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Akita Inu – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 75 to 120 pounds
Height: 24 to 26 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Medium


For dog lovers who are considering adopting an Akita, you should know that there are two types of this breed. The two types are the Akita Inu, or commonly called the Japanese Akita and the American Akita. This particular Dog Breeds Guides article will talk about the Akita Inu.

A breed that is just oozing with dignity and confidence. That is the Akita Inu or Japanese Akita. Their handsome stance shows their dominant and dignified outlook, a trait that will lure you to this exquisite breed. This Japanese Spitz-type breed is a perfect house pet for several desirable reasons. They are very easy to housebreak and very clean indoors. This breed is also very quiet and seldom barks.

Official Name

Akita Inu


Date – 1600’s
Country – Japan
Family / Group – Spitz, Northern


The Akita Inu has remained relatively unchanged for centuries. This ancient breed was originally developed in Japan’s Akita region, specifically on the island of Honshu, as a fighting dog and a bear hunter. They also proved to be excellent sled dogs as well as guard dogs for both the Japanese police, military and civilians.

Considered as a national dog in Japan, the Akita Inu is one of the breeds that are officially designated as a Japanese Natural Monument. The Japanese people love this breed so much that they consider it sacred and a bringer of luck and good health.


Japanese Akitas are dogs that are powerful, dominant, alert and protective. They may have that calm and dignified stance, but their domineering instinct often makes it difficult to train them. The breed can be gentle companions and can adapt to family life, but these fierce hunters are not exactly the dog you’d cuddled on the sofa.

 Bred For

Originally bred for big game hunting and dogfighting. The Akita Inu today is an excellent police dog and family guardian.


This breed needs a large yard for sufficient exercise sessions. It can adapt to an apartment’s living environment, but they need regular outdoor activity to keep them content.


They are relatively high maintenance when it comes to grooming hours. Akita Inu dogs shed heavily and need significant grooming.


Train with a dominant and firm stature as this breed can and will dominate humans once they see weakness.


Like most ancient purebreds, the Japanese Akita is prone to several health problems. From the usual canine hip dysplasia to skin and eye problems, joint ailments and diseases that attack the immune system.


The Akita Inu needs sufficient daily outdoor activities, especially if they are living in apartment complexes.



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