The Akita (秋田犬 Akita-inu?) is a large spitz breed of dog originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. There are two separate varieties of Akita: a Japanese strain, known as the "Akita Inu" or "Japanese Akita"; and an American strain, known as the "Akita" or "American Akita". The Japanese strain comes in a small choice of colors, with all other colors considered atypical of the breed, while the American strain comes in all dog colors. The Akita has a short double coat, similar to that of many other northern spitz breeds such as the Siberian Husky, but long coated dogs can be found in many litters due to a recessive gene.
The Akita is a strong, independent and dominant breed, commonly aloof with strangers but affectionate with family members. As a breed, Akitas are generally hardy, but they have been known to suffer from various genetic conditions and be sensitive to certain drugs.
The American strain of Akita is now considered a separate breed from the Japanese Akita in many countries around the world, with the notable exceptions of Australia, the United States and Canada. In the U.S. and Canada, both strains are considered a single breed with differences in type rather than two separate breeds. During a short period, the American strain of Akita was known in some countries as the "Great Japanese Dog". Both forms of Akita are probably best known worldwide from the true story of Hachikō, a loyal Akita dog who lived in Japan before World War II.
There is debate amongst fanciers if there are two separate breeds of Akita. To date[when?], only the American Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club, and the Australian National Kennel Council consider American and Japanese style Akitas to be two varieties of the same breed, allowing free breeding between the two.
Japanese history, both verbal and written, describe the ancestors of the Akita, the Matagi dog （Japanese:マタギ犬）（hunting dog, Bear hunting dog, Deer hunting dog), as one of the oldest of the native dogs. Today's Akita developed primarily from dogs in the northernmost region of the island of Honshū in the Akita prefecture, thus providing the breed's name. The Matagi's quarry included wild boar, Sika deer, and Asian black bear. This precursor dog tracked large game, holding it at bay until hunters arrived to make the kill. The breed is also influenced by crosses with larger breeds from Asia and Europe, including English
Note: There are two types of Akitas, the original Japanese Akita breed and now a separate designation for American standard Akitas. The weights and sizes are different and the American standard allows for a black mask, whereas the original Japanese breed standard does not allow a black mask. According to the FCI, in Japan and in many other countries around the world the American Akita is considered a separate breed from the Akita Inu (Japanese Akita). In the United States and Canada, both the American Akita and the Akita Inu are considered a single breed with differences in type rather than two separate breeds.
The largest of the Japanese Spitz-type breeds, the Akita, pronounced a-KEE-ta, is a powerful, solid, well-proportioned and distinctive looking dog. Strong and muscular with a flat, heavy head and strong, short muzzle, the Akita has a deep, broad chest and a level back. The dog is slightly longer than he is tall. The head is triangular shaped, broad and blunt. The stop, which is the transition area from the backskull to the muzzle, is well-defined. A shallow furrow extends well up the forehead. The ears are small and erect, carried forward and in line with the neck. The dark brown eyes are small and triangular in shape.
The Akita is docile, intelligent, courageous and fearless. Careful and very affectionate with its family. Sometimes spontaneous, it needs a firm, confident, consistent pack leader. Without it the dog will be very willful and may become very aggressive toward other dogs and animals. It needs firm training as a puppy. The objective in training this dog is to achieve a pack leader status. It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in their pack.When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader. Lines are clearly defined. You and all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog. That is the only way your relationship can be a success. If the dog is allowed to believe he is the leader over the humans he may become very food-possessive as he tells the humans to wait their turn. He eats first.
They are extremely faithful and thrive on firm leadership from their handlers. It should definitely be supervised with other household pets and children. Although the breed may tolerate and be good with children from his own family, if you do not teach this dog he is below all humans in the pack order he may not accept other children and if teased, Akita's may bite. Children must be taught to display leadership qualities and at the same time respec the dog. With the right type of owner, the proper amount of daily mental and physical exercise and firm training, they can make a fine pet. Obedience training requires patience, as these dogs tend to get bored quickly. The Akita Inu needs to be with its family. It vocalizes with many interesting sounds, but it is not an excessive barker.
