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.
They respond best to respectful commands and positive training techniques that rely on motivation rather than force. Akitas are not known to be an overly hyperactive breed, but they can both climb and dig, so a secure six foot fenced area is needed when confined outdoors. They need to be an integral part of their family’s household, not one that is mainly kept as an “outside dog.” An Akita’s exercise level is medium; therefore they will be happy with a good daily walk or jog. Most Akitas have powerful hunting instincts around other animals and should not run free. These big dogs are playful—downright silly at times—and love to romp. Above all else, they thrive on human companionship. Most will kennel and crate easily if trained as puppies. Proper containment of an Akita should be exercised at all times.
Did You Know?
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.
Helen Keller was given an Akita in 1937 (named Kamikaze-Bo – Kami for short), but the very first to be registered in the United States was Taro, a male brought into the country by a military officer. He lived with a family in Montana, but never produced a litter.
The most famous Akita of all time was named Hachiko, a dog that waited around for 9 years in a Japanese train station for his master (who had died unexpectedly) to come home from work. Richard Gere stars in Hollywood’s version of the story, “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale.”
The naturally protective Akita has a propensity to become aggressive if allowed, or if he isn't raised properly.Prolonged eye contact is considered a challenge by the Akita, and he may respond aggressively.
The Akita is aggressive with other dogs and is especially prone to same-sex aggression.
The “Inu” that is sometimes added to the name simply means “dog.”
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Brown, Black Overlay||421|
|Fawn, Black Overlay||423|
|Red, Black Overlay||422|
|Silver, Black Overlay||424|
|Black, Brown Undercoat||425|
|Black, Fawn Undercoat||428|
|Black, Red Undercoat||426|
|Black, Silver Undercoat||427|
|White, Red Shading||429|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black Mask, White Markings||005|
|Blk & White Mask White Markngs||105|
|Pinto, Black & White Mask||103|
|Pinto, Black Mask||079|
|White Mask, White Markings||104|