The Japanese Akita - All You Need to Know

  • 01/10/2011

The Japanese Akita Inu is one of the largest of the Japanese breeds. Akita has evolved in the mountainous region of Akita Prefecture. But over time the breed was mixed with various other breeds such as the Tosa. Centuries ago, Akita's were owned only by the Shogun. The dog was used to track game and keep them at bay until the hunters arrived to make the kill. Some of these types of games Akita stalked included elk, wild boar and 800 pound Yezo bear.

Hellen Keller was one of the first Americans to bring introduce the Akita to the U.S.A. She was interested in the Akita Inu, and was presented with the first two to enter the United States. Akita Club of America was founded in 1956. One of the two dogs died at a young age, however the other died of old age and spent a very long and happy life in America with Hellen Keller. In 1973, the Akita breed was accepted into the American Kennel Club working group.

The Japanese Akita is between 22 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 75 to 120 pounds. The Akita Inu is available in five colours red, fawn, sesame, brindle and white. Like many other Japanese breeds, the Akita has a double layer soft thick, thick skin on the outer coast straight and smooth skin thickness in the soft inner layer.

Akita, life expectancy ranges from 10-12 years. As each dog Akita has a double coat it requires regular grooming. Akita's generally have 2 sheddings once a year

Akitas are very loyal and intelligent dogs. They are a very noble breed and highly revered in Japan. They are a national protected species along with all of the other native Japanese dogs such as the Shiba Inu, Kai Ken, Kishu Inu, Tosa Inu, Shikoku Inu, Japanese Chin and the Hokkaido Inu. They can often be destructive and aggressive if they are given nothing to do. Akitas can live happily in an apartment if and when given exercise on a constant basis. Like most Japanese breeds they have to be socialised as puppies so they are friendly with other dogs and people. Akitas have been known to be very excited to see their owners, often moving around and grunting happily. They are very good with children and are often very entertaining. This is a family dog with proper training and socialisation.


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