An Akita comes from the ancient Japanese Spitz dog. The first record of them come around the 17th century showing pictures and descriptions that fit this breed.
They get their name from the city Akita from the island Honshu in Japan. Breed is known for holding items in their mouth and hunting large game for their owners.
A fearless large size dog that can be a physical deterrent and guard their territory fiercely. Strong family loyal and the ability to be an awesome family dog.
Hunting, wild boar game, and even protection against bears make up some of the quality work they have done over the centuries. Work ethic is something that describes the Akita personality and their owner must give them that outlet.
Elite members of society in Japan would be the owners of this dog for a long time in history. They were not known to be in poor or middle-class circles early in history.
Brought to America in early 1920’s and more came after World War II. People who fought in the war got exposure to this breed and brought them back to America in large amounts.
AKC shows the dog as being recognized in 1972. The late delay was a result of people having conflicts regarding the original standard and the new American standard that was bulkier.
Hellen Keller came to America with an Akita and is known to have the two first Akita’s in the country. Japanese and American Akita began to split in the 1900’s and the breed standard differs slightly.
The AKC gave recognition to the breed in 1955 but it wasn’t a member of the working group until the 1970’s. An Akita is known all around the world and has worldwide recognition.
- American Kennel Club (AKC)
- Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC)
- Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)
- Kennel Club United Kingdom (KC)
- New Zealand Kennel Club (NZKC)
- United Kennel Club (UKC)
American Kennel Club took the step to separate the American and Japanese Akita and that began the split. Although there are a few difference we will talk about it in the different type of Akita’s section.
Male Weight: 100-130 pounds
Female Weight: 70-99 pounds
Male Height: 26-28 inches
Female Height: 24-26 inches
Any dog under 23 inches is too small and will become disqualified.
Average litter size is 7 puppies.
It is not uncommon to have 10 plus puppies for one litter.
- They can have a mask or blaze.
Different Akita Types
American Akita – the existence of this style of Akita came after World War II. They tend to favor importing larger sizes of the breed and now the bigger version of the dog is now the American Akita.
Japanese Akita – Ichinoseki bloodline is smaller and is the preference of the Japanese. Because the dog comes from Japan the breed standard from the FCI recognizes the Japan breed standard for the dog.
The price of these dogs with papers are much less than you can expect to pay with other breeds. Prices range from $700 to $3,000 with papers that will show you the bloodline and quality of the puppy.
Without papers you can get a puppy for a few hundred but without the guarantee of quality. A dog that is not Akita can be in the bloodline. Without documentation it will be impossible to very difficult to tell at the time of purchase.
An Akita will shed at least twice a year. Owners should be aware of these circumstances and understand when it is taking place and what to do. If not, you can expect to have fur in your car, couch, in the vacuum or anywhere else the dog is at.
Makes sure you are outside when the shedding season happens during bathes and brushing sessions.
Brush – the coat often at least weekly and keep brushing it on a strict schedule. This breed will need a regular brushing to keep the coat healthy and in great condition.
Comb – outer coat breeds will need to get a comb at least a few times a week. Comb to the skin and keep the coat groomed.
Bathe – when you need to bathe the dog is up to you. There can be a twice a month schedule or you will experience a dirty dog that needs to get a session with water and soap. The choice is yours there is no rule of thumb.
Trim – nails need a good trimming and that can happen two different ways. You can cut them with nail clippers, or you can trim them down naturally with exercise consisting of walking and running.
Ears – can get an infection once it gets too much dirt inside without being clean. Create a schedule where you will clean the ears and keep them dirt free.
They can live for 10-15 years. That is a long time to own a dog especially on the upper end of the lifespan. Giving a decade upwards to a decade and a half is a very long time to own a dog.
Make sure you are ready to own the dog from puppy, adulthood, senior, and finally taking care of the dog after passing. If you have never had a dog, they’re until death it is a great experience and the dog stays with you forever.
Hip Dysplasia – the condition where the legs don’t fit into the hip socket properly. You will notice the dog isn’t willing to engage in physical activity. Getting the hip examination is an x-ray where they can look for anything abnormal in the hip area involving their bones and joints.
