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Akita. History: Originally, Japanese dogs were small to medium in size and there were no large dogs in that country. Since 1603 in the Akita region, the "Akita Matagi " (medium-sized dogs for bear hunting) were used as fighting dogs. From 1868 Akita Matagis were crossed with Tosas and Mastiffs. As a result, the size of this breed increased while the characteristics associated with the Spitz were lost. In 1908 dog fighting was banned, but this breed was still maintained and improved as a top Japanese breed and nine exceptional specimens of this breed were declared "Natural Monuments" in 1931. During World War II the pelts were used for military clothing. The police ordered the capture and confiscation of all dogs other than German Shepherds used for military purposes. Some dog lovers tried to ignore the order by crossing their dogs with German Shepherds. By the time WWII ended, Akitas had been drastically reduced in number and there were three distinct types: 1) Matagi Akitas, 2) Fighting Akitas, and 3) Herding Akitas. This created a very confused situation about the breed. During the process of restoring the pure breed after the war, Kongo-go, a dog of the Dewa line, whose characteristics showed the influence of the Mastiff and the German Shepherd, enjoyed a temporary but enormous popularity. However, some well-known enthusiasts refused the crossbreed and tried to eliminate what came from old foreign strains, crossing with the Akita Matagi to return to the pure breed. They succeeded in restoring the pure lineage of the breed as it is known today.

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