Im righting this ' thread ' with a heavy heart. We have been so pleased with Yoji, our 7 month old male Akita, but, a few days ago I have seen a side of him I haven't seen before. A little background info to help you understand him better. We have spent a lot of time socialising him, he has been castrated, but, the vet said he could only find one testicle, not sure if the other one has made an appearance or if it ever will. He used to bark at everyone and every other dog from a distance, but, that is slowly disappearing So, today another male dog who we have walked with before happily had a bit of a shock. Yoji was very aggressive with him, I managed to pull him off, no physical damage, but, we wee shook up and I was very upset. We later came across the lady owner of the dog, she was on her own and Yoji started to growl at her for no apparent reason I'm not not sure how to approach the situation now. I'm nervous I have to be honest. Is this Yoji how he is going to be from now on, if so, I will have to avoid dogs and people, could it be a ' phase ' I understand no one has the answer, I was just wondering if any Akita owners of older males can cast their mind back to their pups coming into adulthood and let me know your opinions I do feel a little disheartened by our experience because it has involved a dog and a human, so, I'm looking forward to hearing from you. When we took him on we understood Akitas are not for the faint hearted and we have overcome many of his ' ways ' I woke in the night and couldn't stop thinking we had got ourselves a dog that is going to upset me I want to be prepared for my next challenge.