Updated: Mar 11


Breed summary

The Akita is a large, powerful dog with a sturdy appearance. They are tall and the full, curled tail is proportionate with the large head. They have a broad chest and neck which serve as a solid base for the large head, which is a distinguished character for them. The Head forms a blunt triangle when viewed from above. Their shoulders strong and forelegs are heavy-boned and straight. They are double-coated with strong back legs move in line with front legs.


Length: Medium

Characteristics: Double coat

Colors: Any color including white; brindle; or pinto.

Colors are rich, brilliant and clear.

Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate


Like other breeds, Akita depends on a high-quality diet for their proper growth and development of muscle during early age. They should be fed diet according to their age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some seniors are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Don’t give all human food which is not safe for them. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times. A regular check-up by a veterinarian is essential for maintaining proper health.


Akita’s are very intelligent and loyal but also have an independent, headstrong nature. As large and powerful dogs, their training needs to start from their puppyhood. They are easy to train and moderate friendly. They require early socialization with the young of the family to protect them. They are independent and strong enough to drive their prey.


They are not highly active breed but requires moderate training. Some large dogs easily develop overweight which needs to be controlled by regular walking, running, etc. They were bred as house dogs and guardians and hunters and adapt very well to life in the home. In Japan, they do work with the police.

Health care

Like many broad-chested dogs, Akita’s can experience bloat, a sudden, life-threatening condition where the stomach can twist without veterinary intervention. Without prompt attempts, this can cause death. Avoiding raised food bowls is necessary with anti-bloating ingredients in diet to prevent this condition. They frequently develop certain health conditions such as eye and thyroid disorders, and hip dysplasia, a malformation of the hip joints that can cause pain and arthritis.

Country of Origin: Japan

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 47 of 196

AKC Classification: Working group

UKC Classification: Northern breed

Exercise Requirements: Average

Height: Female: 24-26 inches; Male: 26-28 inches

Weight: Female: 70-100 lbs; Male: 100-130 lbs

Physical traits: Large, Muscular, Sturdy, Powerful

Personality traits/Temperament: Courageous, Dignified, Profoundly Loyal

Energy Level: Average

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: Low

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: Moderate

Life Expectancy: 10-13 years

Fun Fact

In Japan Akitas are used as police dogs and are known as a symbol for protection.


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