I'm a big dog lover and there are a lot of breeds that i really admire.
but exactly for the reasons I love them, I would never chose them to live with me.
Loving these breeds, for me, means to read about them meet owners that have them and and spend time with the dogs or walk them in shelters.
Loving them means, that I want to learn what they need and what characteristics are typical for the breed and, knowing myself and my own lifestyle, choose to not give them a home. even if I love them.
One of these breeds is the Akita Inu.
American Akitas (japanese Akitas usually don't end up in shelters...) are becoming more common and with this, end up in shelters more than a decade or two ago.
let's face it their beauty is what makes them attractive for a lot of people and sometimes the wrong ones choose this dog.
I love their aloofness, their "no nonsense" attitude, their clear, precise body language, and yes... i also think they're beautiful.
The first dog I, as person that was dog phobic for a big part of my childhood, really liked and trusted, was an old AkitaxPitbull mix in our local shelter. Coolest, relaxed and most stubborn dog I've seen in my whole life. he was just calm, liked being with the people he knew, and as long as you didn't ask him to do anything fancy or let him get too close to other dogs, he was the easiest to walk and work with.
But I still would not take in such a dog.
I live in the city and want to be able to take my dog into the citycenter, drive with me on a bus, spend time in cafés or the park, meet with friends and neighbours, have spontanious guests over...everywhere there are a lot of people, free-roaming cats, rabbits and other dogs...
Akitas are great dogs, but they aren't the ideal companion for this lifestyle and surroundings.
Sometimes loving a breed, means not setting them up for failure and deciding against getting such a dog instead of hoping that the dog hasn't read it's breed description.