The Golden Akita Retriever: A Complete Guide

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The Golden Akita Retriever is a hybrid breed of dog that combines a Golden Retriever with the Japanese Akita.

These are two dogs of roughly the same size, but with different temperaments, and yet it is a blend that just seems to work.

However, before owning this breed, you need to be aware of a number of different factors that will certainly have an impact on your decision as to whether or not you should own one.

Thankfully, that is where our complete guide to the breed is going to prove itself to be rather useful.

Throughout the course of this complete guide, you will learn everything that you need to care for this particular breed in the correct manner.

That being said, prior to us delving into the various parts, we want to just begin by running over several key points.

Golden Akita Retriever Puppies – Before You Buy…

A Golden Akita Retriever looking at you
The Golden Akita Retriever is a strong dog.

There is a great deal of responsibility that comes with owning a dog of any kind no matter its size, so the fact that this is a large dog does not make a difference.

Before you buy this puppy, you should know that it is perhaps not the best breed for those that are completely new at this kind of thing.

They are strong and can be slightly stubborn, so the experience of handling a dog will prove to be essential.

However, that is not all.

You should also be aware that this breed has a rather large appetite, and that adds up to a hefty food bill throughout a year.

They also require a lot of exercise to not only get them fit and healthy but also to avoid them getting bored.

So, before purchasing your new puppy, perhaps keep these key points in mind.

  • Only buy if you are experienced with handling dogs.
  • Be aware that they are strong, so training is essential.
  • They want to be the leader of the pack, so are you up to enforcing your position?

Your place in the family structure has to be secure because the power that this dog can have is pretty impressive.

They need to know where they stand in the order of things. If you are unsure as to how you do this, then perhaps learn about it before you go any further.

What Price are Golden Akita Retriever Puppies?

As with any breed, there will be a number of factors that will ultimately contribute to the price that you pay.

Typically, the pedigree of the parents will play a role as will the type of breeder that you are dealing with.

The better the pedigree along with the better the breeder, then the higher the price. Also, do not forget that your location can also play a role.

If possible, search for a breeder over a larger area as that can certainly have an impact on the price that you pay.

That being said, the general price you should be expecting to pay for Golden Akita Retriever puppies in the United States will be in the region of $700.

However, this can vary, so it is only intended as a ballpark figure.

In the United Kingdom, prices will be somewhere in the region of £600 with some potential variation on either side of that figure.

How to Find Reputable Golden Akita Retriever Breeders?

Even though this is a hybrid breed, it will not be that difficult to find breeders that have the kind of reputation that you are searching for.

They may not be on the Kennel Club list as a purebred dog, but they do still keep a register of breeders that are known to meet various exacting standards.

This will be a great resource to use, and if you want to take things a step further then the Dog Breeder’s Association would be another good place to check out.

3 Little-Known Facts About Golden Akita Retriever Puppies

As we said earlier, you may know a few things about the Golden Retriever as well as the Akita, but this hybrid breed could be completely new to you.

  • They cannot exercise right after food.

This breed can often have a real problem with bloat, so even if they are full of life, they need to rest for at least an hour after eating.

Yes, this dog does have to let its food go down before doing anything else or it will have a real physical problem.

  • The Akita goes back as far as the 15th century.

This hybrid breed only dates to the 1980s, but the Akita aspect goes back centuries. In fact, it has been traced back as far as the 15th century in Japan.

  • You need your running shoes.

This breed likes to stretch its legs, so you better get your running shoes on. Just a gentle stroll with them is not going to do it. Instead, a brisk walk or even a jog is going to be better for them.

Physical Traits of the Golden Akita Retriever

Many Golden Akita Retrievers looking up
The Golden Akita Retriever should get an adequate amount of exercise.

As this is a hybrid breed, you can never be sure as to which breed is going to provide the more prominent features.

That being said, there are many general traits that do seem to be relatively common with the Golden Akita Retriever.

They have a muscular build, and it does tend to lend itself more towards the Akita rather than the Retriever part.

The head of this breed will also tend to be rather large. It will often be slightly roundish in shape with triangular ears that sit high on top of the head.

Their muzzle is certainly in proportion to the rest of the dog, but the fact that it still looks large tells you just how big this breed is.

