Dog Profiles - Description of Akita


Description: The Akita is large, powerful, alert, with much substance and heavy bone. He has a deep muzzle, small eyes and erect ears, and a large curled tail. Renown for his fierce love, loyalty and obedience to his owner. He is the largest of the Japanese Spitz-type breeds. Akitas have webbed feet and are very strong swimmers. Akitas need space and should not be confined.

Height: 24-28 inches

Weight: 75-110 lbs.

Colors: Any colors including white, brindle and pinto, with or without a mask.

Coat: Outer coat coarse, straight and stand-off. Soft, dense undercoat.

Temperament: Active, independent, dignified, bold. Will protect family children, apprehensive of other children. Good with family pets, but may be aggressive towards other small animals. Very good watch-dog. Very good guard-dog, alert but detached, never fearful.

Care and Exercise: Requires daily brushing. Daily exercise is essential. Sheds twice a year. Bath only when necessary.

Training: Early obedience is necessary to prevent aggression against other dogs. Learning Rate: High, intelligence is extremely high.

Activity: Moderate

Living Environment: A house with a fenced yard is essential.

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia and eye problems.

Life Span: About 12 years.

Litter Size: 5-7

Country of Origin: Japan

History: Dates back over three hundred years and takes his name from the prefecture of Akita in northern Japan. Developed in 1630 by a Samurai the Akita was produced to be an excellent fighter and guardian. In 1931 the Japanese government designated the Akitas as a National Monument and one of Japan's national treasures.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 5), KC,(GB), UKC