I have had Akitas for 26years. I LOVE that breed, BUT you do have to be careful who you buy from. Just like with bulldogs, there are some "breeders" you have to stay away from. The issue may not be health, as it is temperment. We have carefully reaserched breeders before purchasing and have had very good luck. My akitas have "worked" in my Accredited Childcare business, when I was doing it, they have been great with my bullies and are as mellow as can be. So, as in any breed research very well before buying!