I have been a happy owner of an akita for the past 2� years. I am very unhappy that Robert Boyle makes it sound as though this gentle dog is a wolf ready to attack. I have learned through breeders that the akita is gentle with children, obedient if well trained and also a good watchdog. It is a "bomb ready to explode" only if it is aggravated. My dog's grandfather was a prizewinner. At one of its competitions it was constantly aggravated by a dog in the next booth. It sat there calmly for the longest time, until it just couldn't take it any more. Then it attacked the dog and killed it. This proves that the akita does have limited patience, but it can be controlled under cool conditions. I enjoy the breed very much and hope to get another one.
Why you had to devote four pages to a dog show I'll never know. I found your article about as exciting as listening to radio replays of all offensive holding penalties on the 1966 Houston Oilers.