The only AKC Parent Club of Akitas in America, & the most comprehensive website for Akitas.

Welcome to the Akita Club of America

The Akita Club of America (ACA) was founded in 1960 as a non-profit organization. The official breed standard was completed and approved by the American Kennel Club (AKC) on April 4, 1973.

The main objectives of the ACA are the preservation and protection of the breed and improvement of the character and conformation of the Akitas as described in the official breed standard. The ACA hosts an Annual National Specialty Show and Annual Meeting, which rotates throughout the country. This is generally held in October each year. A major goal of the ACA is to provide educational information about the breed to club members, the general public, and to prospective judges.

When exhibited at shows, Akitas are judged in accordance with the AKC Akita Breed Standard which was developed by the ACA and approved by its members before submittal to the American Kennel Club. National breed clubs are the custodians of their breed standards and any changes to that standard must be formulated by the club and approved by the membership before they can take effect. In the United States and Canada, the Akita is a member of the Working Group.

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Find an Akita

What to look for & find a reputable breeder!

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ACA Mentorship Program

Need one-on-one advice?

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ACA Membership

All who love Akitas are welcome to apply!

Akita Traits & Characteristics

Life Expenctancy 10-14 Years
Weight 70-100 (females) 100-130 (males)
Height 24″-26″ (females) 26″-28″ (males)
Protective Nature 100
Energy Level 80
Trainability 75
Affectionate with Family 70
Good with Children 70
Barking 35
Dog Friendly 28
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As part of ACA membership benefit you will receive our full color magazine, ACA Updates. It covers all Akita topics from club news, performance training, to tips on grooming. Join Us!

ACA President’s Message
June 2024:

Several months ago, the Board had a discussion and agreed that requiring our roughly 400 members to sponsor over 300 trophies seemed excessive, and simply too much to ask of our membership. Consequently, we voted to reduce the number of trophies for the Pre-National only. We decided to keep all the main awards and wonderful large rosettes for the Pre National and remove only the class trophies. The National will stay as the main event of the week with trophies and beautiful rosettes. While we removed over 100 trophies requiring sponsorship, we still have many trophies needing to be sponsored. Thanks to everyone who has so generously

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Please click HERE to go to the ACAR donation page, and we thank you very much for your kindness.

ACA Rescue – We Have The Best Support Around

The Akita Club of America Rescue has existed as a fund-raising committee of the Akita Club of America for many years. In 2017, it reorganized as a separate not-for-profit organization, now known as ACAR. The IRS approved and designated ACAR as a 501(c)3 in September, 2017 and the organization began operations.

ACAR Mission Statement

ACAR’s mission is to generate and distribute financial and education assistance to hands-on ACA approved rescues.

  • We believe that rescue volunteers & all Akitas have inherent worth & deserve our help.

  • We believe that we have a responsibility to our communities & our breed to provide accurate, honest, educational materials about Akitas.

  • We believe integrity is the cornerstone of breed rescue

  • We believe treating people fairly, ethically, honestly & in a caring manner is vital to the success of this committee.

  • We believe in promoting ethical breeding practices & teaching responsible ownership.

  • We believe we are mandated to work together in planning, setting goals & standards, & fund raising to support the work of rescuing Akitas.