Judges’ Education Seminar


The JEC will present a two-part seminar for aspiring, prospective, and current AKC Judges on the history, temperament, type, gait, and structure of Akitas. Friday’s  seminar from 4-6 pm will include an in depth study of the Akita Standard and a hands-on demonstration using approximately 10 dogs who are excellent representatives of the breed. Light snacks and beverages will be included.

$35 by advance reservation (received by September 30, 2018). $45 at the door. Fee includes light snacks Friday evening, reserved seating in the JEC area, a show catalog, seminar materials, and certificates.

NOTE: For Non-Judge Attendees; the AKC 12-5-4 (12 years/5 litters/4 champions bred in primary breed) Qualification Rules will apply.

Continued, SATURDAY, October 13, 2018

TBD, During Best of Breed Competition

Ringside mentoring by JEC members and Parent-Club-approved mentors will take place during Best of Breed judging. Additional ringside mentoring is available throughout the week’s events, beginning October 8, and should be arranged in advance through Sylvia Thomas.

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Akita Club of America

The Akita Club of America is a member of the American Kennel Club and, as such, is the only National Akita Breed Club which is recognized and sanctioned by the AKC. The main objectives of the Akita Club of America are the preservation and protection of the breed and improvement of the character and conformation of the Akita as described in the official breed standard.

About the Akita

A natural monument in Japan, the Akita’s proud heritage includes hunting large game such as bear, elk, and boar. This powerful and dignified member of the Working Group is renowned for courage and loyalty, but may not be tolerant of other animals. His luxurious double coat can include any combination of vibrant colors. Aloof toward strangers, they form strong family bonds. Highly intelligent with keen sense of humor, the Akita responds best to respectful commands and training techniques that rely on motivation rather than force. Strong-willed and proud, Akitas are not receptive to abusive methods. Akitas originated in Japan many, many years ago, and have been designated a natural monument of Japan. They are a large, impressive breed with natural guarding instincts. While generally reserved with people they don’t know, Akitas are affectionate with their family. They tend to be independent, and while they will always know where you are in your home, they do not need constant attention as do some of the more dependent breeds. For more about this amazing breed, please spend some time here at our site. There’s a wonderful world to explore.