AKITA, WHERE IS THE BREED GOING? By Donald W. Lusk (Akita Journal, 1980 Special Annual Yearbook Issue, pages 22-23) [Read]
Nippo now holds regular dog shows for Japanese dog to encourage producing of excellent dogs, to which the Ministry of Education grants trophies.Japanese dog standards were based on dogs seen in urban and rural areas that were thought to be near the ideal.
During World War II, it was common to use dogs as a source of fur for military garments. The police ordered the capture and confiscation of all dogs other than German Shepherd Dogs used for military purposes. [Read more]