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Breed Group: Working
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The Akita originated in Japan. Unchanged for centuries, this breed is considered the national dog of Japan and a natural monument. They were highly prized, revered, and only owned by nobility and aristocracy. They were used in various capacities such as Imperial guards, hunter of bear and boar, and waterfowl retrieving. They are the largest of the Spitz-type breeds. Today, the Akita is a faithful companion, therapy dog, and guard dog.
Akitas are large, sturdy, and muscular. The paws are webbed which makes them excellent swimmers. They have a reserved manner and carry themselves with great dignity. They are powerful and alert, responsive and courageous. The Akita is a noble and dominating breed.
The Akita is highly intelligent, fearless, and spontaneous. They thrive on human companionship. They are extremely loyal to their family and those they know, but are wary and aloof of strangers. They are exceedingly protective of their family, their territory, and of their food. They are particularly aggressive toward other dogs and pets. They will get along with older, very well behaved children within their family unit, but will not tolerate children they don't know. They make excellent guard dogs, although they are not excessive barkers. They do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time. For this reason, they are not well suited for a two career family. They require an inordinate amount of attention. Akitas are not recommended for the novice dog owner, or owners who are placid and submissive.
The Akita requires significant grooming with a firm bristle brush on a daily basis. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary with a mild shampoo to prevent stripping the coat of the natural oils. It is important to keep the hair on the bottom of the paws trimmed to preserve their characteristic of webbed feet. They are prone to hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, eye problems, and lupus.
The Akita is a double coat, waterproof breed. The outer coat is harsh, straight, and stands slightly off the body. The under coat is dense, soft, and close to the body. The hair on the head, legs, and ears is short, while the hair on the tail is long and profuse. They typically shed their coat twice a year. The Akita coat colors include pure white, red, sesame, and brindle.
The Akita requires intensive and extensive socialization and obedience training. It is absolutely imperative that they know who their master is or they will take charge. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed training methods. They do best with patience, kindness, firmness, fairness, and consistency. Akitas typically prefer to be clean and is easier to housetrain than many other breeds.
The Akita does not require an over-abundance of exercise. They are moderately active indoors. They enjoy play sessions with their family or other family activities. However, they will become bored and destructive if left alone for extended periods of time either inside or outside. They enjoy a daily walk, but it is vitally important they are very securely leashed and kept from encountering other dogs. They are not well suited for apartment dwellings and do best in a home with a large securely fenced yard.
Male: 85-130; Female: 65-110 lbs
Male: 25-28; Female: 23-26 inches
any color, including white, pinto, or brindle
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Akita puppies cost?

The cost to buy an Akita varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Akita puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Akitas sold is $1,050.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for an Akita with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $3,500 upwards to $8,600 or even more for an Akita with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Akitas sold is $1,100.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,050.00
Average Price: $1,100.00
Top Quality: $3,500.00 to $8,600.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 9696 Akita puppies across the United States on NextDayPets.com.

Annual cost of owning an Akita puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining an Akitas true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Akita Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 9696 Akita dogs.
  • 1. Daisy
  • 2. Duke
  • 3. Abby
  • 4. Bear
  • 5. Bella
  • 6. Kuma
  • 7. Rex
  • 8. Apollo
  • 9. Tilly
  • 10. Harley
  • 11. Jack
  • 12. Tessa
  • 13. Twila
  • 14. Max
  • 15. Sasha
  • 16. Dutchess
  • 17. Star
  • 18. Tina
  • 19. Candy
  • 20. Dixie

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Welcome to County Akitas! We are a small family-owned kennel in Northern Minnesota. We live in the country and strive to produce quality Akitas; whether your pup is a family pet or a show dog. We have been raising Akitas puppies for years. It's not a business but our love and hobby. We only sell our Akita puppies to great loving homes as companion pets. All puppies come with limited AKC registration unless noted otherwise. We do sell Akita puppies to qualified and responsible Akita breeders who can meet our guidelines. We do not, under any circumstance, sell puppies to brokers, pet stores, backyard breeders or puppy mills. We may ask many questions about and where/what kinda homes our new Akita puppies are going to be joining so please don't get upset we do this to guarantee our puppies are getting a great loving forever home. Our puppies are very well socialized and raised with tons of love. We truly love our puppies and we know you will also. Checkout our website today at www.countryakitas.com or call us at 218-252-1225 ​

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Anonymous asked:
At what age does the Akitas’s ears go straight up?if the puppies ears are still flopped downward does it mean that the Akita is not full breed?

