Akita Dog Breed Information

Akita Quick Facts
Breed Group: Working Group
Origen: Japan
Nickname: Bear hound, Akita Inu, Akita
Weight: 65-130 lbs
Height: 23-28 inches
Color(s): Any color, including white, pinto, or brindle

Akita Appearance

The Akita is the largest of all Japanese breed. It is potent, alert and well balance dog witch much substance and heavy bone. Its body is longer than it is tall and the chest is deep. The broad head is triangular-shape with powerful, square jaws. The eyes are small and dark; the ears are small and naturally erect. The tail is long and carried over the back in single or double curl.

The double coat has a thick, soft undercoat and short, straight, harsh outer coat. Undercoat may be different color from outer color. The outer coat can be any color with or without a mask or blaze on the face; colors are usually brilliant and clear including white; brindle or pinto. Akita size stand from 23 to 28 inches and the weight is between 65-130 pounds.

Akita Temperament

The Akita is faithful and brave companion that is affectionate and passive with its own family but alert and suspicious with strangers. They thrive on human companionship and it makes an excellent guard. Although it is generally good nature and quiet, it can be stubborn and requires proper socialization in order to get alone with a variety of people, they need to be around the people in the household to bond with them so, allows your Akita to come inside too.

They do not bark unless there is a good reason. Obedience training requires patience, as these dogs tend to get bored quickly but with the right type of owner and the proper amount of daily mental, physical exercise and firm training can make them a fine pet.

Is Akita the Right Dog Breed for You?

Having been bred for exceptionally cold weather, the Akita does very well with both outdoor and cool climates. The Akita can be challenge when it comes to training. His determined personality and stubbornness makes them best suited for those with some level of experience. The Akita also will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is moderately active indoors and will do best with a large yard. But be careful as some Akitas are escape artists. They will hook their front paws over a low fence and climb over.

Akitas are very friendly with family members and friends; He will stand to the defense of his family whenever a hostile stranger or animal arouses his protective instinct. This breed is usually fine with children that live in household, but can be protective when other children are around and may also be aggressive with others dogs and smaller animals. Akitas do not like to be teased and may respond by biting.

Akita Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Akita is around 10-12 years.

Akita Health problems

There is a number of health problems associated with this breed. This includes CHD (Canine hip dysplasia), PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy). They are also prone to elbow and hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, cruciate ligament rupture, osteosarcoma, lymphosarcoma, epilepsy and hypothyroidism. Try to keep your Akita's weight down. Obesity in the Akita causes the tendons of its knees to weaken, which may lead to other health complications due to immobility. Some studies have been documented that Onions can be toxic and can cause changes in the red blood of the Akita.

Akita Care and Grooming

The Akita needs moderate but regular exercise to stay in form. It should be taken for long daily walks or jogging. One of the primary concerns with taking care of purebreds is their specific dietary needs. Generic and branded dog food will not provide your dog's essential nutrition. It may even raise health concerns like gastric torsion or bloating. Good nutrition is then needed to avert gastric torsion.

The Akita grooming requirements for this breed are not overly high - to be done on a weekly basis, and in order to keep his coat in good condition you should use a grooming rake or pin brush and bathe only when absolutely necessary as bathing removes the natural waterproofing of the coat. Akitas are also very clean dogs and groom themselves like cats.

Akita Shedding

Akita is a heavy seasonal shedder, and is therefore not well suited to allergy sufferers.