Akita Chow

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Akita Chow History

The Akita Chow, or Akita-Chow, is a mixed-breed or hybrid dog that is the result of breeding an Akita to a Chow. The ancestors of the Akita are thought to have been domesticated between 3000 BC and 2000 BC in Japan. The ancestors of the Chow are thought to be the aboriginal dogs of China. The origins of the name “Akita” are unknown, but it is thought to be related to the Ainu language. The first mention of an “Akita” in a recorded history was in 794 AD. The origins of the “Chow” name are also unknown, but it is thought that the name is a reference to the Chinese word for “dog”. The first recorded appearance of an “Akita” in Europe was in 1605 when Dutch traders imported some to sell to Dutch traders. The popularity of the “Akita” slowly grew and by the latter part of the 18th century it had become very popular. At that time the “Akita” was much bigger than the “Chow” name implied, weighing up to 80 kg (180 lb). The “Akita” was very popular in England and the United States by the late 1800s. The “Chow” name was more popular in North America, where it was used for a variety of large, heavy-coated, square-headed, Spitz-type dogs.

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Akita Inu, Chow Chow

Akita Chow Physical Characteristics

The Akita Chow is a medium-sized, muscular, and athletic working dog that is typically 22 to 26 inches tall at the shoulders and weighs between 40 and 100 pounds. They have a thick, double coat of fur that is either white and black, red and white, or red and white with patches of black or dark brown. They have a large, triangular head with pointed ears and a bushy tail. The Akita-Chow has large, wide-set, almond-shaped eyes. This is a loyal, energetic, and protective breed.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 23 – 25 inches

Female Height Range: 23 – 25 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 99 – 145 lbs

Female Weight Range: 88 – 132 lbs

Akita Chow Health

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8-12 yrs

Akita Chow Health Concerns

Entropion, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Entropion, Distichiasis, Gastric Torsion, Elbow Dysplasia, Cataracts, Pemphigus, Sebaceous Adenitis

Akita Chow Temperament and Behaviour

The Akita Chow is a large, powerful dog with a distinctively thick coat. The breed is known for its loyalty, independence, and intelligence. Akita Chows are often aloof and reserved with strangers, but are loving and devoted to their families. They are active and playful, but can also be calm and relaxed. Akita Chows need plenty of exercise and space to run and play. They are relatively easy to train, but may be stubborn at times.

Akita Chow Activity Requirements

The Akita Chow is a long, elegant dog that was originally used to guard and hunt. Their alert demeanor and protective instincts make them an excellent watchdog, and their loyalty makes them excellent companions. The Akita Chow is an active, athletic breed that enjoys long walks and vigorous play. They should have at least an hour a day of vigorous exercise and will also need lots of room to stretch out and run. They need a fairly large home with a fenced yard. If you are looking for a high-energy, athletic companion, the Akita Chow may be the right dog for you. While they need regular exercise, they are calm and relaxed indoors.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Akita Chow is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Akita Chow is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Akita Chow is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Akita Chow is part of the Unclassified group.

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