AKC Classification: Working
General Size: Large
Country of Origin: Japan
The Akita or Akita Inu is a breed of large Japanese dog, named for Akita Prefecture, where it is thought to have originated. “Inu” means “dog” in Japanese, although in practice this animal is nearly always referred as “Akita-ken,” another reading of the same kanji.
A fully grown male adult can be over three feet tall at the withers, although this is rare; more typically, the breed stands 24 to 28 inches (60 to 71 cm). On average, a full-grown male can reach 120 pounds (54 kg), a female 100 pounds. Akitas come in many different colours and patterns including white, brindle, black, fawn, and many combinations of these. It is one of the few breeds that the American Kennel Club recognises in all its coat color variations.
Although the AKC has put the Akita in the Working Group, historically, the Akita was used as a hound to run large game, such as bears, in the mountainous areas of Japan. Anyone who has had hounds will recognize that group’s very laid back, easygoing temperament in this breed.Despite their enormous size, they are excellent house dogs. They require only a moderate amount of exercise. Akitas are known to be very quiet dogs, only barking “when there is something to bark about”. When raised indoors with children, they can be excellent companions. Left unattended in the backyard, they tend to develop “personality” problems and become very destructive to the yard. They are highly pack oriented, thus, isolating them from the pack (i.e., the owner) causes them great stress.
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