I am new to this site and found it while doing research on Akitas as I have never owned one much less know anything about them. This may be long so please bear with me. While at the local shelter we saw a white Akita with a black face that was left at the overnight cage so do not know if the owner brought her there or she got away and someone saw her and brought her to the kennel. After the 7 day waiting period she was never claimed. From the second we saw her she started wagging her tail and came right up to us and tried to lick us through the gate. We asked to take her out for a walk and she was such a joy. She immediatly went potty and we took her to the trail and sat on a bench. All she wanted to do was try to sit on my lap and lick and she especially loves the kids (boy 7 and girl 6) We have gone back 5 more times and took her out and she seems to love everyone she comes accross. If she sees another dog she just looks at it but that is it even though the other dog is barking like crazy. We would like to take the Akita home but after reading alot about them I have a few questions. I forgot to mention the Akita is 9 months old (female). We have a jack russell (female) that is 3 years old and I read Akita's do not get along well with dogs of the same sex and also that the jack russell is small. Are all Akita's this way and how would I know if there may be an issue? The Akita is still a puppy (9 months) so it may be fine now but could it change later? Since the Akita wagged its tail immediatly and has shown no agression is that a good sign that she was taken care of? We took her to the play pen and she loves to chase balls and sticks. Problem is she won't bring it back. She also tends to ignore me at times if I call her and at times will come running. We would love to take this dog home and get her the proper training but just a little concerned about the agressiveness that I have read. I have always owned labs and goldens so this will new for me but we seem to bonded instantly with her the second we took her out. All of our dogs have been rescued from the kennels that we have owned and have had great sucess. The Akita is very healthy and looks like it was very well taken care of which makes me think she got away from the owner and was not claimed. Also, she goes potty the second we take her out which leads me to believe she may be potty trained. Sorry for the long story.