ban a breed of dog means failure; failure in your role as a parent for
not teaching kindness to your children, for not instructing them in dog
bite, safety and for not “parenting.” You are teaching them that they can
legislate instead of tolerate, they can ignore instead of learn and
worst of all, they can kill through ignorance.
It is the breeder’s failure for not educating the puppy buyer, for not
selecting the right temperament puppy for a household with children; for putting more emphasis
on type instead of sound mind, and then compounding the strength of this
failure. You accepted money for doing it all wrong! Shame on those whose
dogs add to these bleak statistics.
Mainly, it is the failure of an owner who lacks ethics, reliability, or
even interest in the very existence of their dog. They are either too
busy or unreliable to bond to the dog, and allow the inevitable to happen. It is the most profound and worst
form of capriciousness.
The truly blameless in breed bans are the dogs themselves and their victims,
but they pay the heaviest price. The most outrageous fact about
breed bans—those who are in fact guilty will never face justice—they will
go on to repeat the same mistakes, and as a society, we never take
action toward prevention. We continue to compile statistics that can be
avoided. Statistics that are not accurate. Do you think the
most dangerous breeds are Rottweilers, Pit Bulls and Akitas?
Wrong! Cornell University recently released information that 27% of
Springer Spaniels bite people. No one is trying to ban Springer
This is not the place for a full discussion of Pit Bulls because Akitas are a
breed native to Japan, a hunting breed; Pit Bulls are an American breed with a history
of its own. A wonderful history in movies, in our never ending wars,
and as heroes in every phase of American life including the settling of
Neither of these breeds are to be feared or banned. They are dogs, born
with their eyes closed, totally dependent on their mothers for their
existence. From their littermates, they go to our homes and become
part of our pack, dependent on humans for their very existence. We
can mold them into whatever we wish by how we feed them, nurture them,
teach them, socialize them and allow our children to treat them.
We can turn them into loyal, loving family companions, or we can turn
them into abandoned strays who die in shelters, or worse yet, dogs that
are added to a breed ban list. What your puppy becomes is in your
hands, and every decision you make is being watched by your
children--they learn from you--they mimic your behavior in everything as
they grow from child to adult.
Being a parent is an awesome responsibility and being a dog owner is
only slightly less work. All of your actions will have a reaction for
either good or bad.
With so few exceptions that I cannot think of one, Akitas involved in
bite cases are guilty of being owned by the wrong person. It's simple
really, allow your Akita to become the pack leader and you must follow
it's rules. Since you don't speak dog, and most of us fail to understand
the subtleties of canines' unspoken body language, you might as well start
digging holes in the backyard because that's what your Akita expects!
Roll over and show submission before you serve dinner! Preposterous?
Definitely, since you should be the leader in your household--the leader
of your kids and your dogs.
Too many people conduct a great deal more research before purchasing a
coffee maker or refrigerator than before purchasing a dog. They buy a
dog based on an emotional response to a fleeting look at the breed, and
then expect it to grow into a well adjusted, perfect family companion
without any basic knowledge of the breed.
Worse yet, they buy that “doggy in the window” from a pet store which buys
their stock from the vast puppy mills of America. Both purchases can
lead to tragedy because they are not based on any intelligent,
researched, sound decision. Get to know the history of a breed and its
nurturing requirements, its level of trainability, its need for
socialization and then decide if you really want a dog!
There are endless websites on the internet, many great books and dozens
of people willing to share information. Join one of the Akita lists,
contact one of the Akita Rescues, Google: "Akita," research until you
understand the needs of this breed and then make a decision.
Print out the Facts About Akitas page and have a family discussion.
Will this dog meet your requirements for a family companion or will you
have to make lifestyle changes to make this work? That NEVER does work!
If you purchase from a breeder, make certain your breeder wants to know
you and your family.
Akitas do not thrive when left to their own devices tied up in a yard
and ignored. They are a very social animal, capable of unlimited
love and profound loyalty. Read the story about
Kuma and you can see
that these dogs can die from a broken heart when their family fails
them. Loneliness is a soul-shattering condition for an Akita--for
any dog since they are pack oriented creatures.
Your commitment to your Akita will make all the difference between a
well adjusted animal, a family member, or one that is destined to become