The Akita is the largest of all the Japanese breeds and was originally bred in the province of Akita in the 1600’s. They were originally used for guarding royalty and nobility in feudal Japan. In the 1930’s, the Akita was so rare that only the very wealthy could afford to buy one, if indeed one could be found! Globally, the breed has only been known since the early 1970’s
Akitas are large, powerful Dogs with thick, plush coats, the colours of which are brilliant and clear. They have a proud head carriage and stance, small ears and dark eyes. Their well-muscled limbs ensures that their movement is vigorous and resilient.
Grooming and Physical Needs
- Grooming Needs: The coat should be kept well groomed to bring out the best in it and two to three times a year, during heavy moults, a metal, double-toothed comb should be used.
- Coat Type: The Akita is double-coated, with the undercoat being very dense and plush; the topcoat is short and comes in a wide variety of colours
- Moulting: Akitas are shedders, so frequent grooming and vacuuming will be paramount. Heavier shedding occurs two or three times a year.
- Exercise Needs: Activity is essential for this active breed. They need plenty of exercise to keep them from becoming bored and, in turn, destructive.
- Average Life Span: 10-12 years
- Family: The Akita is suitable for families with older children. They should live in a one-pet household, however, because they can be aggressive toward other Dogs and will chase other pets.
- Temperament: The Akita is a bold and willful Dog, naturally wary of strangers but extremely loyal to their family. They are alert, intelligent, and courageous but tend to be aggressive toward other Dogs, especially those of the same sex. Best suited to a one-Dog household.
- Trainability: Proper training is essential, and training should be done by the owner. Because the Akita is so faithfully loyal, the bond between the owner and the Dog must not be broken by boarding the Dog with a trainer.
- Sociability (Other Pets): Akitas do not do well as backyard Dogs. Socializing the Akita puppy with as much exposure to friendly people as possible can help soften the edge of his wariness, though they will always be a dignified and sober presence rather than a party animal.
- Barking: An Akita doesn't usually bark without a good reason, but they are vocal when they do, making amusing grunts, moans, and mumbles. If there are many good reasons, an Akita can end up barking a lot.
The Akita’s known existence goes back to the 1600s, when the breed guarded Japanese royalty and was used for hunting. This makes them suitable for chasing and guarding activities.
They are a fearless and loyal guardian of their family and do not back down from challenges, nor frighten easily. Despite that they are also an affectionate, respectful, and amusing Dog when properly trained and socialized.