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The Akita is a brave and powerful breed that requires firm training. A native of Japan, the Akita has a regal history as a strong hunter.

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Physical Characteristics
  • Large, strong, muscular build
  • Black nose and lips; pink tongue
  • Coat: Pure white, red, sesame or brindle hair
  • Thick, fine undercoat
  • Straight, harsh outer coat
  • Height: 25-28 inches
  • Weight: 75-110 pounds
  • Average lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Alert, responsive, dignified, courageous, loyal
  • Interaction with people: Not recommended for small children; cannot tolerate teasing
  • Interaction with animals: Can be aggressive toward other dogs
  • Training: Needs firm training
  • Protection: Excellent guard dog
Medical Conditions
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
At Home
  • OK for apartments if it gets enough exercise
  • Needs large yard
  • Sheds heavily twice a year
  • Requires significant grooming
  • Use a firm bristle brush
Other Facts
  • National monument in Japan
  • At one time only Japanese royalty or aristocrats could own this dog
  • A symbol of good health and happiness in Japan
  • In Japan, when a baby is born or someone is ill, friends may send a miniature Akita figure to symbolize good health and longevity
Breed History
  • Native to Japan
  • Originally bred for hunting
  • Bred for guarding, fighting, hunter deer and bear, sledding and police work
  • Helen Keller is thought to have brought the first Akita to the U.S. in 1937
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the Akita Club of America For breed rescue opportunities, visit Midwest Akita Rescue Society
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