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(Pronunciation: Uh-KEE-tuh SHEP-erd)
The Akita Shepherd, also called the Shepkita, is a hybrid that is part Akita, part German Shepherd. They're large-sized with short- to medium-length coats, and are often used as personal protection dogs. Members of this breed are alert, calm, and protective; some can turn aggressive if threatened, but are less likely to do so than their Akita parent breed. These dogs need a moderate to high amount of maintenance. They shed profusely, and will need frequent brushing to remove excess hair; they need a good amount of exercise, and training them may be a bit difficult. Overall, Akita Shepherds are decent family dogs, and are best suited for people looking for a large canine guardian.