What To Feed An Akita

Submitted by: Michael Bean

When you take your Akita puppy from the breeder discuss with him/her what kind of diet you should provide for the dog. To begin with you will start to feed your Akita the same food as the breeder has been using at least in the early months. A sudden change in diet is not advisable as this can cause digestive problems.

An Akita puppy, like most puppies, is very cute and you will be tempted to give it treats, you need to keep this to a minimum. Use treats later when you reach the training stage. Treats have their place, mainly for training, and the Akita will require extensive training so keep the treats handy, but they have little nutritional value and should be kept to a minimum for puppies.

What to feed an Akita is a question that often comes up with new Akita owners Owners all have their own ideas about what’s the best diet for an Akita. Avoid the cheap supermarket dog foods, you know the type, “12 cans for a dollar” these are full of absolute crap and are definitely not suitable for an Akita.


All canned food contains additives of one kind or another, and the Akita will not thrive on this kind of food. If you go down this route expect health problems and behaviour issues to arise later.

The best diet for an Akita is fresh food. Fresh fish and chicken mixed with fresh vegatables are the perfect diet for an Akita., Akitas especially love fresh fish. Make the Akita’s food separately; fish, chicken and vegetables with some quality dried food will keep your Akita healthy and happy. If you decide to get an Akita then you need to consider the amount of effort you will need to expend ensuring it has the right diet.

We are all responsive to our diets. If we eat rubbish then we will not be assimilating the essential nutrients we need to function. This will lead to health issues and feelings of lethargy and irritability. It’s the same with your Akita. You really can’t afford to use this dog like it is some mobile dustbin that you can tip your left overs into.

If you don’t think you have the time to make the Akita a fresh decent dinner once a day or you can’t afford it, then the Akita is not for you and you should think about getting another dog.

What to feed an Akita is a fundamental question and you are right to ask it before taking the plunge and getting an Akita. The dog thrives on fresh foods specifically prepared for it. It will not do well on left overs tipped into its dish and it will decline on supermarket trash dog food.

Akitas take some looking after; they demand time and effort from you. If you don’t think you can be bothered making a dinner for your Akita every evening for years then consider getting a less demanding dog. Feeding your Akita well will pay off in the long run with few trips to the vets and a more happy disposition.

About the Author: Michael runs the website


and is the author of the book “The Akita”(everything you need to know) A book about Akitas. He lives in the north of England with his family and dogs. For your free, 12 day email course about Akitas call in.




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