Akita

Popularity
46

Breed Information

Great Japanese Dog
Japanese Akita
American Akita

Japan

Working

Large

Dog

10-12 years

Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm)
Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)

Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54kg)
Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50kg)

Black
Fawn
Red
White

Overview

This is a large and powerful breed, with much substance and heavy bone; it is slightly longer than tall. The Akita's build reflects its original job of hunting big game through deep snow and rugged terrain. Its double coat consists of a dense undercoat and a straight, harsh, outer coat - about 2 inches or less in length - standing off from the body. Such a combination provides ample insulation from water and weather. Its gait is brisk and powerful. The Akita is a versatile dog of large spitz type. It is able to perform as a hunting companion and protector.

As befitting its spitz-like heritage, the Akita is bold, independent, stubborn and tenacious. Demonstrative to its family, it is utterly devoted and will protect family members. It is reserved with strangers and can be aggressive toward other dogs. It can be domineering. Though not the breed for everyone, in the right hands the Akita is an excellent companion.

History

The Akita (also known as "Akita Inu" or "Japanese Akita") is the largest and best known Japanese breed. The Akita was bred as a fighting dog in medieval times, and redeveloped in the 1800's as part of an effort to restore several ancient Japanese breeds. In 1918, the Akita Inu Hozankai Society of Japan was created to preserve the breed, which was subsequently designated a natural Japanese monument in 1931. In 1937, Helen Keller's guide dog became the first Akita to arrive in the United States. The Akita grew in popularity in America after World War II, when many soldiers returned home from Japan with them. Today, they are popular American pets and serve as guard and police dogs in Japan. The world's most famous Akita, Hachiko, greeted his owner at a train station after work every day. After his owner's death, Hachiko continued to faithfully visit the train station every day to wait for his owner, until he died nine years later. Today a statue of Hachiko stands at the train station and an annual ceremony is held in his honor.

Breed Characteristics

Adaptability
Apartment Friendly
Barking Tendencies
Rare
Cat Friendly
Child Friendly
Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly
Exercise Needs
Grooming
Low Maintenance: Grooming is only necessary once in a while to maintain upkeep. Occasional trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues
Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence
Ranking: #54
Playfulness
Shedding Level
Constant Shedding: Expect this dog to shed frequently. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly
Trainability
Moderately Easy Training: Training won&#39,t require too much attention and effort, though it won&#39,t be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.
Watchdog Ability