The Schwarz Kennels

and the Dire Wolf Project

Outcrossing to Akita


The Akita is a large spitz breed of dog originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. There are two separate varieties of Akita: a Japanese strain, known as the "Akita Inu" or "Japanese ...

Life span: 11 to 15 years
Origin: Japan
Temperament: Responsive, Dignified, Alert, Courageous, Docile, Friendly
Height: Female: 24–26 inches (61–66 cm), Male: 26–28 inches (66–71 cm)
Colors: White, Fawn, Brindle, Pinto, Red
Weight: Female: 70.5–99.2 lbs (32–45 kg), Male: 99.2–130.1 lbs (45–59 kg)

Quoted from Wikipedia

Why outcross to the Akita?

The Akita outcross was chosen for short ears, short muzzle, short tail and the diversity of genetic characteristics that keep hybrid vigo. Since the look is the lowest priority in our breeding program only a "drop" of Akita will be used, starting with an Akita MIX.

Our Akita/Malamute Line


6/25/13:   We Just bought our Akita outcrosses and man did we get lucky, or blessed!    Manuel O. found a litter of Alaskan Malamute AKC x Akita AKC pups, so we grabbed up two of them.
 
   This will save me about a year in our breeding program!  Thank you Manuel Orleando!!!


These pups are F-1's out of an AKC Akita Female and an AKC Alaskan Malamute Male.  Why would a person bred these two pure breds together?   Beats me?  But I think that mix is a really nice mix as it softens up the akita bad boy temperament, but on the other hand if you get more akita than mal, you get the akita temperament.

Observations

Below are the characteristics of these pups on June/July 2013:

WHINES     When placed in a strange place or without any other animals, this young pups whines and howls and is emotionally upset.  When placed in my arms he is comforted.
 
HOWLS   easily when distressed or sad, things are not going his way. likes to be in my lap.
 
DIGS  easily. Comes naturally as a pup. Doesn't dig a lot as he is growing older. did dig under the fence.
 
STUBBORN  both the malamute and the akita will pretend not to hear you. At a young age they will gladly learn and do for you as much as they can, but when older, they will refuse to.
 
TRAINING   because of their stubbornness and independence the are not easily trained for a beginner, but for someone who has had an Akita before, they will understand and be able to handle this loving pup.
 
SEPERATION ANXIETY    clearly pissed off, wont move, stiff, howls, whines, but not fast, not loud as I am sitting 6 feet away from him. He knows I am here, but he has never been placed in an exercise pen by himself.  I tried to give him a chicken frank, clearly his first...  but he would not take it.   I threw in my plastic coke bottle about 10 min after he was in the pen and he did go get it, fall on it and start chewing it. He is 9 wks old. He is a puppy we shall see how he is as he is older. Most Akita's are not noisy, do not bark much nor do they whine, but this is a pup at this time.
 
TERRITORIAL   once he establishes himself in a territory or space he explores it without anxiety and then claims it easily at this age. The more he sits in my lap, the more he claims me, he thinks. lol
 
WATER  likes water. gets in it, enjoys it, cools off in it as long as it is on his terms. in the tub he froze for 8 min on his belly.
 
NEW LEARNING EXPERIENCEs    clearly does not like anything new. It takes a lot of repetition. No rewards help as this pup is stubborn as a mule.  will not accept rewards when he is stressed out.  New learning stresses this pup out. Wants to run away. Is planning and thinking how and when to exit and will be super quick about it. You will not be prepared as his body is stiff and he will not let you know through body language, unless you know the breed.

Progression of the 'Akita Line'

After evaluating both pups, the male (Man'o'War) was kept used to start the Akita line. He was bred to a champion AA breeding female (Nadine (ROM)).

Man'o'War
Malamute/Akita mix

Saratoga (Tesla)
F-1

Champ
F-2

 

F-1 The first Generation - whelped Feb 27, 2014

One female from this litter (Saragtoga /"Tesla") was kept for breeding. She was bred to an AA stud, Otis (/"Lobo").

F-2 The Second Generation - Whelped Dec 31, 2014

One male from this litter (Silver Champagne ("Champ")) was kept for breeding.   He was breed to three of the girls from the GSD line.

F-3 The Third Generation - Whelped December, 2015

This line was merged with the German Shepherd this generation.


Schwarz dogs are NOT working dogs

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