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Developed in the mountains of Japan, the Akita originally was used to hunt bear, elk and boar. The breed can have an aggressive temperament, requiring supervision around small children and other animals. The Akita has a distinctive thick, double coat and plush tail that curls over his back. Although a fastidious groomer like a cat, he still needs daily brushing. Active and energetic, this breed should be exercised daily.
Living Considerations
  • Not suitable for children
  • Not hypoallergenic
  • Not suitable for apartment living
Did you know?
Helen Keller is credited with bringing the first Akita to the U.S., having received a puppy from the Ministry of Education during a visit to Japan in 1937.
Also Known As:
Akita Inu
Japanese Akita
American Akita
  • Size Medium
  • Height Males – 66 to 72 centimetres at the withers
    Females - 61 to 66 centimetres at the withers
  • Weight Males – 34 to 59 kilograms
    Females – 31 to 46 kilograms
  • Coat Puffy double coat
  • Energy Medium
  • Colour Any color including white, brindle or pinto
  • Activities Conformation, Agility, Rally, Obedience
  • Indoor/Outdoor Both