Country of Origin: Japan Male Height (typical): 61-66 cm. (24-26 inches) Female Height (typical): 61-66 cm. (24-26 inches) Size: Medium – Large Male Weight (typical): 34-54 kg. (75-120 pounds) Female Weight (typical): 34-54 kg. (75-120 pounds) Exercise Required: Moderate and regular exercise Expected Life Span: 11 – 15 Years Best suited as: Guard Dog, Family Pet, Hunting Dog Other names: Japanese Akita, Great Japanese Dog, Akita Inu

Description – The Akita Inu is a larger dog with a very proud and powerful frame. It is one of the largest dogs in the Japanese Spitz breed and is considered one of the seven breeds designated as a national monument. The breed has a well-proportioned, muscular frame that gives it a very distinctive look. Its coat can range in color from white to brindle, red and even sesame. They can have an undercoat of a different color than their outer coat, which is waterproof to help keep them warm and dry.

Origin & History – This breed originated in Japan as a companion to hunters and families and has a very significant spiritual connection. In fact, many times when a child is born in Japan the family is given a small statue of an Akita Inu as a sign of health and good fortune. The breed was originally only available to families of noble lineage and was seen as a sign of royalty in days past. Over the years the Akita Inu has become very popular with families all over the world and as a loyal and loving pet. This breed was first introduced to the United States around 1935 and many servicemen brought these dogs back home with them at the end of World War II.

Temperament – The dog has a naturally passive temperament and can be domesticated if brought into the home at a young enough age. It is a fiercely loyal dog that will develop a pack mentality with the family and will protect them as its own. It can also bond well with other animals but care should be taken if new pets are brought into the home with an older Akita Inu until it finds its place in the pack. The dog is a very willing participant in both play and training and can be taught to respond to a wide variety of commands. The key is establishing yourself as the pack leader so the Akita Inu has someone to follow. An Akita Inu is fine around small children while supervised but should not be left unattended in their company for extended periods of time.

Exercise & Grooming – The breed sheds twice a year and its coat is naturally very clean. You should brush out the out coat a few times a week with a short bristled brush to remove loose and excess hair. Bathing is not needed and will actually remove the oils from the coat that help to protect the animal from the elements. This is a fairly active breed and will require a brisk walk a few times a week to stay healthy. Backyard play is also encouraged as it allows the dog to expend any extra energy and bond with the family.

Health Concerns – The Akita is a fairly healthy breed and will live a long life if properly cared for with the right diet and exercise. Due to its larger size it does occasionally suffer from certain conditions that plague larger dogs such as hip dysplasia. Because of its double coat it may also develop skin irritations or rashes in the warmer months that can be treated with a topical cream. There have also been a larger number of Thyroid problems with this breed than normal and these can be detected and treated during a normal checkup to help avoid bigger problems.

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