Description: These dogs are calm, thoughtful, intelligent, friendly, and reasonably obedient and have a strong hunting instinct with an independence streak to match. Though bred as serious fighters, Akitas are surprisingly loving to their owner/handler. Their relationship with other dogs may leave something to be desired, though.
Beware of akitas' tendency to dig. This is a natural canine instinct, especially of northern breeds, and akitas follow it to the hilt. As difficult as it may to ignore the digging, do so or it will continue if more attention is paid to it.
Also, stress housetraining early and often. Akitas may lay in their own feces and urine if their elimination area isn't far enough from where they eat or sleep, especially if they're unattended. Despite the housetraining challenge, don't let your akita out a lot until it shows that it's trustworthy.
Other Names: Akita Inu, Japanese Akita
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.
With Children: Yes, will protect family children, apprehensive of other children.
With Pets: Yes with family pets, may be aggressive towards other small animals.
Watch-dog: Very High
Guard-dog: High, alert but detached, never fearful
Care and Training: Requires daily brushing. Daily exercise is essential. Sheds twice a year. Bath only when necessary. Early obedience is necessary to prevent aggression against other dogs.
Learning Rate: High, intelligence is extremely high.
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 him 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.