“The Akita’s personality is what attracts many people to my breed. THEY CAN BE FUN LOVING AND A JOKESTER WITH THEIR PEOPLE ONE MINUTE, ALERT AND PROTECTIVE IN THE NEXT.”
Th e Akita’s personality is what attracts many people to my breed. Th ey can be fun loving and a jokester with their people one minute, alert and pro- tective in the next. Th ey walk down the street or through a show site like they own everything they can see inspiring awe. But take note, they can be intoler- ant of other dogs especially of the same sex. Please don’t pack several Akitas in a corner while you’re sorting out another group, neither the handlers or the dogs will appreciate it.
OK, I’m done with the class, it’s time to place them. I hope as you’ve read this article you’ve been able to derive the key points, the essence, of an Akita. Th ey are large with heavy bone and substance, balance, correct heads, ears, tail and gives the overall impression of power and stature with a reserved temperament. A very wise man once told me, “When you go to dog shows, if you stay all day and watch other breeds; stay and watch the groups, you should be able to pick out a good dog. You may not know all the dis-
quali fi cations or nuances but you should be able to pick out a good dog.” Th at’s what I’m challenging you all to do. To learn more about the Akita or for that matter, any breed, go to shows. Watch all day. And then go one step farther. Talk to the exhibitors. Talk to other judges. Go to seminars. Finally, remember the standard is what breeders are striving for. As judges we all need to choose our winners with that standard always forefront in our minds. And enjoy what you do, I do.
“TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AKITA OR FOR THAT MATTER, ANY BREED, GO TO SHOWS.”
BIO Nancy Amburgay acquired her first Akita in 1988, and quickly become interested in AKC sports, exhibiting both in conformation and obedience. She has bred and han- dled many Champions including Top Twenty competitors, specialty winners, National Specialty BOS and AOM’s. She is approved to judge most of the working group and Junior Showmanship and is currently the ACA National’s Show Chair and member of the ACA Judges’ Education Committee. After living most of her life in Ohio, Nancy recently moved to Texas with her husband.
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