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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.

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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.

Does your Akita bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
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.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
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. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Akita puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
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. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
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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Akita Questions

I'm looking at getting an Akita for protection for my family. We are always going for walks and have a fenced on yard. Is the Akita good for this?

The Akita is an amazing family dog that is very protective of their owners/family. However, they are not for the first time dog owner and need to be trained at an early age and continue to be trained throughout his/her life. They tend to air on the side of dog-on-dog aggression as well. If you feel the Akita works for your family, then the breed sounds fine for you. But if protection is what you are looking for, you may want to contact a trainer whom trains protection dogs and purchase an already trained dog.

Definitely not for a first time dog owner. Great for personal protection. Really needs to be in the house, not a dog that will be content left outside by itself, it needs to be part of the family.

I currently own a 9 1/2 yr old female Akita. I would like to get another Akita puppy to be a playmate for her and in return, help teach the puppy. I have read that you shouldn't put two of the same sex Akita's together. Is that true? I would prefer another girl, but would try a boy if this is a major concern. Thanks!

I had a 7 year old Akita male and got a 3 month old male pitbull. I was also concerned that there would be a problem because they both weren't neutered. I introduced the puppy to my Akita very slowly and when there wasn't any aggression shown I took him off the leash but I watched them closely. Needless to say they got along fine except for the occasional growl and posturing which I immediately stopped. The puppy actually brought life back into my Akita as he got older and when he passed 3 years ago my pit bull has never been the same. It's up to the temperament of the Akita. I didn't have a bad experience.

I have a male Akita and got a puppy male Akita. The pup is grown now and they get along.. but some same sex Akita's do and some don't but it's better to have a pup to grow up with then another grown Akita. It's a better chance of them getting along.

Do Akitas try to fight other dogs?

The Akita is know for dog-on-dog aggression as that was what they were originally bred for. This breed is not for the 'first time' dog owner. An experience dog owner is the best owner for this breed. The Akita needs a lot of exercise, a lot of training and to be managed by an owner that understands the breed and has done their research.

I am thinking about getting a pair of Akitas (one male, one female). The reason is for protection for my kids when outside, and my home. When we are gone we have a coyote problem. Is the Akita dog good for this?

Yes they are perfect for that! I breed akita's and have children and grandchildren and they are protective. They will kill a coyote in a heartbeat. The ones I have, have killed several.

The Akita breed is a powerful and very protective breed of dog. They will protect their owners from people, dogs and other animals naturally. If you are looking solely for a protection dog, then the Akita will work for you. But please note that they will be protective inside and outside of the house unless specially trained and very well socialized.

Yes, we have an Akita now and when he sees pretty much anything move that he can't see clearly, he barks and chases it.

I wouldn't get two puppies at the same time though. It's not recommended to spay/neuter before 12-18 months and you will have a problem if the female comes into heat. Also getting two puppies the same age they will form a bond with each other that might be deeper than the bond between owners. Get 1 raise and train and a year or so later get another puppy.

Akitas don't bark they are grunters. Our Akita is 11 years young and I would never purchase any other breed. She is protective and a wonderful house dog for being 100+ pounds. She's so beautiful and friendly, the attention that she brings to herself is amazing. Her walk is gorgeous, her Stan is unbelievable! We love our Akita she's one of the family. Her biggest fault is being food aggressive so we don't have any other animals.

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