I have puppy fever and am breed shopping lol. I have a few specific questions about Akitas, but I'll also welcome any informetion you have on them or stories about experiences with them. 1. I know that size, shape, and color differ between American styles and Japanese styles- but does temperment differ too? 2. Are Akitas escape artists or roamers? I can deal with a desire to explore and an independent nature but I don't necessarily want a breed that needs special enclosures or has a must hop fence mentality. 3. What are Akitas like training wise? I know they need consistency, but do they enjoy learning? Are they more on the energetic side or are they more calmer? 4. How do they guard their homes? I know they are aloof and can be wary of strangers, but will they actively prevent strangers from coming into the home if their owner isn't home? Do they have to have repeated exposure to a specific person in order to accept them or will they accept most strangers if socialized? 5. Do they tend to bond to one person over the entire family? I haven't done much research on Akitas but their temperment sounds similar to Chows and I like that. I can't get a puppy so I'm fantasy breed shopping. Thanks!