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Akita Dog Breed Information

General Information:

Height: 24 –-30 in
Weight: 70-130 lbs
Life Span: 10-12 yrs
Coloring: Black, White, Chocolate, or Brindle
Area of Origin: Scotland
Similar Breeds: Labrador, Newfoundland, Bernese Mountain Dog, Goldendoodle



Akita’s have very strong personalities and need strong owners to teach and train them properly. They are best in a one-dog house, and males can be aggressive with other male dogs. Akita’s can coexist in multi-dog households but they need to be trained well and watched carefully.

Akita’s are extremely loyal and intelligent dogs who are naturally protective of their families. Akita’s will bark if they sense danger, but bark much less than other breeds. The theory that they never bark is untrue, and they make moaning and grunting sounds often to get your attention.

Be warned that it takes a strong personality and a good disciplinary to provide the Akita with the structure and discipline they need. An undisciplined Akita can become a trouble dog very quickly and can be destructive if left alone to often or if they don’t receive enough exercise. They are not recommended for first time dog owners, and you shouldn’t consider an Akita unless you have plenty of time to dedicate to them.

Six Interesting Facts about the Akita:

  1. There are two types of Akita’s – the Japanese Akita and the American Akita. The Japanese is slightly smaller and has a traditionally white face. The American typically has a black mask and triangular eyes.
  2. “Mouthing” is a common trait among Akita’s and is a way they express appreciation and love. It is not uncommon for an Akita to take your wrist in their mouth, or lead you by the wrist to another room. It’s a good idea to have lots of toys for them carry in their mouth. Plus, they are easily trained to retrieve things like the newspaper and your slippers!
  3. The Akita breed originated in Japan and was once used as a guardian for Japanese royalty.
  4. Akita’s are not frightened easily and are sometimes used as hunting dogs for game as large as bears.
  5. Training Akita’s takes longer than other breeds because of their dominant personalities. They are highly intelligent and stubborn, so be patient as well as forceful.
  6. They function much better as a house dog and keeping them outdoors all the time can cause frustration and abandonment issues, leading to a difficult and destructive dog.

Organizations Dedicated to Akitas:

The Akita Club of America
Akita Rescue Mid Atlantic Coast
Akita Rescue Society of America
Akita Rescue of New York
Natural Akita
TikiHut Akita Rescue Association
A Passion for Paws Akita Rescue

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Akita Breed Information