Akita Dogs 101: A Guide to the Majestic Akita Breed Who Brought This Breed to the US?

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Is the Akita good for you?

  • 1 Akita dogs sometimes do not get along with other dogs, animals, or children and therefore should be supervised.
  • 2 This territorial breed is known for their alertness and courage and is very wary of strangers.
  • 3 Akitas require a lot of training time in order to be the best household pet.


Originating in the 1600s, the Akita is amongst the oldest breeds of Japan. Noblemen of the Akita region, of the island of Honshu developed this breed of dog. Centuries ago, only Shoguns used to own this breed of dog, and used them as an Imperial guard dog. In 1931, Akita was designated as part of the national heritage by the Japanese government. Fun fact - the Akita was introduced to the USA by Helen Keller.

Quick Facts

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    Large, Extra Large

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    10 and 12 years

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    Hair Length


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    Male Height

    26-28 inches (66-71 cm)

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    Male Weight

    75-120 pounds (34-54 kg)

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    Female Height

    24-26 inches (61-66 cm)

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    Female Weight

    75-110 pounds (34-50 kg)

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    Litter Size

    3 to 12 puppies with the average being 7 or 8


The Akita is renowned for their affection, alertness and courage, but does not get along with other dogs and animals. With an Akita, supervision is always necessary when in close proximity to other household pets or with children, as this breed of dog will not take pokes and prods calmly. Give firm and adequate training to make them a suitable household pet. Also, the Akita is unfriendly towards strangers, as they have a strong sense of territory..


The Japanese Akita has only four different colors and they are brindle, white, sesame (i.e. hair that is red and has black tips), and red fawn.

Health Concerns

Akitas are prone to health problems like:


The Akita is packed with incredible strength and endurance. This breed of dog features a heavy, broad head, a short muzzle, deep chest, and level back with a very curled tail. Akitas also have webbed feet and a waterproof outer coat, making them great swimmers. They also have a thick, soft undercoat. Usually, the Akitaโ€™s coat comes in red, pure white, sesame and brindle colors.

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