Is the Akita really a fighting dog? The breeds…

Is the Akita really a fighting dog? The breeds original purpose was to hunt Bear and Deer but even that is loosely based. It was tried at some point in its early history as a dog fighter but only for a short time with the city of Ōdate being given credit as to where the idea was conceived.

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But the more I research, I find the breed wasn’t fully involved in the sport of dog fighting as it’s history has lead us to believe. First off, dog fighting was outlawed and other breeds like the Tosa Inu proved to be a more able fighter indirectly causing the Akita to gradually lose popularity.

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Concerned by the breeds’ potential extinction, in 1919 the Japanese included the large spitz type dog by then called the Akita after a prefecture in Northern Japan. It was not until 1931 after searching isolated villages that the Akita, many of whom resembled crossbred dogs from its informal fighting past were used to bring the breed back. Luckily in their search enough other dogs that resembled the current idea of a purebred Akita were found and were the stating block of the rebuild you see today.

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Now Akita dogs did manage their way into Europe where dog fighting was already in place and introducing a new dog in those days was a premium. From this juncture the stories/history of its fighting abilities is where it could possibly stem from.

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Pictured is Japanese styled Akita
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