Japanese Akita



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Breed Description


Japanese Akita is a large breed of dog originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. They are also known as Akita inu where “inu” simply means dog. It has great similarity with the American Akita or Just Akita. The dog is a docile, intelligent and fearless.

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Size type:

Large dog breed


These are equable, thoughtful, intelligent, and friendly dogs which are reasonably obedient, imperturbable, have a strong hunting instinct, are good watchdogs without barking too much, but they can also be independent and rather dominant. They will become friends, never slaves.

Breed Group:

Working dog breeds


The ideal shoulder-height is 67cm (26 ½ in) for dogs and 61cm (24in) for bitches. Variations of 3cm (1 ½ in) will be accepted.


Dogs 75 - 120 pounds (34 - 54 kg) Females 75 - 110 pounds (34 - 50 kg).


Most Japanese Akitas have no time for other dogs and prefer not to have any other dog for company. They virtually all tend to extreme dominancy with other dogs, especially ones of their own sex.

They need to become acquainted with cats and other animals early on to prevent later problems. They usually get on well with children, provided the children do not invade the dog’s own territory. They could never be considered as playmates for them. Strangers will get a rather reception from this dog.



The dog has straight, coarse covering hair with a soft dense undercoat. Permitted colours with the Japanese breed society are red, white and streaked. A dark face in Japan is regarded as a fault.

In some countries such as the USA spotted and speckled dogs with a black face are permitted at shows. In such countries these coats are much favored.


This breed is easy to care for. About twice per year they have a brief heavy moulting when a good comb with a double set of metal teeth should be used.


With a confident handler who is consistent with his approach, the Japanese Akita can learn a great deal. They do best if the drills are not constantly repeated. They are not a suitable breed for beginners unless you follow advice very closely.

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