About the Akita Dog Breed
Originally bred to be a guard dog, the Akita was also used for fighting and hunting. In Japan the Akita breed is a symbol of good health and is known as the Great Japanese Dog.
Akita Physical Characteristics
The Akita has a large body with a powerful build. It head is triangular with short erect ears, and its tail is bushy and curls along the back.
The Akita is most commonly seen in white with spots of color.
Medium to short thick and coarse coat.
Akita Personality and Temperament
Moderate to High
The Akita is a good watchdog and extremely loyal to its human family. It is also loving and gentle.
Things to Consider
The Akita can be aggressive and territorial, especially toward strangers. It is also not considered a good dog for a family with small children.
Ideal Living Conditions
Akita dogs fare well in the country or city, though preferably not in an apartment setting.
The Akita requires regular grooming.
The following conditions are commonly seen in Akitas:
Akita History and Background
Considered a “natural treasure” of Japan, its native country, Akita dogs were originally bred as an adaptable hunting dog in the mountainous region of Northern Japan.
The Akita was saved from extinction in the 1800s, during which the Japanese made a concerted effort to save seven native dog breeds. The Akita is the largest among those seven breeds.
Hachiko, arguably the most honored Akita, would wait for his master every day at the station to accompany him back home. Even after his master’s death, he continued to religiously wait for him at the station every day for nine years. After Hachiko died on March 8, 1935, a statue was built to commemorate his dedication; it is here that Hachiko’s ceremony is held annually.
Hellen Keller, renowned American author and political acitivist, is credited with bringing the first Akita to the United States in 1937. It later became recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972, and is today considered an excellent breed with good-natured and courageous attributes – a fact that lends itself to the breed’s most common profession in Japan: guard dog and police dog.