Many dogs are especially recognized for their physical characteristics. There are large, small, longer, shorter canines, with different types and colours of fur, etc. However, a physical feature that also allows identifying a specific breed is the tail.
Not all dogs have the same tail, and we are talking about a wide variety of breeds. In this case, we will talk about the tails of the Akitas.
On many occasions, dog owners wonder how to identify the mood of their pets. An Akita, or any other canine, shows how it feels through its posture, ears, and of course, the position of its tail. However, most people don’t know what an Akita expresses by having a curled tail.
The curled tail of the Akitas can indicate several things. First, if your pet curls its tail and wags it continuously from side to side, then it means that it is happy either because you are playing with it or for some other reason. They also do it when they are very trusting and feel good with their owners or members of their human family.
On the other hand, a curled tail can also mean that your Akita is alert. We have to remember that this breed is considered an excellent guard dog, so it is normal for it to be careful of any potential threat.
When Do Akitas’ Tails Curl?
Generally, when a newborn Akita is born, its tails are straight. Their tails begin to curl slightly between 2 and 3 weeks of age. By 5 or 6 weeks of age, its tail is likely to be close to the characteristic shape an Akita’s tail should have.
As your pet continues to grow, its tail will develop more each day. Actually, there is no exact time when its tail will curl up completely. Everything will depend on their genetics, diet, lifestyle, and development in general.
In some cases, an Akita’s tail can take time to curl up. Some take months and others up to 2 or 3 years. In any case, if you notice that it is not completely curled up and you feel concerned about it, then it is recommended that you take it to the vet. He or she will perform a full checkup to find the cause of the delay.
Why Do Akitas Have Curly Tails?
Not all dogs have tails as curled as an Akita’s. Regardless of its breed, a dog’s tail is an extension of its spine. That means it has bone and cartilage.
The reason for the curled tails is due to the condition of the hemivertebrae. That consists of the underdeveloped vertebrae of this canine fused in a curl or wedge shape.
The fact that it is a condition does not mean that it is something bad or that your Akita is in pain. On the contrary, it is a quite adorable physical feature and very useful for owners when they want to know their dog’s mood.
Akita Tail Function
As we have said above, the main function of the Akita’s tail is to indicate the emotional state of the animal:
- If the tail is curled but not moving, then it is likely that your pet is worried about something or alert to some threat.
- If its tail wags from side to side, then that means your Akita is in a good mood.
These are the main functions of an Akita’s curled tail. However, it should be noted that if the tail is down, your dog is most likely sad, scared, stressed, or anxious. If you play with your pet, you will see how soon its tail will return to its original position.
Akitas also use their tails to keep their noses warm during cold weather. Generally, when this type of dog lies down to sleep, it curls up and folds its tail in a position that reaches its nose. This position is achieved thanks to its curly tail. This genetic quality has been transmitted from generation to generation.