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Akita Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Akita so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Akita have? The dog breed also known as...
Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita, American Akita
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group
Is Akita recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Akita recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Akita breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.North American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Continental Kennel ClubNational Kennel Club
How much does the Akita puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Akita price:
If you choose to purchase the Akita, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Akita for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Akita gets to a happy place.

Akita History

Akita is an ancient Japanese, originating from the island of Honshu in Japan. The dog was bred for hunt bigger wild animals such as bear, moose and wild boar. They allegedly fought alongside the samurai. The Japanese government declared the breed as a national treasure in 1931.

In the United States, thanks to Helen Keller, the breed became known. Helen Keller met with Akita in Japan in 1937 and brought a puppy to the States.

Unfortunately, in the Second World War, many Akita were killed because of the fine hair, but the breed survived and was popular among US soldiers who brought more puppies to the states. Nowadays Akita is used as a guard or police dog.

Interesting: The most famous Akita is a Japanese named Hachiko, who is respected in the country. Hachi escorted its owner, every day to the train station and went every afternoon and went home together. One time his owner did not come by train, he died, but he waited and waited patiently. He spent the rest of his life at the train station, hoping to return once to his master. It also made a film about Hachi's life with the starring role of Richard Gere.


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Akita General Appearance

What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Akita size:
How much does the Akita weigh? Akita weight:
Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Akita? Akita average weight:
Male: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 kg)
How tall is the Akita? Akita height:
Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Akita average height:
Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Akita Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Akita have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Akita's coat?
How to groom the Akita and how often?
Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Akita is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Akita dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Great Japanese Dog? Akita shedding level:
Akitas are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Akita Characteristics

What kind of personality does the Akita have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Akita? Are they intelligent?
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Are Akita dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Akitas are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful is this breed?
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Akita sensitivity:
Akitas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Akitas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Great Japanese Dog need? Akita social needs:
Akitas need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Do Akita dogs bark a lot? Why does my Japanese Akita bark?
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Akita good as a watchdog?
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Akita dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Do Akita dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Akita can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Akita will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Akita bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Great Japanese Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Akita? Why do dog bites happen?
The Akita has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Akita do?
Akitas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Akitas need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Akita to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Akita roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Akita is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Akita have high prey drive?
Akitas have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Akitas are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Akita good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Akita dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Akita Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Akita dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Akita and children:
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Akita dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Akita good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Akita dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Akitas good office dogs? Do Akitas make good office friendly dogs? Can Akitas be office dogs?
Akita is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Akita dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Great Japanese Dog temperament with senior people? Are Akita dogs good for elderly owners?
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Akita dogs get along with other pets? Are Akita dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Akitas are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Akita breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Akitas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Akita be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Akita is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Akita be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Akita is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Akita be a 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. Akita is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Akita be a search and rescue dog?
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. The Akita is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Akita be a boat dog?
Not really
Akita breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Akita be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Akita is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Akita Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Akita dogs have health problems?
The Akita is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Akita breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Akita breed? Health risks of Akita:
BloatHip DysplasiaHypothyroidismProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Sebaceous Adenitis
Life Expectancy
How long do Akita dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Akita be?
10-14 years
Is the Akita breed hypoallergenic?
Akitas don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Akita have?
Akitas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Akita dogs require per day?
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Akitas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Akita need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
Recommended daily amount: 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Akita risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Akita's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Akita's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Akita can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Akita has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Akita drool?
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. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the Akita. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Akita Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Akita: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Akita have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Akita have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-12 puppies

Akita Pros & Cons

  • Trainability: Akitas are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Hypoallergenic: Akitas don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Akitas are heavy shedders.
  • 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.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Akita is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Office Friendly: Akita is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Akitas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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Akita Comments, Reviews & Questions

  • Jean Dillman

    Sep 16, 2021, 7:31:53 PM:

    Best well train dog I ever own or known

  • Loren Shinsato

    Aug 24, 2021, 3:38:08 AM:

    Akita’s are not heavy droolers as this suggests. They are not droolers at all. Maybe messy water drinkers but that’s it.

  • Ryan

    Jun 13, 2021, 11:19:58 PM:

    This is all facts, BTW the guys who said akitas don't drool is a fool, mine does it all the time. Your akita just doesn't like the food you give it

  • Adam

    Mar 21, 2021, 12:04:59 AM:

    All is true except Akita do not drool at all, even when dishing their food up the drool is minimal and it’s more like clear patches of spit on the floor, seriously I don’t know where you heard that they drool but this is wrong

  • Paige

    Dec 5, 2020, 11:52:29 PM:

  • Gareth

    Apr 23, 2020, 11:36:00 AM: