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Akita vs Shiba Inu vs Finnish Spitz – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Akita vs Shiba Inu vs Finnish Spitz" Compare Akita and Shiba Inu. Which is better: Akita or Shiba Inu or Finnish Spitz?
Name Akita Shiba Inu Finnish Spitz
OriginsJapan Japan Finland
Group Working Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank4745177
Reviews310
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Other Names Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita, American Akita Brushwood Dog, Japanese Small-Size Dog, Japanese Shiba Inu, Shiba Ken, Shiba Barking Bird Dog, Finnish Hunting Dog, Finnish Spets, Finsk Spets, Loulou Finois, Suomalainen Pystykorva, Suomenpystykorva
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 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. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Hunting Dogs 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
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
American Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Price $800-$1200 $800-$1000 $500-$700

General Appearance - Akita vs Shiba Inu vs Finnish Spitz

Size Large Medium Medium
Weight Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg) Male: 18-25 pounds (8-11 kg), Female: 15-20 pounds (6.8-9 kg) 31-35 pounds (14-16 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 kg) Male: 21.5 pounds (9.5 kg), Female: 17.5 pounds (6.8.5 kg) 33 pounds (15 kg)
Height Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm) 15-20 inches (38-51 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm) 17.5 inches (44.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Akita vs Shiba Inu vs Finnish Spitz

Coat Fluffy
Dense
Waterproof
Straight
Dense Dense
Thick
Double
Colors Red
Fawn
White
Black
Brown
Tan
Red
Cream
Sesame
Black
Red
Gold
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Shiba Inu doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Finnish Spitz requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Akitas are heavy shedders.
Shiba Inus shed above average.
Finnish Spitzs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Akita vs Shiba Inu vs Finnish Spitz

Temperament Alert
Dignified
Friendly
Responsive
Courageous
Docile
Intelligent
Vigilant
Independent
Faithful
Willing
Protective
Alert
Confident
Fearless
Going
Charming
Faithful
Keen
Happy
Intelligent
Playful
Independent
Loyal
Vocal
Intelligent Rank
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Shiba Inu's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Finnish Spitz's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Akitas are easy to train.
Shiba Inus aren't famous for their trainability.
Finnish Spitzs are easy to train.
Playfulness
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Shiba Inus, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Finnish Spitz is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Akitas 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.
Finnish Spitzs 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.
Shiba Inus are highly affectionate dogs.
Finnish Spitzs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Akitas need for social interaction is average.
Shiba Inus need for social interaction is average.
Finnish Spitzs are a social breed.
Barking
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Shiba Inu rarely barks.
High: The Finnish Spitz is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
Shiba Inus are good watchdogs.
Finnish Spitzs are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Shiba Inus are extremely protective guard dogs.
Finnish Spitzs are average defenders.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Akita has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shiba Inu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Finnish Spitz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Akitas 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.
Finnish Spitzs have an 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.
Wanderlust potential of the Shiba Inu is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Finnish Spitz is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Akitas have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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.
Finnish Spitzs 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.
Shiba Inus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Finnish Spitzs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shiba Inus adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Finnish Spitzs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Finnish Spitzs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
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 Shiba Inu vs Finnish Spitz

Stranger Friendly
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Finnish Spitzs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are average friendly dogs towards children.
Finnish Spitzs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
Shiba Inus are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Finnish Spitzs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Shiba Inus are average friendly towards other dogs.
Finnish Spitzs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Akita is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shiba Inu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Finnish Spitz is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Shiba Inus are commonly okay with elderly people.
Finnish Spitzs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Akitas are generally with other pets.
Shiba Inus usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Finnish Spitzs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Akitas 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.
Yes
Finnish Spitzs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going 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
Shiba Inu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Finnish Spitz 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 Shiba Inu vs Finnish Spitz

Health Issues
The Akita is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Shiba Inu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Finnish Spitzs are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Bloat
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Sebaceous Adenitis
Allergies
Cancer
Chylothorax
Epilepsy
Glaucoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Spinning
Epilepsy
Eye Problems
Joint Problems
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.
Shiba Inus have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Finnish Spitzs are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise.
Shiba Inus have an average exercise need.
Finnish Spitzs need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Akitas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Shiba Inus are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Finnish Spitzs don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 2.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low to Average.
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 Shiba Inu can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Finnish Spitz can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Akita has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Shiba Inu has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Finnish Spitz 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 Shiba Inu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Finnish Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Akita vs Shiba Inu vs Finnish Spitz

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 2-4 puppies 3-6 puppies

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