Was hoping to post picture,but don't see that option. Dog has large,curled tail and white forepaws like an Aikita,but appears to be wild.Has roamed the countryside for several weeks and avoided anyone who tried to capture him.Hind quarter slants down like coyote. Came close to the house to get food and tilted head back and howled like a wolf/coyote when he saw us in the window. I have several pictures if anyone would be interested in helping identification. Thanks!
I have some special feeling/connection with this guy or maybe he's a she! I put out a blanket and rug in an old building for him to sleep on. We are feeding him lots and hoping that he will be happy and roam as a free spirit if that is what he wants! I'm afraid he will be captured and put to sleep as he is too shy to be a pet.Also realize that he could feel threatened and become aggressive and am as cautious as he is. :) and I don't like dogs..
It has to be Akita. No mistaken the face. I can't tell much about the tail but if it curls over the back when it's happy it is an akita. I don't see any coyote in it. Coyotes are alot smaller and their tails are also bushy (not as bushy as a foxes) It could also be an Akita cross, but it forsure has the face, ears, snout, and even the body of an akita. When akita's bark when they are unsure of something they do tend to howl. My akita does too when someone comes near that house that he doesn't know. All dogs can learn to survive in the wild. This one has obviously been abandoned. Most Akitas have a hard time trusting new people and stranges which is most likey one of the reasons he won't come near you. Again, mine is the same way to strangers (and he was well socialized!) Forsure an AKita, I don't see any resemblance to a coyote.
***Edited By: dogsareme on 1/19/2006 10:17:10 PM*** Reason: forgot something
I don't think purebread Akita as the head looks a little thinner then but sure has some in it. poor thing left to fend for itself. Since you are feeding it I would not give it canned food as it is mostly just water and this thing needs some nutrition. I would bet in time you could get close to it. Hey free food it won't wander far LOL. Good dry food and clean water and it will be your bud in no time.
If you have coyote in your area it could very well be a coy-dog. A coyote/dog mix. Coy-dogs are usually very large, even larger then their domestic parent, due to "hybridization". If the dog is an Akita its very-very-very poorly bred and should be treated with extreme caution. At least as much caution as you would a coy-dog. If this dog is a coy-dog it should be trapped and humanely beuthanized (unless you plan to house/care for this dog in a secure environment for the rest of its life). Coyote, which it will have part in it if it is a coy-dog, are not pets nor should they ever be expected to be treated like pets. They can be extremely dangerous and very unpredictable and very likely to retrain strong prey/survival drive that will make it a predator to other dogs/cats/animals in the neighborhood or even your own home. Coy-dogs are 100x more dangerous then coyote because many of the lack the natural fear of humans thanks to the contribution of their domestic parent. Just remember. When you begin feeding and "helping" a dog, in many states it becomes "legally" your responsibility. Therefor you are liable for the damage that the dog does. If you catch the dog and adopt it or sell it, etc...you are also legally liable for the dog even if the person who gets the dog, proves to be irresponsible.
I am pointing this out simply because in the heat of the moment of saving and helping these animals, we sometimes forget what we can be held accountable for.
The tail does curl up; I'm glad to see that most feel it has at least some Akita. Appreciate the feedback..and the suggestions.I'm also happy that most encourage feeding and protecting it. There are cats and other wildlife around which have not been attacked by this dog.Don't think it needs to be put to sleep...and am sorry that it is a crime of sorts in some states to show compassion for a living creature.Thanks everyone.
older underfed akita..and yes be carefull..but it does have some solid bone in his legs and body..he might have gotton lost on a camping trip or maybe just dropped off..but the fact that he comes around your house shows he's been around people before.
Do you think you will keep him if you get attached? He'll start to grow on you too, Even if you don't like dogs :) If you are feeding him, not showing signs like you will harm him, he will most likely begin to "trust" you. Just dont get too close too soon but you know that!
Maybe he has always been a wild dog and he doesn't have a owner, you never know?? I hope whatever the ending is ... That it turns out good for you both! Good luck!