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The Akita as we see it today was developed in America, and is often called the American Akita (not to be confused with the Japanese Akita Inu). They are the largest breed in the UK Utility group originating from Japan where they were developed for hunting for bear, deer and wild boar and, unfortunately, was also used in fighting competitions. Akitas are muscular, double-coated dogs of ancient Japanese lineage famous for their dignity, courage, and loyalty. In their native land, they are venerated as family protectors and symbols of good health, happiness, and long life. The Akita is happy to be an only dog, and can be aggressive toward other dogs not in his family group. Properly socialised, an Akita can learn to tolerate other animals, but will most likely try to keep his status as top dog at any cost. Even though the Akita is a large, hardy breed, they have been bred for centuries as a companion in the home. The loyalty and devotion they display is well loved among Akita owners. Typically the Akita will follow you from room to room in your home, as if its only purpose in life is to protect you and keep you company. While Akitas adapt well to family life, they are also very large and therefore would do best with experienced owners. Akitas will gladly share their silly, affectionate side with family and friends. They thrive on human companionship and they need an active household willing to take them everywhere on adventures because they get so attached to their families!

Read about the history of Akitas – HERE


Most of these stats are from the UK Kennel Club. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.

Group – UKUtility
Bred ForHunting/Guarding
Rare BreedNo
Country of OriginJapan/USA
TemperamentLoyal, Brave, Alert
Exercise NeededMore than 2 hours daily
Size of Home NeededLarge
Height at Withers – Females61-66 cm / 24-26 in
Height at Withers – Males66-71 cm / 26-28 in
GroomingOnce a week
CoatShort, course, double coat
ColourVarious – See Photos
Life Span10 – 13 years
  • Akita dog was initially created to guard and protect Shoguns of noble houses in Japan and to track and hunt fowl, wild boars, black bears and deer. It hunts silently, using the same stalking techniques as tiger.
  • Akita dog growls, groans, grunts and produces mumbling noise which all together sound like it is trying to tell something. It rarely barks.
  • Around the 17th century, the Akita was a status symbol. Breed ownership was restricted to the Japanese aristocracy. The animals led lavish lifestyles with elaborate feeding rituals and fancy collars, and special leashes denoted the owner’s rank and stature on the Japanese social ladder.
  • Their heavy double coats keep them warm, while their webbed paws help them walk on snow.
  • Often the Japanese will gift a small Akita-shaped statue to friends and family as a “Get Well Soon” token, or if someone has just had a baby. The statue is considered a way to tell loved ones that you wish them good health in the future.


Breed standard varies throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Akitas.


Click on a picture below to view it larger and in a slideshow, it’s world it! 😃


Enjoy this video about Akitas, you can view the entire playlist of videos about this breed on our YouTube Channel by clicking the button below:


Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Akita breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

Thanks for reading!

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