Hubby and I have a 2 yr old lab/akita mix. He's a total sweetheart but from all i've read he definitely leans more toward the akita personality. He's leery of people he doesn't know, but is not aggressive towards them...(except for hubby's ex-girlfriend that came to the door. ) He is very pack oriented, and is VERY attached to me, he likes hubby and I in the same room so he can "watch" us both at the same time. If we are not he whines until we are.
I have 2 questions for anyone that has experience with the Akita breed.
1.) Our first child is due any day now and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with how Akita's did with a new person coming into the pack so to speak? I've read they are very protective of their people esp. children but I wasn't sure if that included children that arrived after they did? Does that make sense? He loves my younger siblings to death and thinks they are the greatest playmates ever but they are not babies attached to me. KWIM? I wasn't sure if Akita's had any jealousy issues?
2.) He is a very social dog, but at the moment is the only dog we have. Hubby really wants to get another dog for him to have a playmate and i was wondering how Akita's did bringing another dog in? We're not doing it immediately since I told hubby I could not handle new baby and new dog but maybe sometime in the next few months? Should we go with a puppy? or a little bit older dog say around the same age as him?
Sorry this is so long. Thanks in advance for any advice anyone has.