- Activity Level: moderate
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: moderate
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: sometimes
- Average Size: Large
- Average Lifespan: 10-12 years
- Prey Drive: high
- Watchdog: aware
Aki-Poo Breed Profile
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An Aki-poo is a cross between an Akita and a Poodle. They grow into large dogs that are devoted to their families, loyal and protective of them, and also affectionate with them. Aki-poos tend to resemble their Akita parent, but individual puppies will vary and some may inherit more Poodle characteristics.
Aki-poos are courageous dogs that are loyal to their families and tend to be protective of them. This can make them initially suspicious of strangers. However, as long as they have been properly socialized and trained, they will tend to warm up once introduced.
They also tend to take on an easygoing, playful, and affectionate personality with their families and people they know. They tend to get along well with other dogs and children, but may prefer older children.
An Aki-poo also tends to have a high prey drive. So, although they may do well with smaller pets they were raised with, they will need extra socialization with them and may have an urge to chase smaller animals they don’t know.
The Aki-poo is a moderately adaptable dog. Their size and high energy make them a better fit for homes with fenced-in yards where they can run. These dogs can adapt to apartment living as long as enough time is dedicated each day to giving them enough exercise, mental stimulation, and attention.
They tend to do well in most climates, but are sensitive to heat. Their double coat will help keep them warm in winter, but they may still need some winter dog products if they’re playing in the snow or if temperatures fall in a lower range. Because they are devoted to their families and bond closely with them, they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
Potential health concerns to be aware of in an Akipoo include hip dysplasia, cataracts, von Willebrand’s disease, and entropion. Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to avoid passing issues like this to puppies, so don’t be afraid to ask them about the health and genetic history of the parents.
As a barrel-chested dog breed, an Akipoo is at risk for bloat like their parent breeds. Because bloat in dogs becomes dangerous quickly if gastric torsion occurs, it’s important to know how to reduce the risk and to identify early signs to get help immediately.
Although Aki-poos are intelligent and pick up on things quickly, they can sometimes inherit a stubborn and independent streak from their Akita parent. This, and their high energy, can be a challenge for first-time dog owners to handle alone.
As such, it is recommended to be prepared to enroll in puppy training classes. Even if you don’t need them, these classes can be a great idea. Not only do they strengthen the bond you have with your puppy, but they also help keep training consistent and even offer some opportunities to socialize a puppy.
Although an Akipoo could inherit the low-shedding Poodle coat, it’s not a guarantee. They likely will shed moderately and require brushing a few times a week. If they end up with a Poodle coat, they will need daily brushing and professional grooming every 4-6 weeks.
In addition to coat care, you will also need to take care of your Aki-poo’s nails, ears, and teeth. Nail trims once or twice monthly is usually enough to keep nails from growing too long. Weekly ear checks with careful cleanings as needed can help prevent ear infections. Daily brushing or use of an enzyme toothpaste for dogs can help prevent painful dental diseases later in life.
An Akipoo is a high-energy dog breed. They need daily walks plus playtime and some time to run to be happy and healthy. And, they will likely be up for even more activity if you are.
Letting them run freely in a secure area is a great way to make sure they get enough exercise. You can also see if they enjoy swimming or hiking with you and try other activities once they are finished growing.
A fully-grown Aki-poo usually stands 15-28 inches tall and weighs 40-120 pounds.
An Akipoo generally lives for 10-12 years.
Aki-poos are also sometimes called Akidoodles, Akitapoos, and Pookitas.