We are the only kennel in Ireland solely dedicated to developing the Akita Inu breed. We are a family-run show kennel based in the picturesque countryside of Tipperary, south-west Munster. Our Akita Inu’s are well socialised and grow up in family orientated surroundings. Our Akita Inu’s are descendents of 100% pure lines from Europe & Japan. We strive to produce happy & healthy Akita Inu’s that will ultimately play a big role in improving the quality and well-being of the breed. The development of the Akita Inu breed here in Ireland is our passion. It is something we take very seriously. We believe development can only occur by ensuring all Akita Inu's used in our breeding programme are healthy physically and mentally, are descendants of lines that have proven to be safe in the past and that posess breed type and characteristics, as outlined in the FCI & Akiho breed standards.
It is said that there was movement of people between Europe and Japan when the two areas were not separated by The Sea of Japan. It is believed that dogs were then introduced to Japan.
Dog paw prints found in Jomon period (8000 to 300 B.C) pit houses suggest that dogs were raised as pets inside homes as early 3,000 years ago. The paw prints measured 4.3cm to 5.7cm long and suggest that the dogs were of medium size. Dog bones were commonly found in graves of this era.
The Japanese Akita Inu originated in the Tohoku area of Japan. This is the most northerly region of mainland Japan, adjoining the Chubu and Kanto regions. It sits below the Hokkaido (island) region and comprises of six prefectures; they are: Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Yamagata and of course Akita.
In the last ten years the dog world has recognized that there are now two different akita breeds.They are now known as "Japanese and North American Akitas". The Akita has been split into two seperate breeds all over the world, by request of the Japanese Kennel Club. The only two kennel clubs in the world to refuse the split so far are the "AKC" and the "CKC". For the rest of the dog world, there are two Akita's, the American Akita (also simply known as "Akita") and the Japanese ( Akita Inu revealed in the Hachko Movie). The differences are easy to see... the American has a large bear shaped head while the Japanese has a more refined triangular head.Their eyes, ears and muzzles are also completely different. Many Akita owners don't know the difference and continue to addto the confusion by refering their American dogs as Japanese. Even some breeders are unaware that they are refering to their dogs as the wrong breed!. With that being said our kennel specializes in only and only the Japanese Akita.
Glance at the masthead of this blog and you'll know something's up. Our new graphic identity is only the most obvious of the changes we've made in SketchUp 8 M4. It's unusual for us to do four maintenance releases between major versions, but then, it's been a bit of an unusual year, hasn't it?
Our move to Trimble gave us an opportunity (and an imperative) to finally build a proper graphic identity for SketchUp. In many ways, this was one of my favorite short-term benefits of the acquisition; it always irked me that our tool, which is so good at making pictures, had a logo that consisted of its name typed out in a particular font. Blech.
Devoted students of SketchUp history (sketchupologists?) will recall that until March of 2006, our logo looked like this:
The most distinctive element of our original logo was its big, red U and formation Sketchup
This kind of logo is known as a logotype or wordmark, meaning that there's no symbol attached to the word; the word is the logo. The trouble with using a logotype for a piece of software is that, most of the time, individual programs on your computer are represented by application icons that live on your desktop or in a strip along the bottom of your screen. SketchUp's icons have looked like this over the years:
SketchUp's application icons have, in my opinion, gotten progressively less good over the years. The last one (on the right) only appeared on Google's More > Even more page. None of these icons were ever really used as product logos.
The Google years brought several logos as we responded to successive top-down branding directives. None were particularly inspired, and none solved the we-need-an-icon problem, either.
