The Akita-Poodle, or Aki-Poos, are a breed crossed with an Akita and a standard Poodle. This breed is meant to contain all of the favorable qualities of the parent breeds combined. Aki-Poos are of a medium build and full of energy; this breed may tend to like water activities or retrieving, like the Poodle. The Aki-Poo is friendly and loving, yet makes a good choice for guard dog duties. This breed can also be used for retrieving, hunting, herding, or just as a companion. Due to the Akita-Poodle being a designer breed, the origin is unknown.
The Aki-Poo can be any solid color, depending on the parents; the breed can weigh between 45 and 120 pounds. The Aki-Poos coats vary in length, from medium to long. Grooming will vary depending on the length of the coat, but most will require extensive maintenance. Aki-Poos can grow to be 28 inches tall and have a medium sized frame.
Like the parent breeds, Aki-Poos tend to be loving, affectionate, and very loyal to their owners. This breed needs to be taught proper obedience at an early age or it may be prone to destructive behaviors, however. Aki-Poos tend to be easily trained and work best with reward-based methods. If properly trained, the Aki-Poo is good with children. Aki-Poos also need to be exercised daily; recommended exercises include playing fetch, water sports, tug of war, and running.
Aki-Poos can live up to 15 years. Although Aki-Poos are likely to be a healthier breed, it will be prone to some the health problems of medium sized dogs and their parent breed. Aki-Poos might be susceptible to hip dysplasia, Addison’s, chronic active Hepatitis, Epilepsy, NEwS (only in newborns), Patellar Luxation, progressive Retinal Atrophy, and other health related issues. Also, like the Akitas, the Aki-Poos do not like to be left alone for a long period of time; this breed can suffer from separation anxiety.