Akita

Popular Dog Breeds

All about the Akita

There are two types of Akita: the Japanese or the American. Both are similar and are typically a quiet and brave breed.

This breed can be a little difficult to train. Patience and a firm approach are required to train this breed as they can sometimes be quite headstrong. It is vital for this dog to be socialised with children at an early age if it is to be kept as a pet and live with a family. It has a natural instinct to hunt and makes for a good guard dog.

The Akita loves variety and can become bored and agitated very easily. This breed can require a lot of time and attention when training; and it is not recommended for first time owners. If the proper time is devoted to training this dog it can become the most loyal of companions.

The Akita is listed as a restricted breed in Ireland on the Control of Dogs Regulations 1998.

Grooming an Akita

Hair type: There are two breeds of Akita: the Japanese and the American Akita. They both have a double coat. The undercoat is thick, soft, dense and shorter than the outer coat. The outer coat is straight, harsh and stands slightly off the body. The hair on the head, legs and ears are short. The length of the hair at withers and rump is around 2 inches long which is slightly longer than the rest of the body; except the tail where the coat is longest and most profuse.

Daily coat care: The coarse, stiff, short haired coat needs significant grooming. Brush with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when absolutely necessary. Bathing removes the natural waterproofing of the coat. This breed sheds heavily twice a year.

Recommended groom frequency: Akitas should be seen by a professional groomer every 8-12 weeks.

At Petmania Grooming Studios we have a full range of treatments available for your Akita. If you get puppy, we recommend our Puppy’s First Visit at around four months; once your puppy has received all its vaccinations.

Diet

Depending on the age, size and activity level of your Akita; you can expect to feed between 350g and 800g of dry dog food a day.

To help you choose the right dog food for your Akita, speak with one of our Pet Care Advisors in-store today.

Activity Level

The Akita needs moderate but regular exercise to stay in shape. It should be taken for long daily walks. It is not an overly active dog; but nonetheless it requires exercise to keep it mentally and physically fulfilled.

Where to get an Akita

There are lots of places offering dogs or puppies for sale in Ireland; but we would always ask that you consider adopting a dog first. Our animal rescue partners have 100’s of rescue dogs and puppies seeking a forever home; and would be delighted to introduce you to them.

However, if a rescue dog is not for you, we do recommend that you choose a registered breeder; and seek Irish Kennel Club registration papers which will confirm that the dog has been bred to their strict code of ethics.


To exfoliate, hydrate and nourish your dog's skin this summer season
Terms & Conditions apply. See our Conditions of Service for more information.
Coconut
Summer Spa
Treatment Includes
T&C Apply. Final prices will be determined by dog breed, size and coat type.
Price Guide
Short / Smooth
Long / Heavy / Curly
Small
from €50
from €70
Medium
from €50
from €70
Large
from €60
from €80
Giant
from €75
from €95
  • Canine Massage
  • Blow Dry
  • Expert Nail Trim
  • Ear Clean
  • Eye Cleanse
  • Breed Standard Styling
  • Hydrating Bath in our luxurious Coconut Scrub
infused with Cocono Oil and Coconut Milk
T&C Apply. Final price determined by dog size, breed and coat type.
Coconut Summer Spa
To exfoliate, nourish and hydrate your dog's skin
Treatment Includes
Price Guide
Short / Smooth
Long / Heavy / Curly
Small
from €50
from €70
Medium
from €50
from €70
Large
from €60
from €80
Giant
from €75
from €95
  • Canine Massage
  • Blow Dry
  • Expert Nail Trim
  • Ear Clean
  • Eye Cleanse
  • Breed Standard Styling
  • Bath in our luxurious Coconut Scrub
infused with Coconut Oil & Coconut Milk
For dogs who have completed their First Dental Visit
Terms & Conditions apply. See our Conditions of Service for more information.
Ultrasonic Toothbrushing
What's Involved?
This service is a silent, vibration-free way of keeping your dog's teeth clean and preventing a build-up of plaque and bacteria in your dog's mouth. Using our specialised toothbrush and toothpaste, we brush along the gum line to remove debris and provide a dental foam wash to make their breath fresh for when they return home. 
This is not a veterinary procedure. Petmania reserve the right to refuse treatment to a dog where we feel veterinary care is required. Please see our Conditions of Service for more information
Treatment Includes
Treatment Includes
Regular brushing and good at-home dental care routine is recommended to help prevent the build up of Plaque & Tartar and bad breath which can lead to serious illness such as Gingivitis, Periodontitis and Oral Cavity Diseases.
Price for Adults: €29 | Price for Puppies: €15
This treatment can be booked as a standalone appointment or added to any other grooming service
This is not a veterinary procedure. Petmania reserve the right to refuse treatment where we feel veterinary care is required. Please see our Conditions of Service for more information
Ultrasonic Toothbrushing
For dogs who have completed their First Dental Visit.
What is involved?
This service is a silent, vibration-free way of keeping your dog's teeth clean and preventing a build-up of plaque and bacteria in your dog's mouth. Using our specialised toothbrush and toothpaste, we brush along the gum line to remove debris and provide a dental foam wash to make their breath fresh for when they return home.
Keeping your dog's teeth clean at home through regular brushing is essential to help prevent the build up of Plaque & Tartar, which is a cause of bad bread and can lead to serious illness such as Gingivitis, Periodontitis and Oral Cavity Diseases.
Price for Adults: €29 | Price for Puppies: €15
Terms & Conditions apply. See our Conditions of Service for more information.
First Dental Visit
What is involved?
During your dog's first dental visit, we will introduce them to the tooth brush and only when comfortable, we will complete the first ultrasonic tooth cleaning. Also includes your dog's own exclusive toothbrush head for future visits.
This is not a veterinary procedure. Petmania reserve the right to refuse treatment to a dog where we feel veterinary care is required. Please see our Conditions of Service for more information.
Treatment Includes
Treatment Includes
What happens after?
Provided your dog was comfortable during their first visit, they can then avail of our Ultrasonic Toothbrushing service. This involves brushing your dog's teeth using our specialised toothbrush and toothpaste to remove bacteria and debris. This service can be booked as a standalone appointment or added on to any other pre-booked treatment.
Price for Adults: €49 | Price for Puppies: €20
This is not a veterinary procedure. Petmania reserve the right to refuse treatment where we feel veterinary care is required. Please see our Conditions of Service for more information
First Dental Visit
What is involved?
We will introduce them to the toothbrush and only when comfortable, we will complete their first ultrasonic tooth cleaning. Includes your dog's own exclusive toothbrush head for future visits.
Provided your dog was comfortable, they can then avail of our Ultrasonic Toothbrushing service. This involves brushing your dog's teeth using our specialised toothbrush and toothpaste to remove bacteria and debris. This service can be booked as a standalone treatment or added on to any other pre-booked treatment.
Price for Adults: €49 | Price for Puppies: €20
What is involved?