This past month since the reboot of the Ask Liz program, I’ve received so many emails from users about topics that range from simple to extremely complicated. Thank you so much to everyone who is participating, I am so happy to finally be putting together the answers to some of the top questions that landed in my mailbox! Keep those emails coming (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll keep answering! My first round of Elements solutions include resizing your Bounding Box, creating digital shamrock bokeh, finding lost files in the Organizer, editing difficult lighting situations and making your own website header or on formation Photoshop
“I really like this picture of me and my brother and sister but the lighting was not taken into consideration when it was taken. How can I fix this using Photoshop Elements?” -Jan W
This is a great photo to use, thank you so much for sending it in Jan! When you have a lighting situation like this, there are unfortunately no ‘quick fixes,’ no automatic tools to get the job done. However it is doable and there are two key points: soften the harsh lighting to be less noticeable and disguise it with a nice filter effect.
Your first approach is using the Clone Stamp brush. First you create a New, Blank Layer and select your Clone Stamp Brush tool. In the tool options bar, check Sample All Layers and lower your brush’s opacity quite a bit (from 15%-50%, you’ll play around with this). Option/Alt-click on darker areas of skin, then start ‘painting’ over the lighter areas. This isn’t something that will happen in a snap – it took me about 15 minutes to go through all three faces in this photo. You’ll want to sample and resample a lot, as well as play around with the Opacity of your brush. Take your time and always remember to zoom out to make sure you aren’t going overboard! Here’s my first go-through with the Clone Stamp Brush:
So you're thinking about getting a dental implant or perhaps you've already made the decision to have one placed. What happens now? To some, just the thought of having an implant surgically placed in their mouth can be very intimidating and scary. It doesn't have to be.
What is a Dental Implant?
There are now more options to replace missing teeth and one that is gaining in popularity and use is the dental implant. The implant is usually made of titanium and is surgically placed by a dentist or dental specialist such as an oral surgeon. These screw-like parts are placed into the jaw bone and are meant to imitate the root of the tooth.
How Much Time is Required for an Implant Placement?
There are several factors that will determine the length of time needed for an implant procedure.
Your dental health
The number of teeth involved
Which teeth are replaced
If there will be a tooth extracted prior to implant placement
These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period. For instance, a single tooth implant surgery can typically take 1-2 hours from start to finish. This includes time for anesthesia as well as dressing the patient for a sterile surgical environment.
Is the Treatment Painful? No if you have a implant dentaire
Just as with any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Local anesthesia and/or I.V. or oral sedation are used to eliminate any discomfort at the time of the procedure. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur.
Will I Be Given Any Special Instructions to Prepare for Surgery?
Your dentist may provide you with some pre-operative instructions to follow. These may include:
Having you rinse with a special anti-bacterial mouthwash, such as chlorahexadine.
Prescribing you antibiotics to take for a few days prior to surgery as a preventative measure.
Asking you to eat a good breakfast on the day of surgery, unless you are planning on having the procedure done under I.V. sedation. In that case, you would not be eating anything after midnight the night before surgery.
Having someone available to bring you to the appointment and drive you home if you elected to take an oral sedative or have I.V. sedation.
How Will I Feel After the Treatment?
Electricity can kill. Each year about 1000 accidents at work involving electric shocks or burns are reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Around 30 of these are fatal, most of them arising from contact with overhead or underground power cables.
Shocks from faulty equipment can cause severe and permanent injury and can also lead to indirect injuries, due to falls from ladders, scaffolds, or other work platforms such as habilitation électrique
Faulty electrical appliances can also lead to fires. As well as causing injuries and loss of life, fires cause damage to plant, equipment and property.
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Who is most at risk from electricity?
Anyone can be exposed to the dangers of electricity while at work and everyone should be made aware of the dangers.
Those most at risk include maintenance staff, those working with electrical plant, equipment and machinery, and people working in harsh environments such as construction sites.
Most electrical accidents occur because individuals:
are working on or near equipment which is thought to be dead but which is, in fact, live
are working on or near equipment which is known to be live, but where those involved are without adequate training or appropriate equipment, or they have not taken adequate precautions
misuse equipment or use electrical equipment which they know to be faulty.