Bloat – very dangerous to all dog breeds but this dog has a history of getting this condition. Stomach expansion puts pressure on the other organs and veins in the stomach area. When the stomach expands it could be the end for your dog.
Eye Diseases – glaucoma, cataracts, and cherry eye can become an issue over time with your dog. Eye problems are common for all dog breeds but once they get into senior ages you will notice them starting to degrade.
Akita is a member of the working group. Working group consist of some of the hardest workers in human history. These dogs have shown the ability to work with humans and do tasks that humans can’t do on their own.
Hunting some animals that are too fast to track down, sledding materials providing transportation, or simply herding different animals are all things that you will see from all the breeds.
Far from lap dogs you will notice that they all need a job or will be falsely giving the reputation of being difficult to train.
Here are some of the dogs in the group
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Cane Corso
- Caucasian Shepherd Dog
- Doberman Pinscher
- Dogue de Bordeaux
- German Shepherd
- Giant Schnauzer
- Great Pyrenees
You will notice that they all have different types of abilities or specialties that one may or may not have but altogether that make an excellent working group of dogs.
The Akita will need a lot of exercise. People tend to forget how much exercise a dog will need over the course of their life. I like to ask clients what they see when they watch a dog or any animal documentary.
They always see these dogs walking or running all around the environment that they come from. Every single day you will see them engage in physical activity.
Humans must understand they not only does the dog need sufficient exercise we also need a lot of exercise in order to live a great life.
Here is what we recommend.
Morning: Hour run, walk, or treadmill
Evening hour run, walk, or treadmill
That is a tall order, but do you want the dog to behave or not? Running the dog in the morning is the perfect way to start the day.
You will hear or read complaints about how this dog isn’t good to be in the backyard and that’s nonsense. You need to exercise them and monitor their behavior, but that’s for any dog.
Whenever a dog tears up the backyard, we must ask why weren’t we watching them? You can’t watch he dogs all the time and that’s what the crate is for and only after exercise. Below is a great resource.
You need to Exercise, train commands, apply discipline, and socialize your dog
Exercise – is a primal activity and one of the most important things you can do to bond with a dog. Correct amounts of exercise will prove the best for behavior. You ever a homeless person walking a dog?
Well behaved with great body language consisting of ears back, tail relaxed, and mouth open because they travel together every dog.
Also, you will notice no pulling because of the amount of exercise the homeless man is giving the dog. Behavior changes when you give them exercise and this is the first portion of any solid training program from a dog trainer or dog owner.
Commands – is a very simple concept that we don’t spend too much time on. Several reasons for this approach. The dog will sit and still misbehave is the main reason. And once you understand the repetition aspect you will see instant changes.
A dog owner brand new with no experience can train a dog to sit, lay, or stay. Use life rewards to train the dog and have them do commands daily in addition to exercising once to twice per day.
Discipline – Similar to exercise is done without human interactions. The key is to study how dogs engage each other. Check out our article about correction to get an in depth look at how we approach it in a way that the dog can understand
Socialization – Socialize the Akita using our free resources below. You will learn a great deal of knowledge from them.
Is an Akita aggressive?
You should worry less about the dog and more about the owner. Failure to exercise and train a dog can lead to aggression. Dogs aren’t born aggressive, but they learn the behavior from irresponsible owners.
If you plan to exercise, teach commands, discipline, and socialize a dog from any breed it is hard to picture the dog becoming aggressive.
Once you fail to do any of the above just wait. They’ll’ be falsely blaming the dog for something the owner let happen.
Is an Akita a Good Pet?
This breed is a great pet, but it doesn’t require a great owner.
If you want a house pet you have found a great one that is prone to shedding, but no other complaints.
Wanting a dog to protect the house and this dog does it naturally.
Loyal to their owners and everyone living in the house.
Dog aggression should be low unless you failed to socialize and exercise the dog.
Breed is fantastic but having a terrible human can ruin the great dog qualities.