This dog enjoys cold weather and has a bold and independent personality. It is protective and with proper training, will make a great companion.

Breed Overview

Although the origin date of this Japanese dog is unknown, it was originally used for hunting large game, and guarding. This breed is a member of the spitz family of dogs and has a short, double coat. The Akita arrived to America in 1937 when Helen Keller returned with one from her trip to Japan. They are very tenacious, independent, stubborn, and bold, yet affectionate dogs. It is devoted to its family and makes an excellent guard dog. Some may be reserved with strangers and other dogs, but with proper socialization from an early age, they will get along with other pets. They make excellent companions, however they require daily mental and physical exercise. Because this breed is large, strong, and independent, the most suitable owners are experienced dog handlers, active individuals, and families with older children. The Akita is capable of living outside in temperate and cool climates. Brushing once per week is required to remove any dead hair, other than that, they require minimal maintenance.

Breed Characteristics

Grooming requirements:
1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming
Energy level:
1 = low energy - 5 = high energy
Friendliness toward strangers:
1 = shy - 5 = very friendly
Ease of training:
1 = difficult - 5 = easy
Affection toward owners:
1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Breed Details & Traits

Height: Male: 25-28"; Female: 23-26"
Weight: Male: 85-115 lb; Female: 65- 90 lb
Lifespan: 10-12 years

Breed Traits

Independent, Stubborn, Watchdog, Working group,


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