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Akita

Personality:Dignified, courageous, and profoundly loyal to their humans

Coat & Grooming:The lush double coat requires consistent upkeep; Akitas drop their undercoat seasonally

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Not a hyper breed, but these big guys enjoy regular exercise

Originally: Japan

Nicknames: none

Size: Large

Meet the Akita

​Akitas are muscular, heavy-boned, spitz-type dogs of imposing stature. Standing 24 to 28 inches at the shoulder, Akitas have a dense coat that comes in several colors, including white. The head is broad and massive, and is balanced in the rear by a full, curled-over tail. The erect ears and dark, shining eyes contribute to an expression of alertness, a hallmark of the breed. Just a glance at a well-made Akita tells you this breed is no stranger to hard work.

What's Their Story?

​Akitas are an ancient breed developed in the Akita prefecture of northern Japan. At various times in their long history, Akitas were employed as big-game hunters and world-class protectors. The object of myth and tradition, Akitas have for centuries occupied a special place in Japanese culture. A famously loyal Akita named Hachiko is among Japan’s most cherished symbols. Akitas caught on in America after WWII, when returning GIs brought them back from the Pacific.

What are they Like?

​Akitas are quiet, fastidious dogs with a natural guarding instinct. Wary of strangers and often intolerant of other animals, Akitas will gladly share their silly, affectionate side with family and friends. They thrive on human companionship and are absolutely miserable when ignored. Though Akitas are independent thinkers, they train well if a firm but loving hand is applied beginning in puppyhood. Large, powerful dogs hardwired for protecting those they love, Akitas must be well socialized from birth with people and other dogs.

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