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Males 26 – 28 in (66 – 71 cms) Females 24 – 26 in (61 – 66 cms)
Males 45 – 59 kgs (100 – 130 lbs) Females 32 – 45 kgs (70 – 100 lbs)
The Akita is a highly intelligent, courageous and fearless dog that can become aggressive especially around other dogs if not socialized properly as pups. They are also highly independent and require experienced handling although they are one of the most loyal breeds around if treated with a gently yet firm hand.
All colors are accepted including the pinto for the American Akita while the Japanese Akita is accepted only in pure white, brindle, sesame, red or fawn.
Although not bred as a hound and classified as a working dog the Akita is descended from the ancient Matagi dogs that were used for hunting large prey including the Asian Black Bear. They are therefore large boned and very powerful showing a number of classic hound traits. They do not make good pets in enclosed spaces like flats and require a lot of exercise, getting irritable and aggressive if confined for long durations. It is also recommended that they be on a leash when taken out for a walk because they are a little unpredictable in the presence of other dogs. The American and the Canadian Kennel Clubs recognize only one breed of the Akita while the Japanese and most other Kennel Clubs differentiate between the American Akita and the Japanese Akita called the Akita Inu. These breeds diverged from the same breed and it is usually only the coloring that differentiates them although there are some breeders who say that the American Akita is larger boned and solid while the Akita Inu is finer boned and more graceful in appearance.
We have Akita dog beds and Akita dog collars.