The picks of the litter
Local businessman Drew Ketley has a gorgeous pack of puppies thanks to his pair of cheeky American Akitas Diego and Betty.
American Akitas aren’t the most common breed of dog you see in Hobart. Can you tell me a little bit about them? They are extremely loyal. They are also easy to manage, but they have a double coat of fur which sheds just before winter, when you can easily comb half a garbage bag of hair off them.
Where did you get Diego and Betty and how do they differ? I bought Diego from a local breeder at Broadmarsh. But I’ve always thought dogs should have companions, so six months later I got Betty from New South Wales. There’s no doubt Betty is the boss and Diego is more chilled – he’s happy to lie on his back and just sleep all day.
Have you got any interesting stories about them? Well, this litter of pups is their second together. The first one only came about because I dropped my guard for a second. Betty was in heat so I had separated them, but every morning I let them play with each other for just a moment. I put them in the back yard and went inside to put my shoes on and bang, just like that, Diego had done the business.
What’s great about having them? They stand out from the crowd. They get a fair bit of attention when I walk them. It’s great having them because they are such good friends.