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I have two Akitas, a male and female. I also have a chihuahua leaving with my family. Obviously, the chihuahua thinks he is a tiger and barks at the male akita. Gets crazy when the male Akita is near. The female akita likes him. A couple of months ago the male Akita wouldnt take it anymore, and fought back. He bit the chihuahua but just let the chihuahua scared. The second time, the bite was stronger and he left the chihuahua with mobility problems and had to go to rehab to walk again. The third time they were alone, he was just smelling the chihuahua but did nothing. Finally, the other day, the two dos found each other and the akita killed him. I took the chihuahua to the vet, and the vet told me that he did not know exactly how the chihuahua died. He had blood and few bite marks. The usual in a fight. Other than that, the dog did not look that hurt. Maybe he had a heart attack of choked. In all the fights the chihuahua was confrontational and the big dog responded. By they way, someone irresponsible in my family was responsible for all these fights. That person did not take the proper safety precautions that we all took in the house. Thanks to that person, my chihuahua is dead.
 

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Sorry to hear that, that is not a nice thing to happen to anybody.

Akita's have high prey drive, but it did not help with the Chihuahua always getting in the Akita's face. I would just make sure you take care when walking your Anita's, and take care when and IF they are around other dogs, perhaps consult a behaviour specialist to help with some training .

I am truly sorry this happened.
 

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Actually the vet said that it did not look like the Akita wanted the chihuahua dead. Is more an unfortunate situation where you have an incredible strong brute dog (Akita) an a incredible weak annoying dog (chihuahua). If the Akita wanted him dead he would have killed him from the first time, and completely destroyed him. It wasn't the case.
 

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I am concerned about the behavior of the family member. The safety precautions he/she neglected resulted in a dead dog this time. There are dogs and people still in the household, so the issue should be addressed. One could easily forecast an open door where the akitas get out and injure smaller neighborhood dogs, cats, or other smaller animals.
 

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I agree with Lucille. Its unfortunate that one of your dogs died but it would be far worse if the Akita got out and killed someone else's dog or bit a child. I think you need to address this and soon. In the meantime, you need to make damn sure that the dog doesn't get out of your home. Sorry about your dog.
 

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I would not be equating large dog killing an aggressive small dog with generalized dog and human aggression without a good reason. Sounds like the attack may well have been provoked.
 

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It was clear human neglect. No doubt about it. The person that made the mistake is obviously mourning and know it's his/her fault.
 

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It was clear human neglect. No doubt about it. The person that made the mistake is obviously mourning and know it's his/her fault.
Have you addressed this? Are you/they taking steps to make sure it doesn't happen again? Are you/they capable of managing/control the dog? Or finding a capable home?

Leaving dogs of any size to fight there own battles is never a good idea. I know you know that now, but right now is the time to tackle it.

If it's a young purebred akita with no other problems, you should be able to find some takers, a home with no small animals, cats or small dogs. Ie, be up front about what happened, why and how.

I had a dog that was cat aggressive, I did briefly try to rehome her (free to good home, no cats) and ended up keeping her and managing and training her instead, but I broke some hearts when I changed my mind, and said, sorry, no dog for you.
 

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She actually sounds like a really good dog to me. Every dog has a limit, every dog pushed far enough is going to defend their self, but your girl seems to have been trying to use just enough force to get the other dog to stop, unfortunately she probably outweighed the Chi by a minimum of 60 lbs.

Even though the fights were provoked she must not have been fighting to kill the Chi, if she was she could have easily done so by simply grabbing the chi and shaking her and the Chi would have been killed during the first fight.

I wouldn't get rid of her, I wouldn't even really worry about her around any sized dog that was not behaving aggressively towards her, although for safeties sake I would not leave her alone with one. I certainly would not worry about having her around children as long as the meeting was supervised but I feel that way about any dog and child no matter how friendly the dog is.

The only reason I would get rid of her would be if I felt I could not forgive her, and get past the fact that she killed the Chi.
 

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I am so sorry to hear about this nightmare. I've heard of the exact same thing happening to a friend, and it is not an easy thing to forgive...
But I don't think this was at all the fault of the Akita. Prevent this situation from happening in the future by removing all aggressive/annoying dogs from your dog before a problem happens. I have the most gentle, kind dog you can imagine. But if a little aggressive dog attacks him, he defends himself and fights back. I blame the other dog 100%. If a little dog did the same to my American Staffy, and he one day learns he too can fight back, the little dog will be a dead dog. I will do EVERYTHING in my power to prevent blame from falling on my Staffy if this ever happens. Living things should all have the right to defend themselves, and if the offender dies in the process by way of an accident, how can we blame the victim?
I will say, that now that your dog knows he can "end the torture", you should be more proactive. Once anything knows how to stop something that is causing them discomfort, it is possible they will repeat the behavior to end further discomfort in the future. Dogs aren't dumb!
 

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Something I don't think is reasonable to assume is that the dog will now be aggressive with all small dogs or children. The dog was not even aggressive with an aggressive dog, it was only defending itself...Just be wary of OTHER dogs, and prevent the situation. We should never expect a dog NOT to defend themselves from something clearly going after them or their loved ones...That's just my opinion.
 
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