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The Akita, originally from Japan dates back to the 17th Century. Originally trained to hunt Bears they used to work in pairs. Resembling the Chow Chow, they are very powerful dogs and tend to have a stubborn streak, early training highly recommended.



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Akita Dog Pictures

How They Measure Up:

Part of the Working Group of Dogs, the Akita was first registered by the AKC in 1972.

Country of Origin: Japan

Coat Type: Fluffy/Coarse, Wide variety of colors accepted.

Height: 20 to 27 inches

Weight: 75 to 90 lbs.

Nature: Loyal, can be slightly stubborn, early obedience highly recommended.

Build: Large, muscular and powerful.


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Here is a picture of 'Kumo', sent to us by Patrick McClure we don't know too much about this guy as we only received his picture, no other details... nice looking Akita though!


History: ( Akita Dog Pictures above )

Today, the Akita is considered the national dog of Japan and is designated as a Natural Monument. The breed has had many uses, first as an Imperial guard dog, then as a fighting dog, hunter of deer and bear, for sledding, and for police, army and guard work. The Akita has keen hunting abilities and can even hunt in deep snow. He has a soft mouth, so he is suitable for waterfowl retrieval. In Japan, small statues of the Akita are often sent to ill people to express a wish for their speedy recovery, and to parents of a newborn child to symbolize health. The first Akita was brought to the United States by Helen Keller. American servicemen also brought Akitas to the US after World War II.

Description: ( See Akita Dog Pictures above )

A powerful and solid dog, strong and muscular with a flat, heavy head and strong, short muzzle. The Akita is slightly longer than he is tall with a broad, deep chest and level back. The head is broad and shaped like a blunt triangle. The stop is well-defined with a shallow groove going up the center of the forehead. The small, erect ears are carried forward and in line with the neck. The small, triangular eyes are dark brown.

The nose is generally black (brown is permitted on white Akitas, but black is preferred) and the lips are black though the tongue is pink. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite, though a level bite is accepted. The tail is carried high and curled over the back. The Akita has webbed cat-like feet and is a fine swimmer. The double coat is composed of a harsh stand-off outer coat insulated with a thick, soft undercoat. All coat colors are allowed. Bright, clear colors are preferred.


Very aggressive to other dogs and animals and should therefore never be allowed to run off lead around other animals. Should definitely be supervised with other household pets and children. Although the breed may tolerate children from his own family, he may not accept other children.

If teased, Akitas may bite. Children must be trained to treat these dogs with kindness. Can be very food-possessive, and willful. Capable of ferocity, but with firm training, can make a fine pet. Obedience training requires patience, as these dogs tend to get bored quickly. Should not be kept apart from the family. Vocalizes with many interesting sounds, but not an excessive barker. Beware of hip dysplasia. Buy only from OFA certified stock.


Docile, but sometimes impetuous. Careful, very affectionate with family, intelligent, and courageous. Fearless. Very willful--needs firm training as a puppy. First class guard--Japanese mothers would often leave their children in the family Akita's care. Extremely faithful. Thrives on companionship.


Children: Good only when raised with children from puppyhood.
Friendliness: Reserved with strangers.
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train.
Independence: Not particularly dependent or independent.
Dominance: High.
Other Pets: Not generally trustworthy with other pets.
Combativeness: Very dog-aggressive.
Noise: Not a barker.

Grooming and Physical Needs: ( see top of page for Akita Dog Pictures )

Grooming: Regular grooming needed.
Trimming & Stripping: No trimming or stripping needed.
Coat: Fluffy coat.
Shedding: Seasonally heavy shedder.
Exercise: Needs lots of exercise.
Jogging: A good jogging companion.
Indoors: Moderately active indoors.
Apartments: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised.
Outdoor Space: Best with a large yard.
Climate: Does well in most climates.
Owner: Not recommended for novice owners.
Longevity: Average (10 to 12 years).


hunting, tracking, watchdog, guarding, police work, military work, and sledding.

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