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The average time that an Akita's ears will start to stand straight up is between 11 - 14 weeks. If the pups ears are not standing straight by 16 weeks, then tapping is needed. Sometimes there can been weak cartilage in the pedigree that causes the Akita's ears to not stand on their own. It does not necessarily mean that the dog is not purebred, it could just be a genetic fault. Making sure that your Akita comes from a responsibly, reputable, and knowledgeable breeder that has the paperwork to prove that the puppies are purebreds is your first responsibility as a potential new puppy owner.

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My question is, if an Akita dog, is brought up and socialized around people and children, and properly obedience trained, can they be as gentle and friendly as a golden retreiver and be able to be therapy dogs?

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The Akita is a fiercely loyal and intelligent breed of dog. If you choose a dog from a good breeder, properly socialize the dog and make sure you start training early, you can definitely have a dog that would excel as a therapy dog.

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Are male Akita's easier to handle than a female?



There is no simple answer to your question. The Akita breed is not for the first time dog owner, and they are not for a dog owner that is faint of heart. This breed is highly intelligent, loyal, fierce, and fearless. They need a calm, stable but firm owner that will put in the time and work into early and continual training and socialization. The personality of the Akita plays a big part in the dog. This breed can be known for same-sex aggression when it comes to other dogs, and since a female Akita should typically weigh less than a male; the size difference could make a female easier. However, it all depends on the linage of the dog, the personality of the dog, and how much proper training / socialization the owner has put into their dog.


We had an Akita and he bit a 3 year old in the face. They only have one alpha and if you get an Akita you have to be careful about that. Our Akita's alpha was my dad who was gone from dawn to dusk almost everyday and it turned out awful because the dog will only listen to the alpha.


If you get a male, and plan to neuter him, make sure that he isn't done while in a red-zone state of mind or in season. They will get stuck in that mind set. I've only raised the 1 male and he has bit several grandchildren and a couple people that came to the door. His last bite was me. He lunged for grandchild, 3 y/o and I stepped in front and he raised up for my face but I threw an elbow at him and he locked on and would not release for several minutes. Yes, I agree that once the dog establishes himself as Alpha, he will do as he wants as the boss. So, if you get a male, actually even females will establish as Alpha, so be sure to get the right training, the right vet and enjoy your pup. Just don't let your guard down.

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I have had three Akitas, one female and two males with my current one at a healthy 134 pounds. No he is not fat. We have another dog and he is a mutt but both are best friends. I have been considering adding a third dog and I would like any information on the American Long Hair Akita. I live in Phoenix AZ. All our dogs can hang out indoors or out, Thx



Long coated Akitas, or Woolies, are thought to be a throwback to a dog called the Karafuto, which was introduced into Akita bloodlines many years ago by Japanese breeders. Japan has a diverse climate and the northern prefectures are very cold, so to increase the coat density of a normally coated Akita, they introduced the bloodlines of this beautiful breed. The long coat Akita is slightly bigger boned than normal, more eager to please, and has a very kind and loving disposition, making them the ideal family pet. I would not suggest them because of the area of where you live. Unless you are diligent on making sure your dogs have AC and are kept at a temperature that they can handle; it would be best to stick to a regular Akita. Doing some research on the Karafuto breed should give you the info you're looking for; but again I wouldn't recommend because of the heat of AZ.


I learned after research and now first hand experience that the longer the hair, the better the temperance. Be prepared for some definite brushing and vacuuming when they shed twice a year. My Akita is a midhair. The appearance is like a bear. Hence the name Kuma which means bear in Japanese is #8 name on list. Long haired wasn't as attractive then the mid. I have kids and didn't want the shorthair and a quicker temperament.


I had a long-haired female American Akita. I read that the long-coat Akitas are a nicer temperament and our Akita was as well. She listened to my daughters and me. She was well socialized with other dogs and our cat and we had a confident, laid back male Bulldog that helped guide her. We got her at 16 weeks. I think having another older dog whos stable will help.

Anonymous asked:
Why is an Akita not good for first time owners? Are you saying who have never owned a dog before?

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The Akita, both American and Japanese are a very powerful, strong willed dog. If a person does not have dog experience, ie: owned a dog and understand that the fundamentals of training and socialization are extremely important; the owner is going to be in for a big surprise. There are breeds of dogs that personalities and behavioral traits are easier for first time dog owners to live with to ease into the dog-owning world. The Akita however, requires that someone have experience and knowledge past a beginner level to be able to handle this breed of dog.

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Updated: 7/5/2022