Large, alert, courageous, versatile, loyal and dignified are just some of the characteristics of the Akita. Once their companionship was restricted to only the Japanese Imperial family and ruling aristocrats. The Akita is one of the oldest of today’s modern breeds. Developed in the early 17th century they were regarded as family pets, protectors and hunters.
The Akita is a wonderful and magnificent creature. As it is a symbol of good health in Japan and is also designated s one of their national monuments. Akitas are extremely intelligent animals. They are very loyal and bond to their people closely. They are excellent watch dogs. They are large, heavy boned, double coated dogs. The Akita is known for it’s “never give-in” attitude. And it is for these reasons Akitas may not be for everyone. Before ever deciding to adopt an Akita, or any other breed for that matter, please take the time to research and know the breed. Not every family and breed of dog makes a good fit. An unhappy owner leads to an unhappy pet which can lead to unhappy home. Please keep an open mind when reading the following when considering sharing a life with this strong, in body and mind, breed.
Akitas are large and powerful. As most dogs, they enjoy chewing especially when bored or when they have energy to burn. But instead of the table leg, it maybe the entire table!!! So properly attending to your Akita with daily exercise and proper toys is a MUST!!
Akitas are natural protectors of their family and property. They have a high prey drive and are inherently reactive towards other animals. For these reasons you should never boundary train your Akita or leave them tied outside unattended. Some Akitas have been able to live harmoniously with other household pets. But the pets in their home are not the same as the neighborhood pets outside their home. As for the breed it’s known they have a high rate of same sex aggression.
Akitas being the take charge creature they are also need firm, consistent and compassionate leadership. This is a dog the owner needs to train, not shipped off to someone else. For your Akitas respect follows the one taking the lead.
Akitas are also renowned escape artist!! A three foot fence is merely a speed bump in their eyes.
They have thick double coats. Akitas tend to do better in cooler climates. In the summer months a cool area for an Akita to reside in is a must. And with that thick coat comes one of the traits they are well known for, heavy shedding! Akitas require weekly grooming. During the Fall and Spring your floors may require a daily cleaning as they blow their coats.
Akitas are not a breed for the first time dog owner or faint of heart. Please take in the information provide and the research you’ve conducted in strong consideration when considering adopting an Akita!
Akita Breed Standard
General Appearance. Large, powerful, alert, with much substance and heavy bone. The broad head, forming a blunt triangle, with deep muzzle, small eyes and erect ears carried forward in line with back of neck, is characteristic of the breed. The large, curled tail, balancing the broad head, is also characteristic of the breed.
Head. Massive but in balance with body; free of wrinkle when at ease. Skull flat between ears and broad; jaws broad and powerful with minimal dewlap. Head forms a blunt triangle when viewed from above. Muzzle--Broad and full. A shallow furrow extends well up forehead. Ears--The ears of the Akita are characteristic of the breed. They are strongly erect and small in relation to rest of head. If ear is folded forward for measuring length, tip will touch upper eye rim. Ears are triangular, slightly rounded at tip, wide at base, set wide on head but not too low, and carried slightly forward over eyes in line with back of neck Eyes--Dark brown, small, deep-set and triangular in shape.
Neck and Body. Neck--Thick and muscular; comparatively short, widening gradually toward shoulders. A pronounced crest blends in with base of skull. Body--Longer than high, as to 10 is to 9 in males; 11 to 9 in bitches. Chest wide and deep; reaching down to the elbow, the depth of the body at the elbow equals half the height of the dog at the withers. Ribs well sprung, brisket well developed. Level back with firmly-muscled loin and moderate tuck-up.
Tail. Large and full, set high and carried over back or against flank in a three-quarter, full, or double curl, always dipping to or below level of back. Root large and strong. Tail bone reaches hock when let down. Hair coarse, straight and full.
Forequarters and Hindquarters. Shoulders strong and powerful with moderate layback. Forelegs heavy-boned and straight as viewed from front. Hindquarters--Width, muscular development and bone comparable to forequarters. Upper thighs well developed. Stifle moderately bent and hocks well let down, turning neither in nor out. Feet--Cat feet, well knuckled up with thick pads.
Coat. Double-coated. Undercoat thick, soft, dense and shorter than outer coat. Outer coat straight, harsh and standing somewhat off body.
Gait. Brisk and powerful with strides of moderate length. Back remains strong, firm and level. Rear legs move in line with front legs.
Size. Males 26 to 28 inches at the withers; bitches 24 to 26 inches.
Temperament. Alert and responsive, dignified and courageous. Akitas may be intolerant of other dogs, particularly of the same sex.