Tanager Akitas is located one-hour southwest of Chicago, amidst the cornfields and pastures of Elwood, Illinois. It became formally established in 1996, although, in my mind it has existed since 1973. At that time, I was eight years old, and knew the Akita was the breed for me. Twenty years later, with never a doubt, my life was forever changed with the arrival of my first Akita.
Producing and presenting gorgeous, healthy, sweet-tempered Akitas has become my greatest joy and personal commitment. When considering a breeding at Tanager Akitas, soundness in health and temperament are of utmost importance. I put every effort into producing puppies that are free of genetic defects so that they are able to live a full life without the heartbreak of debilitating health problems. Each dog used in my breeding program must be certified free of hip dysplasia (OFA/PennHip) and eye disease (CERF), and be thyroid normal. All my puppies are raised in my house with love and training to encourage their gentle spirit, setting them on the path of becoming loyal and loving family members.
The pictures you see on the site are indicative of the type of Akita produced at Tanager. Impressive size with substantial bone, a large, attractive head and face, combined with overall balance and beautiful, powerful movement. My breedings are limited to one every few years, for the purpose of continuing, and improving the quality of each generation by refining the details that define the Akita breed.
My Akitas are much more than dogs to me … they are my family. Proper placement of each of my puppies is an important part of my breeding program. I consider every animal companion as a lifetime commitment. My expectation is to have every new owner completely thrilled and committed to his or her new puppy. A contract with health guarantees are given on each puppy sold, in addition to certain requirements that each prospective owner must agree to. Additionally, it is my promise to be available to answer questions or provide assistance for the life of each puppy.