I'm a little curious as to who prefers which "type" of Akita. Since there are two distinct "breeds" of Akita now, I was also wondering about their major differences in temperament? I was aware of the physical differences, but are there any temperamental differences, as well?
Personally, I prefer the look of the Japanese Akita. Both are very beautiful, but for some reason I've always been very drawn to the Japanese Akita. I think it's the mask that the American sports. It just doesn't attract me, for whatever reason. I like that they're huge and look like bears, though.
But if there are differences in temperament, I'm thinking I might rethink my future Akita, based on those differences. Lobo is Japanese Akita mixed with Siberian Husky, so I can't say for sure his temperament is always Akita. I've never had a purebred Akita, and have never really had experience aside from this one woman who bred Japanese Akitas (beautiful, friendly dogs; I don't THINK she was a true breeder, but she was friendly and knowledgeable nonetheless, and her dogs looked amazing and had lovely temperaments).
Anywaysss... Which do you prefer? Why? And are there any temperament differences I should know about before I opt to get one? (keep in mind that this'll be at the very least another five years into the future, and it will be female to reduce any aggression problems Lobes might have - and he will be with us to pick out his new sister so we don't make any mistakes)