The Akita is a large, powerful dog with a decidedly strong appearance. Being only slightly taller than his height, the Akita’s appearance is well balanced.
The fully curly tail fits well into the large head. The male Akita stands between 26 and 28 inches tall and weighs about 110 pounds (50 kg). The female is between 24 and 26 inches tall and weighs around 80 lbs (36 kg). The Akita’s broad chest and neck serves as a solid base for the large head, and is the Akita’s most distinctive feature. The wide head and short muzzle form a sharp triangle when viewed from above. Akita possesses small eyes and erect ears, which gives the breed a very generous expression. The body is muscular, legs are straight and strong. The tail is large, stocky, and raised, usually curled over the body.
The Akita’s coat is short to medium in length and very dense. Thick, smooth undercoat makes the Akita well suited for colder climates, although the coat will weaken significantly during warmer months. The outer layer, or protection hair, is a little longer and coarser. Some Akitas have long hair and although they are not true for show purposes, they are attractive dogs in their own right. Akita colors include white, taupe and pinto. White Akitas has no mask. The pinto has a white background with large patches of color covering the body. The coat may be a different color than the outer layer, but the colors are always clear and bold. Akita’s stunning appearance contributed to her steady growth in popularity.
The Akita was never raised to live or work in groups, rather than being alone or in a pair. Today’s Akita reflects this breed. The Akita is happy to be a lonely dog, and can be aggressive towards other dogs that are not in his family group. The Akita can, properly socialized, learn to tolerate other animals, but will likely attempt to maintain his status as the best dog at all costs. Akita is loyal and affectionate towards his family and friends, yet totally local about his home and isolated with strangers. They are excellent watchdogs and will only bark when something is really wrong.
The Akita’s large size can make it difficult to control and thus it is not a suitable breed for everyone. He has intense strength and endurance and needs custom training to help him direct the energy properly. Being an intelligent breed, the Akita can easily get bored of training. He thrives when he is challenged and given a job to do.
Although the Akita is a large and powerful breed, they have been bred for centuries as a home companion. The loyalty and dedication they show is beloved among Akita owners. Akita usually follows you from room to room in your home, as if his only goal in life is to protect you and keep you company. However, an Akita can have aggressive tendencies. Usually aggression towards other dogs. They are not usually aggressive towards people, but they have highly developed protective instincts and care should be taken when unfamiliar people enter your home. As for the children at home, the Akita will be as loyal to them as any member of the family. Of course, young children generally should not be left alone with any large dogs, especially when they are new in the family.
In addition to their extreme loyalty, the Akita likes to be kept very clean, and it can be easily broken. These two features make them desirable in the home. Some have described the Akita as almost “cat-like” because it is so clean and odorless.
Akita grew up in Japan where he is considered “soft-hearted and strong in strength.” The breed gets its name from Akita Prefecture, which is a part of northern Japan, where the breed was developed through crossings of the Chow with Japanese Curry Dogs and Tosa. Centuries ago, the dynasty was only owned by the country’s imperial leaders. Originally Akita’s job was to hunt, guard, and herd. This fast and strong dog was unprecedented in its ability to track large game including deer, elk and black bear. The Akita is still seen as a loyal and courageous dog, and the Japanese now use the Akita as a police dog.
Known as a symbol of protection, Japanese parents often receive a miniature Akita statue upon the birth of their child. Akita is not only a symbol of protection, but also a symbol of health, happiness and long life. In 1931, the government of Japan declared the Akita dynasty a national monument and one of Japan’s national treasures.
Helen Keeler was the first person to bring Akita to the United States. In 1937, on a visit to the Perfecture of Akita, she commented on how much she liked the breed and would like to have one of her own. Her bravery inspired the people of Japan, and as an expression of respect she was given a puppy named Kamikaze-go. Although this pup passed away at a young age, she has been fortunate to receive a second Akita and has enjoyed his company for many years.