Hachiko: a breed that has received a new name
Animals often outperform people in moral qualities: they will never be deceived, abandoned in trouble, harassed, not betrayed. They love their master, no matter what, how the children love their parents. No wonder there are such expressions as "dog fidelity" and "puppy love". The history of the dog named Khatiko is the most vivid and most famous example of fidelity to man.
November 10, 1923 in the Japanese prefecture Akita, a puppy was born. He was decided to present to Professor of Tokyo University Hideasaburo Ueno, who, without thinking twice, called the baby Hatiko. 18 months Hatiko did not part with the owner, every morning he accompanied him to work to the station, and met at 15.00. But one day, on May 21, 1923, the owner did not return, he died of a heart attack at the university. For 9 years, the dog came to the station at the usual time and waited in vain until the evening. Neither the relatives of the professor, nor his friends could take Khatiko from the station, he stubbornly returned to where he had left his master for the last time.
People fed him and admired the faithfulness of the dog. In 1932, an article appeared in the Tokyo newspaper about the faithful dog, who is waiting for the owner for 9 years. So Hatiko became a celebrity, people went to Shibuya station just to see him. Three years later, on March 8, 1935, the dog died. As shown by the autopsy, the cause of death was cancer and heartworms. This story was so shocking to the Japanese that Khachiko was declared a national mourning. At the station, which he spent in anticipation of 9 years, a monument was erected to a dog that has become a symbol of devotion and love all over the world. Thanks to Hachiko, the breed of these amazing dogs has acquired a new name.
The adaptation of Hachiko's history led to the nickname of the dog becoming the second name of the breed, and for many, even the first. The film with Richard Gere made this dog so popular that many rushed to find out what kind of breed Hachiko. Akita Inu is the name of this breed. This is one of the 14 oldest breeds of dogs, the genotype of which differs little from the genotype of the wolf. It appeared on the island of Honshu, in the province of Akita, and was originally called Akitamatagi, or a dog hunting bears. This is the largest Japanese dog. For a long time this breed of dogs was in decline. Hachiko became the reason that the dogs of Akita Inu were recognized as a national treasure. That is, after the story with Hachiko, the breed once again became very popular.
The main qualities of Akita Inu are restraint, taciturnity, aristocracy, high intellect and, of course, legendary devotion to the master. And also - cunning, self-confidence and self-will. In short, this dog is a real person. Almost the human mind allows Akita not only to remember events from puppyhood, but also to connect them with the consequences that they had for her. Communicating with this dog can create the impression that she does not just think, but also makes decisions.
This breed of dogs is very dependent on human society. Without attention and communication, its behavior can be formed incorrectly, it can acquire destructive features. If the dog does not form timely social contacts, you can get a timid or, conversely, an aggressive and uncontrollable pet. With proper education, they are cheerful, mobile and very attractive dogs. They are excellent companions for their hosts and intrepid guards. The Akits in the pack do not know fear at all, and their territory will be defended to the victorious end. Another complexity of the breed is its dominance, in the society of other dogs the fighting qualities of this cute dog are noticeably becoming more active.
One should not succumb to the plush charm of Akita Inu, because, for all his boundless devotion to the master, they are very wary of outsiders. This does not mean that they will rush to strangers, they are simply not those who will lick their hands to all who have shown a desire to stroke them.
Care for Akita Ina is not difficult, they are enough to comb out once a week, and during moulting - three or four times. They feel great both in the apartment and in the yard.
Anyone who decides to get his Hachiko, whose breed has an ancient, centuries-old history, should know that he is not buying a toy or a character from a well-known film, but a new member of the family that needs to be educated and respected.