meet theAkita

theHistory

Training &Temperament

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.

  • Children

    Yes

    91% agree

  • Other Pets

    Yes

    70%agree

  • Training

    Yes

    92% agree

  • Time Alone

    Yes

    60% agree

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.

Colors

Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Brown Brindle 065
Brown, Black Overlay 421
Fawn 082
Fawn, Black Overlay 423
Red 140
Red, Black Overlay 422
Silver, Black Overlay 424
White 199
Black Brindle 279
Black, Brown Undercoat 425
Black, Fawn Undercoat 428
Black, Red Undercoat 426
Black, Silver Undercoat 427
Brown 061
Fawn Brindle 088
Red Brindle 148
Silver 176
Silver Brindle 303
White, Red Shading 429

Markings

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
Black Mask 004
Pinto 018
White Markings 014
White Mask 015