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The Japanese Miracle: Interesting Facts about the Shiba Inu and Akita Inu Breeds

A contented and slightly sly smile never leaves the furry muzzles of these dogs. And how can you not smile from the awareness of your own irresistible? In addition, the status of planetary scale favorites and recognized stars of the Internet is binding. Today we will get closer acquainted with the dogs of megapopular breeds – Akita Inu and Siba Inu, and at the same time find out about all the most interesting.

The Japanese Miracle: Interesting Facts about the Shiba Inu and Akita Inu Breeds
The external similarity of these spitz-shaped rocks is noticeable to the naked eye. But it’s worth going into the description of the Siba Inu and Akita Inu dog breeds, and the differences will become obvious. The main one is the size. Akita is almost twice as big as Siba. The height of an adult Akita at the withers is on average 60–70 cm, and its weight is up to 30 kg, whereas the Siba reaches a height of maximum 35–40 cm, and weighs no more than 10 kg. By temperament, these dogs are not at all alike. “Akita are independent, proud and independent dogs that will not tolerate familiarity,” said breeder Arina Weller. – They show unbridled playfulness only at a young age, over the years they become calmer and more measured. Carefree, quick and open-minded Sibs constantly need to communicate and are ready for puppy fun until old age. Unlike Akit, they are loyal to children and even other pets.

On guard of peace
The Japanese Miracle: Interesting Facts about the Shiba Inu and Akita Inu Breeds
Another important difference between Akita Inu and Siba Inu is in the history of their origin. The first Sibi appeared in Japan in the VI – VII century BC. er These miniature quieter four-legged were used as guards in Buddhist monasteries. Later they became indispensable assistants to the peasants: they kept cattle and frightened off predators. Akita breed is 8 thousand years old and is considered one of the oldest in the world. They were also used as guards, only in the homes of the highest nobility and in the palace of the emperor himself. It is noteworthy that during the Second World War, representatives of both breeds were actively involved in hostilities and even crossed with sheepdogs. As a result, they were on the verge of extinction. Fortunately, the Japanese managed not only to preserve a valuable population, but also to increase it.

Samurai on four legs
The Japanese Miracle: Interesting Facts about the Shiba Inu and Akita Inu Breeds
Akita Inu – the very embodiment of peace. Such equanimity one can only envy. Even an emergency situation is not able to unbalance them. And if the Akita gives voice, there is a serious cause for concern. Adult animals rarely show violent emotions towards the owner and prefer to hold on independently. They demonstrate their deep affection differently. To the unshakable samurai calm is also attached a powerful intellect. “Good-looking akits respond well to training, have a phenomenal memory and read the emotional state of a person through facial expressions,” says Arina Weller. “All this makes them immaculate companion dogs, especially for old people and dedicated single-minded workaholics.” No wonder they gained fame as the most devoted dogs in the world.

Inquisitive mind and nimble paws
The Japanese Miracle: Interesting Facts about the Shiba Inu and Akita Inu Breeds
Curiosity and courage are the qualities that Shiba Inu puppies show from the first months of life. That is why it is important to direct them in the right direction and start raising them at the age of 6–8 weeks. If you do not pay due attention to this, there will be no chance any further to cope with a stubborn disposition. Consider, sibas are not accustomed to sitting in one place and their boiling energy should be spent on active entertainment. Barking in their performance – a rare phenomenon. At the same time, the sounds being made are somewhat reminiscent of a bird hubbub or even an imitation of human speech. Often this is a way to attract the attention of the owner to his person or announce the impending danger. And Siba incredibly freedom-loving. They do not cost anything to break the leash or make a dig under the fence and make a daring escape.

I can wait for you
The Japanese Miracle: Interesting Facts about the Shiba Inu and Akita Inu Breeds
Without exaggeration, the most illustrious Akita Inu was and remains Hachiko. The faithful dog met his master Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor at Tokyo University, every day at the train station. One day, he suddenly died right at work from a stroke. On this day, the dog waited for him for several hours. Hachiko returned to his former place day after day for nine years and patiently waited for the return of his beloved master. Soon the extraordinary dog ​​became famous throughout Japan. Therefore, after his death, mourning was declared in the country. As a sign of special respect, the Japanese put a monument to Hachiko. During World War II, it had to be melted down into service. But by the enthusiasts in 1948 a new monument was installed.

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