Their legs are long with compact feet, but their legs are of a muscular nature, so do not be fooled.

On most occasions, the tail is going to be similar to that of the Akita, which means it curls up onto their back.

They will also have a double coat and are quite heavy shedders, so they do require regular grooming to remove that fur and stop it from causing problems.

How Big is a Full-Grown Golden Akita Retriever?

This is a big dog, and while there is little difference between the sexes, the male will tend to be slightly bigger than the female on most occasions.

For their height, the male will often be anywhere between 24 – 26inches while the female is 23 – 25inches.

For their weight, the male will be anywhere between 75 – 100lbs while the female is slightly lighter at 65 – 90lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Golden Akita Retriever?

While the life expectancy of the Golden Akita Retriever can vary depending on different influences, it will generally be in the region of 10 to 12 years.

However, with the correct care, do not be surprised if they sail past that 12-year mark without displaying any signs of any problems.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Golden Akita Retriever

The Golden Retriever is regarded as being the fourth most intelligent breed of dog, and the Akita is no slouch either.

That means that this mix is also going to impress you, and that comes across loud and clear with its ability to learn new skills in a short time.

There is also a rather interesting combination going on in that the Retriever is very friendly while the Akita is wary of strangers.

That means this mix is a good guard dog as it seems to have a real balance between the two. This breed is brave and will bark to alert you to anything strange that is going on.

They can display real patience, and they can be fantastic with children although be careful with small children as they can get carried away and inadvertently injure the child.

If they are socialized with them early enough, then this breed will get along with other dogs and even cats, but this has to be done at an early age.

Overall, they have quite a mellow temperament that is in contrast to their appearance but they certainly have a wonderful personality that is friendly, loving, and also exceptionally loyal.

The Golden Akita Retriever’s Diet

Golden Akita Retriever
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You need to remember that the Golden Akita Retriever is a large dog, and its diet is going to reflect that.

You will be looking at feeding them three cups of food per day, and we recommend dry Kibble as that is going to have all of the different nutrients that their body needs.

If you get them as a puppy, then it will be essential that you stick to the feeding schedule provided to you by the breeder.

This large dog needs to follow specific eating requirements as it grows or it could lead to problems, so do not veer off what the breeder tells you.

It will also be in the best interest of your dog if you avoid cheaper food and perhaps even consider trying to get specialist food as they age.

Cheaper brands use cheaper ingredients, and when you have a breed that can be prone to bloat, then getting their diet correct is going to be more important than ever.

While you can feed them some of your food, it will be better for their digestion if it only made up around 10% of their diet.

It can be all too easy to give them something that can upset their stomach, and you do not want to kickstart those kinds of issues.

How Much Exercise Does a Golden Akita Retriever Need?

When it comes to the level of exercise, then you must remember that both parent breeds are known for their relatively high activity levels.

Ultimately, this does mean that you need to prepare yourself for providing them with a lot of exercise.

Ideally, they should get around 2 hours of exercise per day. It will also be better if there is a yard that they can explore and run around whenever they want.

This does mean that they will not be suitable for people living in an apartment as they need outdoor space.

Also, playing with them is going to be required. While they might not be the type to fetch a ball they do enjoy pulling and tugging games, and that will also help to keep their mind stimulated.

Golden Akita Retriever Health and Conditions

This hybrid breed does have a number of potential health conditions to be aware of.

However, before getting your puppy, you should ask the breeder if the parents have been checked out for various conditions. This will stop them from being passed down the genetic line.

So, the health conditions that you should be aware of are as follows:

  • Bloat
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypothyroidism

Several of these conditions can be checked out by a vet. Also, they can pick up normal illnesses that affect dogs in general including being allergic to different things.

My Final Thoughts on the Golden Akita RetrieverAn adult Golden Akita Retriever going for a walk

The Golden Akita Retriever is a large dog both in size as well as personality.

It may look quite fierce, but behind all of that is a breed that has a soft heart and loving towards their family.

However, never forget that this is a strong dog that can cause damage if something goes wrong, so do avoid getting rough when playing because they could easily misunderstand what is happening.

Aside from that, your main concern should be in connection with making sure that they get the correct amount of exercise.

Keep them fit, and keep them healthy and you will have a companion for a number of years and one that will stand by your side through thick and thin.

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