Akita Breed Profile


The largest of the Japanese Spitz-type breeds, the Akita, is a powerful, solid, well-proportioned and distinctive looking dog. Strong and muscular with a flat, heavy head and strong, short muzzle. The Akita is slightly longer than he is tall with a broad, deep chest and level back.


Pure white, red, sesame and brindle


The Akita is docile, but sometimes spontaneous. Careful and very affectionate with its family. Intelligent, courageous and fearless.


The Akita has a long history in Japan, and is considered to be one of the countries best Natural Treasures. They were companions and guards for the Shogun; the imperial leaders of the country. AkitaÆs were bred for guard duty, hunting, and herding. They are best known for their ability to take down the Yezo bear. The Akita first arrived in the US in 1937, as a gift to Helen Keller.

Care Level

Medium (Possible bone disorders at an early age)