Akita Inu: “Gin” from Silver Fang (1986)
This is a story of an Akita Inu pup called Gin (Japanese for “silver”) who leaves his owner, to join a pack of dogs. The pack gathers strong dogs from all over Japan to fight a deranged bear and his minions. The Japanese Cartoon: Silver Fang, was inspired by a news article which told of hunting dogs that had been abandoned by their masters and had begun living as wild animals…
The dogs communicate with each other through speech, though it continues to be barks and whines to human ears. Other dogs from the film include: a German Shepherd, a Great Dane, A Weinmaraner, a Cocker Spaniel, a Japanese Kai Ken dog, a Rough Collie, a Siberian Husky, a Dachshund, a Japanese Tosa Inu fighting dog and a Japanese Kishu Inu dog. The Japanese Akita Inu has been declared a national treasure in Japan since 1931 and this breed was originally bred to fight, and hunt bears. No wonder an Akita Inu played the main character in this Japanese story that became famous all over the world.
If you come across stunning or artistic photos of Weimaraner dogs, chances are they are the works of the contemporary artist called William Wegman. Whatever your beliefs about Weimaraners, you cannot deny, that his photos are comical, and emotive. Many a time his Weims are dressed in tuxedos, baseball uniforms or even wedding gowns. For the sake of art it is amazing and can leave one wanting to see more of his awesome work (especially if you love a good combination of art, photography and dogs). I have been a fan of his for some time now, and feel he captures the surreal and funny side of that which is soooooo uncanine-like.
For all his genius, it was interesting for me to come across this statement, by someone who is very much against his art:
” I hope Wegman stays with his non-Weimaraner art. Wegman has HARMED this breed by making them a popular “fad” dog. People get one and THEN find out they are NOT easy dogs to own and required LOTS of exercise, time and attention. Thousands of Weims have been dumped on shelters and abandoned (and killed) by people who saw Wegman’s photos and ran out and got a Weim. Weimaraners are not calm unless you give them hours of exercise or they are old.”
Every coin has two sides. Thank goodness not everyone likes the same thing. It would be a boring world if everyone did. The same can be assumed about the Dalmatians. The “101 Dalmatians” created a stereotype about this breed, but in actual fact, they are also nervous dogs that need lots of exercise to be as calm and collected as the cartoon portrayed them to be.
Ultimately “To err is human; to forgive is canine.” Please watch the two videos below and tell me your thoughts. I would love to hear your beliefs…If you are a proud owner of a Weimaraner and KNOW what this dog is like, would you say that art has indeed created a fad about this breed? Or no harm has been done and it remains comical and surreal to look at William Wegman’s Weimaraner art which morphs that which is canine with that which is human?
Well, there are over 150 registered dog breeds. Apart from this, there are those that are purebred and not registered; designer-dogs and so many sizes, colors and temperaments of pavement specials that it is not an easy question to answer. Euro Puppy has done a bit of research. We collected 20 comments and made an analysis at the end of it:
•“It depends on a person who likes the dog…but for me, any breed as long as it makes you feel comfortable and can make it as your best friend.”
•“The Border Collie is a truly great family dog and demonstrably is the most trainable for commands.”
•“The Japanese Akita, besides being fiercely loyal, is definitely the strongest animal to protect your children against stray bears.”
•“A wild mix of a shepherd dog with real wolf, or the coyote with a Keeshond! These wild mixes are truly the most perspicacious (keenly aware) due to their inherent advanced outdoor awareness (with a notably higher neurological brain stem) than any domesticated dog.”
•“If you’re truly an animal lover, it doesn’t matter about which breed is the best.”
•“They are ALL the best.”
•“I have a French bulldog and I love that breed! I am not sure that I will ever have any dog after I lose this one, but if I do, that will be a French bulldog as well.”
•“The best breed of dog for you depends on the distinctive characteristics that are important to you, the amount of time you can dedicate to the dog, the space available for the dog, your patience, type of food you lavish on the dog etc. Always think long-term when looking for a dog. A puppy that you have today will have different needs when it grows up. If you live in a apartment don’t choose a energetic dog like a lab retriever. These dogs need lots of exercise and a decent amount of space to move around.”
•“Golden Retrievers. They have everything Labradors have but are better looking with shinier fur!”
•“Labradors. They’re super friendly, playful, easy to train, and friendly with children. They’re also cute, and are a lot more fun than little Paris Hilton-ish purse dogs.”
•“Weiners! They’re Hilarious.”
•“How big is your house? How big is your family? Do you have children? These and many other questions need to be answered to pick the right dog breed. However, a dog’s personality is not only due to its breed, and mixes are usually better for many reasons. Go by a shelter and ask around. They will help you pick the best dog for your situation.”
•“I have a Beagle and a Jack Russell. The Jack Russell is very energetic. If you can handle that, they are very loyal and very loving dogs. The Beagle I have is very calm and will keep my Jack Russell busy when he is bored. I wouldn’t ever just have a Jack Russell without another dog that is a calm dog.”
•“I think you should go to the local supermarket and buy the cutest stuffed puppy you can find. No poop, no chewing, no begging.”
•“A Yorkshire terrier. They are hard to potty train but after that they can be some of the best dogs.”
•“The best “breeds” are mutts. They suffer none of the inbreeding weaknesses of purebreds, such as the common hip problems of German Shepherds and other large dogs, or the nervous yapping of small dogs. Mutts rule!”
•“Beagles are the absolute best. They are very loyal to their owners, yet are inquisitive and will follow the scents of anything that intrigues them. You must want a dog that has his own personality and treat them with respect and quite a lot of discipline, and you will not be disappointed.”
•“I like Dalmatians. They are so cute and have a wonderful personality.”
•“Personally, I prefer the English Springer Spaniel. However, every breed has its good points and it’s bad. It is important to find a breed that you like. I would suggest reviewing the good and bad points of different breeds.”
•”Many people nowadays go to rescue places to get a dog. A Friend of mine rescued a purebred greyhound that had outlived his usefulness as a racing dog, so was going to be put to sleep. He loves the dog, and the dog adjusted quickly to the family, including two boys about 5 and 8. They don’t shed much, and are kind of big, but not threatening.”
So What is the bottom line? There was no one same answer. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder it seems. Why? Well….it all depends on:
-your personality and temperament
-your place of residence
All dogs are precious and every single breed can make your life special. Just look around first; research them and choose the one that makes your smile the widest. At Euro Puppy we have an extensive list of breed infos that can help you answer the question the best.
So….what is your favorite dog breed?