous Akita from the early 1900s is one of Japan’s most cherished symbols.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Akita Chow
The Akita Chow breed can be very stubborn and independent, but it’s also fiercely loyal and protective of its owners. They are not very affectionate but will guard you with their life. They are independent thinkers and make great guard dogs, but they do tend to chase stray animals that may be passing through your yard. This breed is friendly but may not like being knocked around by children and doesn’t like to share its parents with other pets and may become aggressive toward them.
We only recommend Akita Chows for homes that have no other pets, though it can work if you socialize them early.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪
The Akita Chow is a good dog for families if you don’t have a lot of pets or small children that may try to wrestle with them or pull their hair. They will require one family member to walk and exercise with them for about an hour a day, which is a large commitment and that you must take seriously to ensure the health and happiness of your pet.
They are not suitable for apartments because they need to much space and will feel constricted in a small apartment. We recommend a house with a large yard to provide plenty of running space.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
The Akita Chow is not known for getting along with other pets. They tend to chase small animals like squirrels and rabbits and quickly become jealous and possessive of their owner and will often become aggressive toward other pets in a household. They also tend to become overprotective of their owner and become aggressive toward other animals while you are walking them, so it’s best to keep them leashed at all times.
Things to Know When Owning an Akita Chow
These are some of the things you should think about before purchasing your Akita Chow.
Food and Diet Requirements 🦴
Your Akita Chow should eat food specially formulated for large dogs. You will need to follow the instructions on the package, but it will likely require you to feed your pet about three cups per day spread out over a few meals.
The Akita Chow meal requirements will change as they age, and we recommend consulting with your vet to find the best brand and amount to feed your pet. You will always want to use a high-quality dog food that doesn’t contain a lot of preservatives like BHA and contains real meats and vegetables.
Daily Exercise Requirements 🐕
The Akita Chow will require at least one hour of vigorous exercise per day to stay healthy and happy. Your pet’s energy level may vary from day to day, but they should always be ready to get at least that much exercise. When your dog I younger, it’s not uncommon for them to seek even more playtime hours.
You train your Akita Chow the same way you would any dog. Simply stand in front of your pet, repeating a simple command. When your dog complies, you give it a treat. After repeating this step several times a day for a few days, your pet should catch on and begin to perform the trick on the first or second try.
The problem is that your Akita Chow is very strong-willed and stubborn. They quickly lose focus during training drills and will make it incredibly difficult for you to accomplish your task of teaching them a new trick. It’s not that you can’t train an Akita Chow, but if this is your first pet, you are likely to become very frustrated.
Despite their long-haired appearance, grooming your Akita Chow Is not that difficult. It will require a good brushing three to four times a week to keep the hair free of knots and mats. This brushing will also help reduce the amount of hair shed from the pet. Your Akita Chow will also require regular nail clippings and tooth brushing to help maintain long term dental health.
Health and Conditions 🏥
Fortunately, the Akita Chow is a very fit animal with very few serious health issues affecting it. Let’s take a look at the few that do.
Male vs Female
The female Akita Chow is slightly smaller than the male, but it’s a very minute difference, and you may not know which is which, even when standing next to each other. The temperament is also very similar between the male and female Akita Chow.
Hopefully, our in-depth look at the Akita Chow has taught you some new things you have not heard before about these fascinating animals. If you are a seasoned pet owner looking for a pet that will challenge and reward you, the Akita Chow is a perfect choice. If we have got you thinking about purchasing an Akita Chow, please share this short guide on Facebook and Twitter.
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- Akita Chow Puppies – What You Should Know Before You Buy…
- How Much Do Akita Chow Puppies Cost?
- 3 Little-Known Facts About the Akita Chow
- Temperament & Intelligence of the Akita Chow
- Things to Know When Owning an Akita Chow