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Name: Concerned Dad
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We have a neighbor with 2 Akitas (I think) that recently chased down a baby deer and killed it. To give some history/setting: The mom homeschools 4-5 children, we live in the country but all of the newer neighbors are kind of upper class (neighbors house = $800,000), ours is old! They keep to themselves even when we try to chat passing on the dirt road walking. We have 2 small children and our land butts up theirs with about 1-2 acres of land btwn our homes.
Does anyone know the likelihood of these dogs attacking our kids? Their dogs have only gotten loose twice that I know of in the last 2 years. I'm just trying to gather info. before we go talk to the neighbors about this. Thank you!
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Name: Perriann | Date: Sep 9th, 2006 5:31 AM
Animal aggression is totally different from human aggression, but I would recommend looking to see if you have any leash laws in your area. Any loose dog can be dangerous, especially to children. The best thing to do is make sure your children know what to do around a stray dog. Try looking for tips online, as I am sure there are many organizations that have excellent advice for you. In the meantime, Animal Control may be another avenue, if you have one in your area. Good luck. 

Name: lindalu | Date: Sep 9th, 2006 5:50 PM
It is possible these dogs may attack a person if loose, they chased down a deer and killed it, that shows they are pray driven. Pray does not have to be an other animal such as a deer or pig, it can also be a person especially a small child. If you said they attacked another dog, then I would say it is possible they are only dog aggresive. Also when you have two or more dogs together they feed of one another, so if one has the drive the other will follow. The Akita was bread in Japan, their origanaly purpose was for guarding as well as protection. Familys would often times go out leaving their children in the care of these dogs, they knew the children would be safe with them. You see they can be verry territorial this is the guard instinct, if another person or animal gets to close to their territory that beeing their house or yard, they may attack! If they live with you and know you they will protect you, they most likely will never harm you. So therfor I would be cautious or them especially in a pair! Try talking to the oweners to find out if they have ever been around children. If they have then yhey may be able to destinguish the diffrence between them verses a pray animal. Good luck! 

Name: lindalu | Date: Sep 13th, 2006 2:29 AM
Concerned dad, I spoke to a friend of mine who specializes in Akitas. He informed me that Akitas where also bread for fighting and hunting as well as guarding and protection. They are the jack of all trades! They can be far worse than any of the so call visious breads. If you own a Akita you cant safley own any other kind of animal, they are just to unpredictable! If you live a lone with no kids and dont have much company then they are great! Akitas dont like strangers they will protect the ones they live with but they will also chase down a small chid as well. He tells me if the dogs have attacked a deer and killed it then be cautious! 

Name: atomic snowflake | Date: Sep 13th, 2006 9:10 PM
Could you put up some kind of secure fence or wire or something between your land and theirs? Something high that they can't jump over - preferably electrified!

You can't be too careful where kids are concerned. 

Name: cierra | Date: Sep 17th, 2006 2:06 AM
ummm, maybe you could just ask your neighbors (or at least try to ) if there dog were likely to bite PEOPLE, cuz obveously they are likely to bite animals. 

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