Routine Care: These are large dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.
Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.
Dental: Akitas often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!
Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
These protective and affectionate dogs need a strong leader, daily exercise, and enjoy time spent hanging out with their family. Females may be significantly smaller than males.
• Loving and loyal to their owners
• Quiet—not much of a barker
• Docile and devoted
• Protective; excellent guard dog
• Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions
• Large, strong, and athletic
• Must be properly socialized as a puppy to avoid aggression as an adult
• Can be strong-willed and difficult to train
• Aggressive toward other animals
• Coat sheds heavily and needs to be brushed regularly
• Doesn’t do well in the heat
• Is a bit “mouthy”—likes to carry and chew things
Whether you are considering adding a new Akita to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Akita will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Akita you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues an Akita could encounter:
Akitas are large and powerful dogs that require a firm and consistent leader to give them the early training and socialization that they require. They are natural guard dogs that do not bark without reason. Due to their thick double coat, this breed does not thrive in the heat. Akitas prefer to be with their family. They do not do well when left outside alone. Akitas are generally healthy but can be prone to some diseases, like hypothyroidism, and hip dysplasia. Early detection is the key to a long and happy life, so be sure to schedule routine checkups.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Akita shows signs of the following:
• Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen
• Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain
• Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss
• Lameness with or without swelling
• General reluctance to run or play
• Stiffness or reluctance to rise/sit/use stairs
• Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
• Redness to the eyes, loss of pigment to the nose and other skin areas
• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
• Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night
• Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye
• Cloudiness to eye lens
• Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
• Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds
• Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth