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Akita vs Korean Jindo vs Shiba Inu – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Akita vs Korean Jindo vs Shiba Inu" Compare Akita and Korean Jindo. Which is better: Akita or Korean Jindo or Shiba Inu?
Name Akita Korean Jindo Shiba Inu
OriginsJapan Korea Japan
Group Working Dogs Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank4742845
Reviews351
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Other Names Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita, American Akita Korean Jindo Dog, Chindo, Jindo, Jindo Gae, Jindogae, Jin Dog, Jindo Gu Brushwood Dog, Japanese Small-Size Dog, Japanese Shiba Inu, Shiba Ken, Shiba
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
No set American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Price $800-$1200 $300-$400 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Akita vs Korean Jindo vs Shiba Inu

Size Large Medium Medium
Weight Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg) Male: 35-50 pounds (16-23 kg), Female: 25-40 pounds (11-18 kg) Male: 18-25 pounds (8-11 kg), Female: 15-20 pounds (6.8-9 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 kg) Male: 42.5 pounds (19.5 kg), Female: 32.5 pounds (14.5 kg) Male: 21.5 pounds (9.5 kg), Female: 17.5 pounds (6.8.5 kg)
Height Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 18-25 inches (48-65 cm), Female: 16-22 inches (41-58 cm) Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 21.5 inches (56.5 cm), Female: 19 inches (49.5 cm) Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Akita vs Korean Jindo vs Shiba Inu

Coat Fluffy
Dense
Waterproof
Straight
Double
Dense
Dense
Colors Red
Fawn
White
Black
Brown
Gray
White
Black
Red Fawn
Black & Tan
Brindle
Tan
Red
Cream
Sesame
Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Korean Jindo doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Shiba Inu doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Akitas are heavy shedders.
Korean Jindos shed moderately.
Shiba Inus shed above average.

Characteristics - Akita vs Korean Jindo vs Shiba Inu

Temperament Alert
Dignified
Friendly
Responsive
Courageous
Docile
Intelligent
Vigilant
Independent
Faithful
Willing
Protective
Active
Brave
Intelligent
Bold
Faithful
Loyal
Alert
Confident
Fearless
Going
Charming
Faithful
Keen
Intelligent Rank
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Korean Jindo's has great intelligence.
Average: Shiba Inu's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Akitas are easy to train.
Korean Jindos aren't famous for their trainability.
Shiba Inus aren't famous for their trainability.
Playfulness
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Korean Jindo is a playful breed.
Shiba Inus, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Akitas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Korean Jindos don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Shiba Inus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Akitas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Korean Jindos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Shiba Inus are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Akitas need for social interaction is average.
Korean Jindos are kinda antisocial.
Shiba Inus need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
Low: The Korean Jindo barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Shiba Inu rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
Korean Jindos are good watchdogs.
Shiba Inus are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Korean Jindos are extremely protective guard dogs.
Shiba Inus are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Akita has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Korean Jindo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shiba Inu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Akitas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Korean Jindos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shiba Inus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Akita is strong enough to escape from home.
Korean Jindos have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Wanderlust potential of the Shiba Inu is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Akitas have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Korean Jindos have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Shiba Inus have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Korean Jindos are apartment-friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Korean Jindos adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Shiba Inus adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Korean Jindos handle alone time quite well.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Akita vs Korean Jindo vs Shiba Inu

Stranger Friendly
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Korean Jindos are average friendly towards strangers.
Shiba Inus are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
Korean Jindos are kid-friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
Korean Jindos are average friendly towards cats.
Shiba Inus are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Korean Jindos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Shiba Inus are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Akita is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Korean Jindo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shiba Inu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Korean Jindos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Shiba Inus are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Akitas are generally with other pets.
Korean Jindos are generally with other pets.
Shiba Inus usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Akitas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Korean Jindos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Shiba Inus are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Akita breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Korean Jindo breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shiba Inu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Akita vs Korean Jindo vs Shiba Inu

Health Issues
The Akita is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Korean Jindos tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
The Shiba Inu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Bloat
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Sebaceous Adenitis
No set Allergies
Cancer
Chylothorax
Epilepsy
Glaucoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Spinning
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Akitas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Korean Jindos have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Shiba Inus have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise.
Korean Jindos have an average exercise need.
Shiba Inus have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Akitas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Korean Jindos sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Shiba Inus are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Akita can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Korean Jindo can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Shiba Inu can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Akita has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Korean Jindo has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Shiba Inu has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Akita is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
The Korean Jindo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shiba Inu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Akita vs Korean Jindo vs Shiba Inu

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 3-12 puppies 4-8 puppies 2-4 puppies

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