The Japanese Akita is a large spitz-like dog that stands between 24 - 28 inches and weighs between 75 and 110 pounds.
The Akita has a powerful athletic build with a short, glossy coat that comes in solid, brindle or multi-color patterns.
The coat has a somewhat rugged look especially when the dog is heeling or facing another dog.
The Akita is an intelligent breed with a peevish personality. This dog is loyal and loving but also fierce and fearless. While this breed is loyal and protective, it can be timid if not well socialized.
History of the Breed
The Japanese Akita breed originated in the mountainous regions of the Akita Prefecture. According to Japanese history, the dog was used as a hunting dog. The Akita was owned by the respected Sui-chin eating god (or yushu) Heians. The breed is also loyal and proud of its history and will not tolerate nonsense. The Akita is a quiet dog that is not prone to nuisance barking and, if kept indoors, may become destructive if left alone.
The Akita is a heavy shedder and requires a thorough brushing about twice a week. The Akita has few health problems. Like most large bread dogs it can suffer from hip dysplasia and it is advised to check the parents of any puppies for any signs of this condition. Unless it is an hereditary problem, hypothyroidism is not common in the breed.
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Like many other large bread dogs, the Akita can also suffer from entropion (narrowing of the slit between the eyelids). Training and Care of the Akita The Akita can be very stubborn and does not always respond to training. Owners who loose patience and get frustrated should not use this breed as a guard dog. This dog, though loyal, is not a good watchdog.
The Akita may be difficult to housebreak. It is better to housebreak this breed as much as possible. Although Akitas are fairly calm, they may be nervous under certain circumstances. For example, these dogs may be startled by a loud sudden movement. timid owners should be careful during encounters with this breed as this may trigger temperament problems.
Overall, Akitas are great dogs but they are not for everyone. This breed needs a dedicated owner.