powerful and alert, the Akita is a working breed that
originated in Japan. Dignified and courageous, the
Akita today is popular in the show ring and also
participates in performance and therapy work. The
breed's thick double coat can be any color including
white, brindle or pinto. An Akita trademark is the
plush tail that curls over his back.
are an independent breed, but most have a silly side
reserved only for those people they know, love and
trust. They do require being a part of a family, and
should never be a trophy relegated to the back yard.
Their exercise level is medium. They will be happy
with a good walk or jog, and are not an overly hyper
are generally quiet and not prone to nuisance barking.
Despite their quiet nature, they are natural guardians. They
do not need and should not have special watch dog training.
The Akita will instinctively guard your home, which is one
of the reasons they require extensive socialization. They
need to learn that not all strangers are threats.
is a breed that requires respect, from family, friends
and strangers; a hard concept for some people to
This does not mean that people should be afraid of an
Akita. This does mean they should treat them as the
beautiful, noble breed they are, giving them their
space and respect, not forcing themselves on the dog.