Overview and History
The Akita’s distinct features, cautious nature, and intelligence make them easy to respect. It is originally bred in Japan and was used in dog fighting for many years. It was also relied on for hunting bears, wild boar, and deer. Time changes a lot and instead of fighting one another they are often used as therapy dogs for humans.
Country of Origin
Akita Dog Breed Information
Good With Children
Best With Families
Average Life Expectancy
Around 9-12 years
Average Litter Size
6 - 12 puppies
Working Dog – Hunting & Guarding
Size, Height, and Weight
Height at Shoulders:
24 - 26 inches for females
26 - 28 inches for males
75- 90 pounds
Grooming Requirements: Daily Brushing
Coat Colors: Red fawn, Sesame (red fawn hairs with black tips), Brindle, White
*Akita’s can have long coats (Due to a recessive gene), though it is not acceptable in the show ring
Loyal to the family
Loyal to the Pack Leader
Cautious with Strangers
Often Dominant Over Other Dogs, particularly of the same sex
Friendliness Towards other Dogs
Cautious – This breed tends to be more intolerant of other dogs. Regular socialization with other dogs from an early age is important to prevent unwanted behavior.
The Akita is know to have trouble with other dogs of the same gender. To prevent this early socialization as well as continual socialization with other dogs is important to prevent unwanted behavior.
Friendliness towards Other Pets
Cautious – This breed tends to be more intolerant of cats and other animals. Regular Socialization with other pets and animals from an early age is important to prevent unwanted behavior.
Friendliness Towards Strangers
Cautious – This breed tends to be aloof with strangers. Socialization with many new humans from a young age is important to preventing unwanted behavior.
Energy & Trainability
Low Energy/Low Exercise Needs – This breed tends to have lower energy and therefore lower exercise requirements. Every dog needs to experience the outside world but these pooch’s won’t destroy furniture if you stay in for the day.
Due to it’s large size however, the Akita would benefit having access to a yard.
Advanced – This breed tends to require a more experienced, dedicated, and patient owner to learn and obey commands and expectations.
Additional Information about the Breed
Tips for Raising The Akita
Akita Dogs are like cats! they tend to clean their face after a meal and like to do it to other dog companions. They are also very mindful of their surroundings.
These dogs are naturally very cautious of strangers. Early socialization will make a difference, but it is important for people to respect the nature of this breed and allow them to be aloof, approaching when its comfortable for them.
As with all dog breeds, it is important to not over exercise a puppy. They grow quickly and too much pressure on their joints can cause issues later on in life. Wait until your puppy is at least a year old before you take them on any lengthy hikes or runs.
Akita Rescue and Adoption Organizations
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- The organization name, Web Site URL, breed/page you would like your site listed, and city and province of shelter location if applicable.
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