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Akita vs Shiba Inu vs West Siberian Laika – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Akita vs Shiba Inu vs West Siberian Laika" Compare Akita and Shiba Inu. Which is better: Akita or Shiba Inu or West Siberian Laika?
Name Akita Shiba Inu West Siberian Laika
OriginsJapan Japan Russia
Group Working Dogs Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank4745202
Reviews210
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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 Zapadno-Sibirskaïa Laïka
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. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
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 No set
Price $800-$1200 $800-$1000 $600-$800

General Appearance - Akita vs Shiba Inu vs West Siberian Laika

Size Large Medium Large 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) Male: 35-50 pounds (16-23 kg), Female: 30-45 pounds (14-20 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) Male: 42.5 pounds (19.5 kg), Female: 37.5 pounds (17 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) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 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) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Akita vs Shiba Inu vs West Siberian Laika

Coat Fluffy Dense Waterproof Straight Dense Soft
Colors Red Fawn White Black Brown Tan Red Cream Sesame Black Sable White Gray Salt Pepper Black
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 West Siberian Laika requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Akitas are heavy shedders.
Shiba Inus shed above average.
West Siberian Laikas shed moderately.

Characteristics - Akita vs Shiba Inu vs West Siberian Laika

Temperament Alert Dignified Friendly Responsive Courageous Docile Intelligent Vigilant Independent Faithful Willing Protective Alert Confident Fearless Going Charming Faithful Keen Aggressive Lively Territorial Balanced Protective
Intelligent Rank
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Shiba Inu's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: West Siberian Laika's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Akitas are easy to train.
Shiba Inus are easy to train.
West Siberian Laikas are easy to train.
Playfulness
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Shiba Inus, like any other dog breed, like playing.
West Siberian Laikas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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.
West Siberian Laikas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Akitas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shiba Inus are highly affectionate dogs.
West Siberian Laikas 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.
West Siberian Laikas need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Shiba Inu rarely barks.
Low to Average: The West Siberian Laika rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
Shiba Inus are good watchdogs.
West Siberian Laikas are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Shiba Inus are extremely protective guard dogs.
West Siberian Laikas are extremely protective guard dogs.
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 West Siberian Laika 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.
West Siberian Laikas 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.
West Siberian Laikas have average wanderlust potential.
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.
West Siberian Laikas 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.
West Siberian Laikas are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shiba Inus adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
West Siberian Laikas 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
West Siberian Laikas tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 West Siberian Laika

Stranger Friendly
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
West Siberian Laikas are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are average friendly dogs towards children.
West Siberian Laikas are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
Shiba Inus are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
West Siberian Laikas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Shiba Inus are average friendly towards other dogs.
West Siberian Laikas 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.
No
West Siberian Laika is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Shiba Inus are commonly okay with elderly people.
West Siberian Laikas 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.
West Siberian Laikas are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Akitas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Shiba Inus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
West Siberian Laikas 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
Shiba Inu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
West Siberian Laika 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 West Siberian Laika

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.
West Siberian Laikas tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
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 No set
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 12-15 years 14-16 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.
West Siberian Laikas have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise.
Shiba Inus have an average exercise need.
West Siberian Laikas have an average exercise need.
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.
West Siberian Laikas sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
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. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, 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 West Siberian Laika 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 West Siberian Laika 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 West Siberian Laika is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Akita vs Shiba Inu vs West Siberian Laika

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 6-10 puppies

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