Akita At a Glance

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Large. Weight: Males 100–130 lb (45.5–59 kg)/females 70–100 lb (31.5–45.5 kg); Height: Males 26–28 in (66–71 cm)/females 24–26 in (61–66 cm)


The Akita has a double, waterproof coat. The outer coat is rough, straight, and stands a little off the body.


Any color including white, brindle, fawn, red, pinto

Life Span:

10 to 12 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level – 100
Barking Tendencies – 100
Cat Friendly – 10
Cold Weather Tolerance – 100
Exercise Needs – 90
General Health – 80
Grooming Needs – 40
Hot Weather Tolerance – 30
Intelligence – 60
Kid Friendly – 10
Playfulness – 100
Shedding Level – 90
Social Needs – 10
Watchdog Ability – 100

Did You Know?

The American Akita is considered a separate breed from the Akita Inu (Japanese Akita) in many countries around the world.

Breed: Akita

AKC Breed Group: Working

Other Registries: ANKC (Utility); CKC (Working); FCI (Spitz and Primitive); KC (Utility); UKC (Northern)


The Akita, originally used to guard royalty in feudal Japan, is a large and powerful dog breed that has an intimidating appearance. He was also used at hunting deer, bears and wild boar. A loyal guardian for his family, this dog has no fear whatsoever. The average height of an Akita is 1 foot 9 inches  to 1  foot, 11 inches weighing about 40 to 65 pounds. They have a lifespan of 10 to 13 years.


The Akita is a strong and fearless dog. They are very powerful dogs and can be quite intimidating sometimes. Although they are known as family dogs the temperament of one dog can be different than the others so some are peaceful and some are aggressive. Usually they are not aggressive toward people but they are very cautious around strangers. If you have an aggressive Akita then you have to be cautious around children. The most important thing about this aspect is that you should be very careful when they eat. This type of dog can be rampant if it’s disturbed while eating.

Akita dogs have a natural hunting instinct so they shouldn’t be let unsupervised outside of a safely fenced area. They usually are aggressive towards other dogs and animals. He enjoys protecting you and your family and this will be his number one priority. Daily exercise is a must for this breed but don’t worry, a long walk should be enough for them.

This dog breed is prone to hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, eye problems, and lupus.

Akita Training:

The Akita can be a bit harder to train than other dog breeds but with a bit of perseveration you can accomplish this thing too. This dog breed can learn commands a bit slower than other dog breeds but once they learn something, they will never forget it so you shouldn’t be worried that you are wasting your time with his training.

Akita Grooming:

The Akita has a double, waterproof coat. The outer coat is rough, straight, and stands a little off the body. The under coat is dense, soft and close to the body. The hair on the head, legs, and ears is short, whereas the hair on the tail is long and plentiful. This breed typically shed their coat twice a year. Coat colors include pure white, red, sesame, and brindle.

Daily brushing with a bristle brush is necessary to care for this dog breed’s lustrous coat. They should only be bathed when absolutely necessary. A light shampoo is recommended to prevent stripping the coat of pure oils. It is very important preserve the hair on the underside of the paws to protect their webbed feet.ADVERTISEMENT

This breed doesn’t require special grooming compared to other dogs. The most important thing that you should know is never forget to brush his coat every day. Also shaping needs to be done every 2 months.

Akita History:

Akita is one of the most renowned Japanese dog breed. The modern Akita was bred in the 17th century when a nobleman challenged his landowners to join the competition of breeding a race of strong hunting dogs. These dogs were very good in hunting bear, deer, and wild boar. The Akita ancestors were called matagi-inu which translated means “hunting dog”.

A truly noble and distinguished dog breed. The breed originated in Japan and has remained unchanged for hundreds of years. The breed was an extremely prized and revered dog, solely owned by nobility and aristocracy. The breed was utilized in various capacities, including bear and boar hunting, and waterfowl retrieving. The American Akita is considered a separate breed from the Akita Inu (Japanese Akita) in many countries around the world. They are  the largest of the Spitz-type breeds. Today, these dogs are faithful companions and guard dogs.

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