Standing up to 28 inches at the
shoulder, the athletic Akita is large, powerful, and alert. The Akita was
produced to be an excellent fighter and guardian. He has a broad head, a
tail that curls up over his back, and a thick double coat that can be
any colour including white, brindle, and pinto. Beware! This dog "blows
coat" or sheds twice a year, and when he sheds, he means it!
for his fierce love, loyalty, courage, and obedience to his owner, the Akita is an
independent dog who nevertheless requires quite a bit of attention and
training as a puppy. Although friendly with people, he may take exception to other dogs. This breed needs a firm hand from a strong master.
Training and socialization should begin early. Generally, the Akita is quietly dignified and
not prone to barking.
can weigh over 100 lbs. and may not mix well with very young children. An
Akita should not be confined on a rope or chain. He requires a large,
fenced yard and plenty of exercise. Since the Akita is a protective dog with a
hunter's instincts, he is best suited to a single pet home.
In 1931 the Japanese
government designated the Akita as a National Monument and one of Japan's
The first Akita was brought to this continent by Helen Keller.