The famous story of a faithful friend Hachiko, not just screened by the directors, few people can leave indifferent.
As a result, not only Hachiko himself got fame, but also the breed he belongs to.
The myth of the breed Hachiko
After the adaptation, a misconception appearedThe name of the breed of the protagonist. There was an opinion that the breed of the dog is called "khachi". Most likely, this is due to the fact that in the film the owner often used this name in relation to the dog. In fact, "hathi" is only a shortening of the full name, and it has an independent meaning: "hathi" from Japanese is translated as "the eighth". And eight - a lucky number in the culture of the Japanese. It was this word according to the story that was written on the collar of the puppy found. The real name of the breed is Khatiko - akita inu.
The name of the breed also has a very simpleExplanation related to the Japanese language. Akita is the name of the Japanese prefecture, where the breed was spread in the 17th century, and the word "inu" is translated as "dog" or "breed." Therefore, this breed is often called simply Akita, which is not a mistake.
The nature of the Akita
The character of Akita Inu was stunningly revealed inThe last film dedicated to this story, directed by Lasse Halstrem. A dog of this breed has a calm temperament and high endurance. It does not make unnecessary movements and is true only to its owner, to "strangers" also refers to the cold-blooded. But with all the external calmness in case of danger, Akita is ready to show courage and protect a loved one. It's not for nothing that this breed is compared to a samurai ready at any moment to rush into battle. In the 18th century, Akita could only be seen at the imperial court with a servant, since the rest were forbidden to keep this breed in their home.
Until now, in Japan, statuettes of Akita Inu according to popular belief bring good luck and health to the house. These dogs know how to get along well with children, because they are calm and patient.
How the Akita conquered the world
Despite the fact that the birthplace of Akita isJapan, after the famous history of Hachiko, at the beginning of the 20th century the breed won the love of the inhabitants of the USA and Europe. More recently, Akita was brought to Russia. There is, of course, another story that a long time Akita came from Europe through Russia to Japan, but there is little evidence of this. The Japanese themselves do not pay much attention to this history and rightfully consider Akita Inu as a national treasure. They represent it as a "symphony of triangles", since the ears, eyes, face and nose have a triangular outline.
The breed has three varieties of color. White color without spots - is considered real, natural. It is a statuette of white Akita that is usually given to a family where there is a newborn. Tiger and red-white colors, the most common were the result of crossing Akita with a German shepherd during the war.