Video: Examination Of The American Akita Inu
When placing four Akita Inu (the fifth is not included in the comparison), you must proceed from the type of dog and its strength. In this summary, the type of Akita will be characterized by its head, neck, body, limbs and tail. Strength is determined by the correct structure of the girdle of the front and the girdle of the hind limbs.
By Svenska Mässan from Sweden - BIR Grupp 5: AMERICAN AKITA, Estava Rain Reckless Road
Dog A. This Akita is spoiled by too long body and large pointed ears. The ratio of body length to height in gold (11: 9) would be ideal for a bitch, but not for a male (ideally 10: 9). This medium-sized male has a height at the withers of 67.5 cm and a body length of 82.5 cm instead of the desired 75 cm.The average height at the withers of a bitch is 62.5 cm, while the ideal body length is 76.5 cm, which is 1.5 cm more than a male with a height at the withers of 67.5 cm. These elongated males often have a lighter bone structure and look tall, which is a disadvantage for the breed. You may have already located this dog. And yet, if dog A had a lightweight skeleton, what place would it take in your placement: second, third, or fourth?
Dog V. This Akita is not perfect for two reasons: it has the wrong head and the wrong limbs.
With the correct structure of the head, the ratio of the length of the muzzle (the distance from the nose to the transition from the forehead to the muzzle) to the length of the skull (the distance from the transition to the occipital protuberance) is 2/3. On average, the length of the Akita's head is 25 cm, while the length of the muzzle is 10 cm and the length of the skull is 15 cm.Dog B has a short muzzle (7.5 cm), its ratio to the length of the skull is 1: 3, which is a serious disadvantage for the Akita.
The limbs of this dog are shorter than required by the standard. They should be taller by about the height of her arched paw. The difference is not big, but enough to disturb the balance and reduce the dog's mobility.
Dog C. This Akita is an illustration to the standard.
Dog D. This unstable Akita has right angles in the front, which sharpens the line from neck to withers. In this case, the forelegs are brought forward, which reduces the front of the chest and disturbs the balance. The horizontal croup of this Akita straightens the hind limbs, reducing the angulation of the knee and hock. He has large unwanted wrinkles on his forehead and behind the outer corners of his eyes. The tail of the dog is so short that when lowered it does not reach the hock joint. This upsets both functional and aesthetic balance.
Dog E. This spotted Akita has seven distinct faults: 1-hanging ears; 2 - pink nose (which is allowed by the temporary standard for white dogs and is a disqualifying defect for all colors in Canada); 3 - round, light eyes; 4 - long neck; 5 - long body; 6 - high limbs; 7 - crescent tail.
Speaking about the extremely undesirable sickle tail (it would be correct for a Siberian husky), it must be explained that most Akita Inu connoisseurs put a different meaning in the concept of "sickle" than the Kennel Club dictionary of canine terms gives and according to which "sickle" is "Tail raised up in a semicircle", which is not at all typical for Akita.
Of the five akitas given here, only dog E carries the tail incorrectly, and only her tail is not set high. Perhaps, in the approved standard the Akita will simply be told: "A tail set low and not thrown over the back is highly undesirable."
To make Akita E more believable, I lengthened its long body and high limbs. With such a neck, he looks more like a Siberian husky than an Akita.
Dog C illustrates the standard. I would place Dog A with a long body and big ears in 2nd place. On the 3rd - a short-faced, short-bodied dog. On the 4th - deprived of strength D.
Dog D, despite its lack of strength, is of type. Would you put this dog in last place if the other three were worse? What if it had the same long body and big ears as Dog A ? What if, in addition to her own shortcomings, she had the short muzzle of Dog B and her short limbs? Increasing in this way the number of shortcomings, at what point you, being an expert, would say: "Stop, this Akita cannot be used in breeding!" If a dog placed in 2nd place, apart from a long body and big ears, had a lightweight skeleton and looked tall, I would put it in 3rd place.
Translated from English by Galina Soroka, Dog World magazine, Drug magazine (dogs), 1994-3