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Akita Dog



The Akita dog breed is originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. in 1931, Akita has officially declared a Japanese Natural Monument. Akita is very appreciated, and in ancient times these pets belonged only to the nobles and aristocrats. They were in the Imperial Guard, engaged in hunting wild boar, bear and waterfowl. The breed is considered to be the largest of the Spitz family. Nowadays, Akita is the most faithful companion and caretaker. The Akita was officially recognized by the AKC in 1972.

Weight: 70-130 pounds.  Height: 24-28 inches.  Life expectancy: 10-13 years


The Akita is a powerful, independent and dominant breed with the strong and muscular body. Akita is bold, still, sympathetic and noble breed. These animals are very restrained and behave with dignity.

The Akita is a big dog that can reach a withers height of up to 28 inches. His body is powerfully built, compact and muscular. Nevertheless, his proportions are very harmonious. The Akita weighs up to 130 pounds.


The Akita dog breed likes kids, and it is delicate and understanding. Be that as it may, the Akita may have a possessive mentality toward youngsters in its family and may endeavor to shield the kid from different pets or creatures. Socialization to different creatures should begin as quickly as time permits, which will counteract hostility. By nature, Akita is very responsive and loves contact with humans.

These dogs are very devoted to their family but remain very wary of strangers. They are seriously protective of their territory and particularly aggressive toward dogs and other pets. Akita is an excellent watchdog, requires a lot of attention, so it is not advisable to leave them alone at home. This breed is not recommended for people with no experience.

Coat / Care:

The Akita Dog has two coat types. The outer layer is hard and straight, and inner coat is soft, and since it is closer to the body, maintains the body temperature. The hair on the head and ears is short and most abundant is a long tail. They shed twice a year. According to standards, Akita`s coat color is pure white, all types of brindle and differing colors of undercoat. His hair needs careful care and daily combing.

Bathe the dog only in extreme necessity, with a mild shampoo to protect the coat and prevent the removal of natural skin oils. It is important that the lower layer of the coat is of their natural function.

Health Problems:

The Akita Dog Breed likely health problems are Hip Dysplasia; Uveodermatologic Syndrome and Sebaceous Adenitis, a disease that ends in total hair loss ; an eye disease called Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) that causes blindness; an immune disorder called Acquired Myasthenia Gravis (MG); von Willebrand disease (VWD), a bleeding disorder; and immune system disorders that affect the skin such as Pemphigus Foliaceous (PF). The Akita Dog has a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years.


Weight / Height

The male Akita dog breed’s height is around 26-28 inches and weighs around 100 and 130 pounds. Female Akita dogs can reach a size from 24-26 inches and weighs between 70 and 100 pounds. Male Akita dogs are generally larger than females.


A large breed, the Akita needs a solid proprietor/coach since it has a solid will and has a tendency to be tenacious. At the primary indication of shortcoming, this canine will accept an alpha state of mind over subordinate proprietors. A wise canine, it doesn’t take ache for this breed to get on preparing, which can demonstrate to have positive and negative repercussions. Your Akita will wind up plainly exhausted effortlessly, so give enough mental and physical incitement.

Akitas work best on an everyday schedule, so it realizes what is normal. As a puppy, begin with a fundamental summons and work your way up to more intricate lessons as your canine methodologies the age of four months to a half year.


The Akita does not require a large variety of exercises, but needs daily walks in the fresh air. This breed is not suitable for apartments; its temperament requires a house with an extensive yard. It is advised to keep Akita on a leash in order to avoid aggressive encounters with other pets. This dog enjoys participating in family activities.

Quick Information

Other Names:Akita Inu, Japanese Akita, Japanese Akita Inu, Akita-ken, Great Japanese Dog, Haykita Ken
Average size: Large Dog Breed    
Color:White, Black, Brown and Red
Energy Level:Very active working dog
Trainability:This dog is easy to train
Barking Level:Low – When Necessary
Intelligence:Very Intelligent and clever dog
Personality:Loyal, Dignified, Courageous
AKC Dog Ranking:46th Most popular dog breed
Good family dog:Yes, good with socialization
Good with other dogs:Yes, good with socialization
Good with children:Yes, good with socialization
Good with strangers:Medium –  They are wary around strangers
Good apartment dog:Low – this is not an apartment dog

Akita Dog

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