I am currently contemplating between getting a Doberman or an Akita Inu as a pet. I have read plenty of reviews and watched videos, but I am still unsure which breed is better for me.
I live in a spacious apartment with my husband and two children who are aged 8 and 10. We are looking for a loyal and protective companion who can also be calm and gentle around our children. We love to spend time outdoors, going for walks and training our pets.
I have heard that Dobermans are intelligent and eager to please, making them easy to train. On the other hand, Akita Inus are known for their loyalty and protective nature, which could be great for our family's safety. However, I have also read that they can be quite stubborn and independent, making them a bit harder to train.
So, what do you guys think? Based on our lifestyle and preferences, which breed do you think would be a better fit for us? Any personal experiences or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
I've owned two Akita Inus, and I must say that they are loyal, independent, and incredible protectors of their family. They are amazing at reading their owner's moods and can even pick up on subtle cues like body language and tone of voice. They are very affectionate and protective of their family members.
As some of the other posts have mentioned, their stubbornness and independence can make training a bit difficult. However, like any dog, they respond well to consistent training, positive reinforcement, and plenty of socialization. Akita Inus can be great with kids as well, but they need to be trained and socialized with kids at a young age to ensure a harmonious relationship.
One thing to keep in mind is that they are big dogs with a lot of energy, so they need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy and healthy. They also tend to shed a lot, so regular grooming is necessary.
Overall, I think Akita Inus can make great pets for experienced dog owners who are willing to put in the time and effort to train them properly. They are loyal and protective dogs that will be fiercely devoted to their family.