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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 to adopt 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

Recognized By:

America’s Pet Registry, Inc.
Akita Club of America
Federation Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.


The Akita Inu has remained relatively unchanged for centuries. This ancient breed was originally developed in Japan’s Akita region, specifically in 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 breeds which are officially designated as a Japanese Natural Monument. The Japanese people love this breed so much that they consider it as 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 make 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 dog fighting. The Akita Inu today is excellent police dogs and family guardians.


This breed needs a large yard for sufficient exercise sessions. It can adapt to an apartment 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 needs 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 are prone to several health problems. From the usual canine hip dysplasia, to skin and eye problems, joint ailments and diseases that attacks the immune system.


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