• The Akita is 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 famous deaf, blind author and political activist (who considered the breed to be “gentle, companionable and trusty”), Helen Keller, is credited with bringing the first Akita into the United States in 1937.