The Akita is a large and powerful dog breed, used for guarding royalty in feudal Japan and hunting wild game. They are fearless and loyal guardians, but can be stubborn and cautious around strangers.
Akitas have huge paws, curled tails, and thick double coats in varied colors and patterns. American Akitas weigh 70-130 pounds and are 24-28 inches tall.
This breed is dominant, but with early and regular training, they make great family dogs. They love spending time with their human family.
Akitas like enclosed yards to investigate and explore, especially in cold weather. Due to their prey drive, they must be leashed and supervised.
The Akita's thick coat sheds slightly yet heavily once a year, requiring regular maintenance. Moderate activity prevents weight gain.
Training should begin early and occur frequently with calmness, consistency, and positive reinforcement. Akitas are known for being easy to potty train.
Akitas can live with other pets if introduced as pups, however they may prefer to be the sole pet. They may become envious if another pet gets too much attention.
Akitas seldom bark unless they're warning their family to a stranger. They like following their owners around or watching them from the floor.
Japanese Akitas hunt and guard households. They need a trainer to socialize with other animals and humans.
A clean Akita does not stink, but grooming is essential to maintain their hygiene and prevent odor. Regular nail clipping and tooth brushing are also important for their health.