The long-hair Akita

 

The long-hair Akita has a slightly longer coat than the standard Akita with a slightly different structure. This feature is determined by a recessive gene.

Despite the relatively small difference in coat length, the long-hair Akita does not correspond to the FCI standard, long hair is considered a "disqualifying fault", long-hair Akita must not be exhibited on FCI shows and are excluded from breeding. Nevertheless they are great family members and companions and there are a lot of sympathizers of the long coat Akita.

Longhaired Akita are often more relaxed, usually have a more balanced nature and are sometimes easier to train. All other characteristics are the same as the standard Akita, both have a strong protective instinct towards his pack and are very family-related.

It is still under question whether the long hair can be avoided at the Akita. Currently, there is no 100% reliable test to determine whether an Akita carries the long-hair gene or not.

Appearance of the long-hair Akita:
The coat of the long-hair Akita is a few centimeter longer than the coat of the standard Akita. Often, the long-hair Akita has a mane which lends him a lion-like appearance. Long-haired Akita usually appear more stately due to their long and dense fur, when people compare the Akita to a bear, many of them refer to the long-hair Akita.

Grooming:
The only difference is that the long hair should be combed from time to time, otherwise it can become matted. This can be easily avoided by regularly brushing (2-3 times a week is recommended). Under no circumstances may the (long-hair) Akita be shorn.