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AnswerDear Zena,
I am planning on getting an Akita puppy. This is my favorite dog breed and I believe I am well suited to have this dog as a pet. The only problem is, I live in Florida. We have an extremely hot climate with lots of humidity here in Florida and I am worried that an Akita would not be able to adapt to such a climate. Of course he will live in the house with me, not outdoors. So do you think I would be able to have an Akita in Florida? I'd appreciate it if you can help me out, thank you.

Sanad (Florida)


Dear Sanad,

The Akita originated in northern Japan and as a result it has a very luxurious, thick double coat. In a warm climate or in your case, a hot climate, the coat will shed profusely, but the dog may still be uncomfortable even indoors. You may want to consider this when choosing an Akita.

Remember that some breeds are more suitable than others depending on your lifestyle and your climate. There are a number of breeds that I would love to live with, but my allergies limit me, so I have to enjoy them from a distance.

If a move to a cooler climate is in your future, maybe that would be a time to have an Akita in your life.

Be sure to check out our own Breed Directory for suitable hot weather breeds. The breeds that are good in hot climates will have a picture of a sun.

Sincerely Zena & Zippy


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