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ACA National Specialty

2019 National Specialty Details

September 2-7, 2019 - Westin, CO - RESERVATIONS OPEN!!

10600 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CO 80020

303-410-5000 Mention Akita Club of America room block

The room block is limited so please don’t book rooms you don’t need. Be considerate of others who might not get the $114.00 rate once we exceed our block!

Judge Selection Process in Word Format


Pre-National: Ms. Ruth Zimmerman
National Dogs & Bitches: Ms. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna
National Best of Breed: Ms. Paula Nykiel

2019 Logo Contest Terms & Conditions in Word Format

2019 Logo Contest Submission Form in Word Format

2020 National Specialty Details

October 11-17, 2020 - Pheasant Run, St. Charles, IL

About the ACA National Specialty

The first Akita Club of America's National Specialty show was in 1976 in Southern California with the San Fernando Valley Kennel Club's AKC licensed All-Breed show.

Akitas in all their glory are showcased at the Nationals competing in Conformation, Sweepstakes, Obedience, Rally, and Futurity/Maturity. The Top 20 dogs in conformation, go head-to-head to determine their Top 20 winner and most recently added the People's Choice Award.

Entries come from all over the United States as well as several foreign countries. The show is held in conjunction with the Akita Club of America Annual Meeting and includes educational programs, special events and festive activities, which take place throughout the week.

Along with our Annual National Specialty we have several Akita Clubs through out the United States that hold Regional Akita Specialties. Be sure to visit the Regional Specialty page for more information regarding these upcoming Regional Specialties.

The Akita Club of America encourages everyone to attend at least one National Specialty and/or a Regional Specialty where you will gain a wealth of information from it's club members, exhibitors, meet breeders, and most importantly see a great deal of beautiful Akitas... what more could you ask for!

Akita Club of America

The Akita Club of America is a member of the American Kennel Club and, as such, is the only National Akita Breed Club which is recognized and sanctioned by the AKC. The main objectives of the Akita Club of America are the preservation and protection of the breed and improvement of the character and conformation of the Akita as described in the official breed standard.

About the Akita

A natural monument in Japan, the Akita’s proud heritage includes hunting large game such as bear, elk, and boar. This powerful and dignified member of the Working Group is renowned for courage and loyalty, but may not be tolerant of other animals. His luxurious double coat can include any combination of vibrant colors. Aloof toward strangers, they form strong family bonds. Highly intelligent with keen sense of humor, the Akita responds best to respectful commands and training techniques that rely on motivation rather than force. Strong-willed and proud, Akitas are not receptive to abusive methods. Akitas originated in Japan many, many years ago, and have been designated a natural monument of Japan. They are a large, impressive breed with natural guarding instincts. While generally reserved with people they don’t know, Akitas are affectionate with their family. They tend to be independent, and while they will always know where you are in your home, they do not need constant attention as do some of the more dependent breeds. For more about this amazing breed, please spend some time here at our site. There’s a wonderful world to explore.