Working Group in USA. Utility in KC London
Height: 24-28 in
Weight: 75-110 lbs.
Active, independent, dominant, loyal, affectionate to its
name of this Japanese breed comes from the province Akita,
located on the island of Honshu. The Japanese refer to
this breed as a police dog. The time of origin was during
the 1600Æs. This is one of three breeds that originated
in Japan û all are approximately the same in general
conformation, but of the three, the Akita is the largest.
They came to the U.S. after World War II, when American
troops brought some of these dogs back with them. They
were impressed with its naturally protective instincts.
The Akita was originally used to hunt big game. They were
used in pairs to hunt bear, and were also used for years
as a fighting dog.
are descended from the Spitz line of dogs. They have a
broad head that looks similar to that of a bear and have a
powerful and solid body. Their ears are held erect. This
breed needs to have plenty of daily exercise. Their tail
is set high and curls forward over the back.
Coat: stiff, straight, moderate length with a fine
undercoat. Coat does shed and does need grooming on a
regular basis. The Akita can be found in many colors, some
examples are pinto or brindle. The Akita prefers a cool
climate. When it comes to training, the Akita needs
socialization and obedience training from the day you
bring the puppy home. This obedience training should
always be reinforced in order for both you and the dog to
be happy. This way the dog will know his/her place within
your family ôpackö. They respond quickly to proper
training. This dog should be the only pet within the home;
they are dog aggressive. Lifespan: 10-14 years. The Akita
should not be left unsupervised with children and does
best when raised with children from puppy hood.
Retinal Atrophy, or PRA, is present within this breed.
Dogs afflicted with this condition eventually go blind due
to retinal deterioration.