Also Called: Japanese Akita

Friendliness High
Kid Friendly Moderate
Pet Friendly Moderate
Exercise Needs Significant
Playfulness High
Energy Level High
Trainability Average
Intelligence High
Tendency To Bark Medium
Amount Of Shedding Medium

The Akita is a large and powerful dog, originally from the mountainous forests of northern Japan. Its breathtaking beauty and stately dignity leave an indelible impression on all who meet it. This loyal breed is often aloof and wary of strangers, and is known to be fiercely protective of its family and property.

Breed Overview

  • Group: Working
  • Life Span: 10-13 years
  • Height: 24-28 inches
  • Weight: 75-120 pounds
  • Coat: Medium-length, dense, and waterproof
  • Coat Colors: White
  • Litter Size: 4-7
  • Family: Working Dog /Guardians or Gun Dog
  • Hypoallergenic: false
  • Recognition: AKC, FCI, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NZKC, CKC, and NAPR
  • Size: Large

Training and Care

Akitas learn quickly, so positive reinforcement training may help with socialization. They are sometimes stubborn and require a patient and consistent hand. This breed needs daily exercise and the Akita is not suited for apartment living. A backyard recommended with tall, sturdy fencing, as these dogs love to wander and explore. Regular brushing and bathing every three months helps to keep the Akita's coat in good condition.

Diet and Nutrition

A healthy diet with balanced nutrients is important for Akitas. They are active and need a high-quality dog food with plenty of proteins and fats along with moderate amount of fiber. Feeding small meals twice a day is better than one large meal. Avoid overfeeding and provide access to plenty of fresh, clean water.

Health Problems

Akitas need regular vet checkups for early detection and prevention of health problems. Some common health problems are hip and elbow dysplasia, eyelid disorders, patellar luxation, heart disease, skin allergies, autoimmune disorders, and Von Willebrand's disease.

Breed History

The Akita was developed in Japan in the 16th century and is believed to have descended from the ancient Matagi and Koshi-ken. The Akita is the largest of the Japanese breeds and was bred as a guard and hunting dog, with a thick double coat that kept it warm in the cold northern climate.

Where to Buy or Adopt

Akitas are usually available at pet stores or breeders. There are also many Akita rescues and shelters all over the world, where you can adopt an Akita for a much lower cost than buying one from a breeder. Price range for a puppy is usually from $800 - $2000.

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