Akita Shepherd Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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OriginJapan flagJapan Germany flagGermany
Other Names
What other names does the Akita Shepherd have?
Shepkita
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed Akita and a German Shepherd mix

Akita Shepherd Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Akita Shepherd puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of an Akita Shepherd in the United States? How much money is an Akita Shepherd?

Where to buy an Akita Shepherd with a good pedigree?

$800-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Akita Shepherd, 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 Shepherd for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Akita Shepherd gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Akita Shepherd? How many Akita Shepherd are there in the world?
Average: The Akita Shepherd is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Akita Shepherd Size

Size
Is an Akita Shepherd small, medium or large dog?

How big do Akita Shepherd get?

What is the average size of an Akita Shepherd?

Large
Weight
How much does the Akita Shepherd weigh? How much should an Akita Shepherd weight? What is the normal weight of an Akita Shepherd? How much does a full-grown Akita Shepherd weight?
Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Akita Shepherd?
Male: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 kg)
Height
How tall is the Akita Shepherd? Akita Shepherd height:
Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Akita Shepherd?
Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Akita Shepherd Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Akita Shepherd have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FluffyDenseFuzzyWaterproofStraight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Akita Shepherd's coat?
RedFawnWhiteBlackBrownSilverTan
Grooming
How to groom the Akita Shepherd and how often? How often should I take my Akita Shepherd to the groomer?
Average: The Akita Shepherd requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Akita Shepherd, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Akita Shepherd dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Shepkita? Do Akita Shepherd dogs shed a lot?
Akita Shepherds 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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Akita Shepherd need a bath? How often should you give an Akita Shepherd a bath? Can I bathe my Akita Shepherd every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Akita Shepherd Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Akita Shepherd have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertDignifiedFriendlyResponsiveCourageousDocileIntelligentVigilantIndependentFaithfulWillingProtectiveObedientConfidentCuriousLoyalWatchful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Akita Shepherd? Is the Akita Shepherd breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Akita Shepherd's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Akita Shepherd is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Akita Shepherd dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train an Akita Shepherd?
Akita Shepherds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Akita Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Akita Shepherd sensitivity:
Sensitive: Akita Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.

This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Akita Shepherd a good family dog?
High: Akita Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered 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 Shepkita need? Akita Shepherd social needs:
Akita Shepherds 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.
Barking
Do Akita Shepherd dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Shepkita bark?
Low to Average: The Akita Shepherd rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Akita Shepherd good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Akita Shepherds 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 Shepherd dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Akita Shepherd dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Akita Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Akita Shepherd can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Akita Shepherd will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Akita Shepherd bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Shepkita? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Akita Shepherd? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Akita Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Akita Shepherd has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Akita Shepherd? How much bite force does an Akita Shepherd have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Akita Shepherd bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Akita Shepherd, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Akita Shepherd do?
Akita Shepherds have a higher than 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 Akita Shepherds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Akita Shepherd to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Akita Shepherd roam?
Akita Shepherds have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Akita Shepherd have high prey drive?
Akita Shepherds 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 Akita Shepherds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Akita Shepherd good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have an Akita Shepherd in an apartment?
Apartment-friendly dog the Akita Shepherd breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Akita Shepherds 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
How long can an Akita Shepherd be left alone? How long can you leave an Akita Shepherd 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.

Akita Shepherd Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Akita Shepherd temperament with other people:
Akita Shepherds are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Akita Shepherd dogs get along with other pets? Are Akita Shepherd dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Akita Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Akita Shepherd dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Akita Shepherd temperament with children:
Akita Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Akita Shepherd dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Akita Shepherd breed live with a cat?
Akita Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Akita Shepherd good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Akita Shepherd dogs get along with other dogs?
Akita Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Akita Shepherd breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Akita Shepherd breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Akita Shepherds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Akita Shepherds good office dogs? Do Akita Shepherds make good office friendly dogs? Can Akita Shepherds be office dogs?
No
Akita Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Akita Shepherd dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Shepkita temperament with senior people? Are Akita Shepherd dogs good for elderly owners?
Akita Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Akita Shepherd Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Akita Shepherd dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Akita Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Akita Shepherd breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Akita Shepherd breed? Most common health risks of Akita Shepherd:
BloatHip DysplasiaHypothyroidismProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Sebaceous AdenitisAllergiesBlindnessCancerCataractsCherry EyeChronic DiarrheaCruciate Ligament RuptureCushing's SyndromeDegenerative MyelopathyDemodectic MangeDiabetesDigestive ProblemsElbow DysplasiaEpilepsyExocrine Pancreatic InsufficiencyHeart DiseaseHemophilia AHemophilia BHypertrophic OsteodystrophyLens LuxationLupusMegaesophagusMyasthenia GravisNail Bed DiseaseOsteochondrosisPannusPanosteitisParalysisPerianal FistulaRetinal DysplasiaSeborrheaVitiligoVon Willebrand's DiseaseWobbler's Syndrome
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Akita Shepherd breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Akita Shepherd see the vet?
Rare
The Akita Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Akita Shepherd dogs live? How old can a Akita Shepherd be? What is the age limit of the Akita Shepherd? How many years can the oldest Akita Shepherd live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Akita Shepherd?

How long is the lifespan of an Akita Shepherd?

10-14 years
The average lifespan of Akita Shepherd: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Akita Shepherd breed hypoallergenic?
No
Akita Shepherds 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 Shepherd have? What is the activity level of the Akita Shepherd?
Akita Shepherds are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Akita Shepherd need? How much exercise do Akita Shepherd dogs require per day?

Do Akita Shepherd dogs need a lot of exercises?

Akita Shepherds 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 the Akita Shepherd breed need?
Akita Shepherds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Akita Shepherd need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Akita Shepherd breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Akita Shepherd? How much food should I feed my Akita Shepherd?
Recommended daily amount: 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Akita Shepherd risk for obesity:
Average: The Akita Shepherd has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks 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 Shepherd's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Akita Shepherd can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Akita Shepherd 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 Shepherd drool?
The Akita Shepherd is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Akita Shepherd As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Akita Shepherd be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Yes

This breed makes good 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 Shepherd breed is a good choice for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Akita Shepherd be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Akita Shepherd be an emotional support animal?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect 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 people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Akita Shepherd breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Akita Shepherd be a sniffer dog?

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work. 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 Shepherd breed is a good choice for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Akita Shepherd be a search and rescue dog?

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog. 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 Shepherd breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Akita Shepherd be a boat dog?

Not really

Akita Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Akita Shepherd 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 Shepherd is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Akita Shepherd dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Akita Shepherd Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is an Akita Shepherd pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Akita Shepherd breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Akita Shepherd: 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 female 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 female’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.

Litter Frequency

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 Shepherd have in a litter? How many puppies can the Akita Shepherd breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Akita Shepherd have? How many puppies can an Akita Shepherd give birth to?
3-12 puppies

Akita Shepherd Recognition

AKC Group
Is Akita Shepherd recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Akita Shepherd recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Akita Shepherd breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.International Designer Canine Registry

Akita Shepherd Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Akita Shepherd's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Akita Shepherds are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Akita Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Akita Shepherd breed.
  • Watchdog Ability: Akita Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Akita Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Akita Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Akita Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Akita Shepherds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Akita Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Akita Shepherds are heavy shedders.
  • Mouthiness: Akita Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Office Friendly: Akita Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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