Sensakura Kennel - AKITA INU

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Standard FCI no 255







Origin: JAPAN
Date of publikation of the valid stabdard: 13.03.2001.
Utilization: Companion dog
Classification F.C.I.: GROUP 5: Spitz and primitive type.
SECTION 5: Asian Spitz and related breeds. Without working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY
Originally Japanese dogs were small to medium in size and no large breeds existed. 
Since 1603 in the Akita region, Akita Matagis (medium-sized bear-hunting dogs) were used as fighting dogs.
 From 1868 Akita Matagis were crossed with Tosas and Mastiffs.  Consequently, the size of this
breed increased but characteristics associated with Spitz type were lost. In 1908 dog fighting
was prohibited, but this breed was nevertheless preserved and improved as a large Japanese breed.
 As a result, nine superior examples of this breed were designated as « Natural Monuments »
 in 1931. During World War II (1939-1945), it was common to use dogs as a source of fur for
military garments.The police ordered the capture and confiscation of all dogs other than
German Shepherd Dogs used for military purposes.Some fanciers tried to circumvent the
order by crossbreeding their dogs with German Shepherd Dogs. When World War II ended,
 Akitas had been drastically reduced in number and existed as three distinct types;
1) Matagi Akitas,
2) fighting Akitas, and
 3) Shepherd Akitas.
This created a very confusing situation in the breed. During the restoration process of
the pure breed after the war., Kongo-go, a dog of the Dewa line, which exhibited characteristics of the
Mastiff and German Shepherd However, sensible learned fanciers did not approve of this type
 as a proper Japanese breed, so they made efforts to eliminate the strain old foreign breeds
by crossbreeding with Matagi Akitas for the purpose of restoring the original pure breed.
They succeeded in stabilizing the pure strain of large sized breed as known today.


GENERAL APPEARANCE:
Large-sized dog, sturdily built, well balanced and with much substance;
secondary sex characteristics strongly marked,
with high nobility and dignity in modesty ; constitution tough.

 IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS:
The ratio of height at withers to length of body
( from the point of the shoulders to the point of the buttock)
 is 10 : 11, but the body is slightly longer in bitches than in dogs.

BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT:
The temperament is composed, faithful, docile and receptive.

HEAD
CRANIAL REGION:
Skull: The size is in proportion to the body.
The forehead is broad, with distinct furrow. No wrinkle.
Stop : Defined.

FACIAL REGION:
Nose: Large and black. Slight and diffuse lack of pigment accepted in
white dogs only, but black is always preferred.
Muzzle: Moderately long and strong with broad base,
tapering but not pointed. Nasal bridge straight.
Jaws/Teeth: Teeth strong with scissor bite.
Lips: Tight. Cheeks: Moderately developed.
 Eyes: Relatively small, almost triangular in shape due to the rising of
the outer eye corner, set moderately apart, dark brown: the darker, the better.
 Ears: Relatively small, thick, triangular, slightly rounded at tips, set moderately
apart, pricked and inclining forward.

NECK:
Thick and muscular, without dewlap, in balance with head.

BODY:
Back: Straight and strong.
Loin: Broad and muscular.
Chest: Deep, forechest well developed, ribs moderately well sprung.
 Belly: Well drawn up.

 TAIL:
Set on high, thick, carried vigorously curled over back ; the tip nearly reaching hocks when let down.

LIMBS
FOREQUARTERS:
 Shoulders: Moderately sloping and developed.
Elbows: Tight.
Forearms: Straight and heavy-boned.

HINDQUARTERS: Well developed, strong and moderately angulated.
 
FEET: Thick, round, arched and tight.

GAIT: Resilient and powerful movement.

COAT
HAIR: Outer coat harsh and straight, undercoat soft and dense; the withers
and the rump are covered with slightly longer hair ; the hair on
tail is longer than on the rest of the body.
COLOUR: Red fawn, sesame (red fawn hairs with black tips), brindle and white.
 All the above mentioned colours except white must have urajiro.
(Urajiro = whitish coat on the sides of the muzzle, on the cheeks,
on the underside of jaw, neck, chest, body and tail and on the inside of the legs).

SIZE
Height at the withers:
 Dogs: 67 cm.
Bitches: 61 cm.
There is a tolerance of 3 cm more or less.

 FAULTS:
Any departure from the foregoing points should
 be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault
should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
  • Bitchy dogs / doggy bitches.
  • Undershot or overshot mouth.
  • Missing teeth.
  • Blue or black spotted tongue.
  • Iris light in colour.
  • Short tail.
  •  Shyness.

ELIMINATING FAULTS:
  • Aggresive or overly shy.
  • Ears not pricked.
  • Hanging tail.
  • Long hair (shaggy).
  • Black mask.
  • Markings on white ground.
Any dog clearly showing physical
or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

NB: Male animals should have two apparently
normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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