Akita (Akita Inu, Japanese Akita)

This is a large and powerful breed, with much substance and heavy bone, and is slightly longer than tall. The Akitaís build reflects its original job of finding big game in deep snow and rugged terrain. This breedís double coat consists of a dense undercoat and straight, rough, outer coat standing off from the body, about 2 inches or less in length. Such a combination provides ample insulation from water and weather. The gait is brisk and powerful. The Akita is a versatile dog of large spitz type, able to perform as hiking companion and protector.

 

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Temperament

As befitting its spitz-like heritage, the Akita is bold, independent, stubborn, and tenacious. Demonstrative to their family, they are utterly devoted and will protect family members. This dog is reserved with strangers and can be assertive, so should be introduced carefully to new dogs and household pets. They can be domineering. Though not the breed for everyone, in the right hands the Akita is an excellent companion.

 

Upkeep

The Akita appreciates mental and physical exercise every day. They need the chance to run in a safe area or on leash for a long jog. Given ample exercise and training, this dog can be a quiet and well-mannered house dog. The coat needs brushing about once a week to remove dead hair, much more often when shedding. Akitas tend to be somewhat messy drinkers!