Large, 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.
Akitas 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 breed.
Akitas 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 guard 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.
This is a breed that requires respect, from family, friends and strangers; a hard concept for some people to grasp. 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.
Did You Know?
- The Akita is one of seven breeds designated as a national monument in his native country of Japan.
- At one time, Akita ownership was restricted to the Imperial family and the ruling aristocracy; caring & feeding of the Akita were detailed in elaborate ceremony and special leashes were used to denote the Akita’s rank and the standing of his owner.
- There is a spiritual significance attached to the Akita; when a child is born in Japan, the proud family will usually receive a small statue of an Akita signifying health, happiness, and a long life.
- The renowned Helen Keller is credited with bringing the first Akita into the United States in 1937.
- The breed will groom itself like a cat, but daily brushing is still necessary, as is daily exercise.
- Akitas like to be "pack leader," so obedience training is also necessary for a harmonious household.
- The Akita was first registered with the AKC in 1972.