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Also Known As
Angel in Fur, Silent Hunter, Mr. Loyalty
Area of Origin
Breed Birthday
15th Century
Breed Type
Personality Traits
Dignified, Profoundly Loyal, Courageous
Related Breeds
St. Bernard, Alaskan Malamute, Leonberger, Tibetan Mastiff, Great Pyrenees
Best Breeds For
A one-dog family that’s got a lot of experience—their prey drive is so strong that some Akitas will chase the other pets in the family.
They’re super smart and respond best to respectful training from a trainer who isn’t too timid. They’ll respond better to training from their owner than an outsider.
They’re adaptable dogs who can easily live the apartment life as long as they get a good walk in every day.

Breed Popularity

Alaskan Malamute
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History of Akita


There's archaeological evidence that dogs similar to the Akita existed in Japan thousands of years ago. They served as guard dogs in Feudal Japan and were sometimes used to hunt wild boar, black bear, and deer. In the 1800s, European traders brought Akitas to Europe and in 1937, Helen Keller brought the first Akita to the United States—her pup Kamikaze-Bo, who she called an “angel in fur.” The breed became even more popular in the U.S. after WWII, when many American servicemen who fell in love with the breed during the war brought an Akita home with them.
When Akitas arrived in the U.S. the breed split into two distinct types—the American Akita is about 30 pounds heavier and has a broader head and triangular eyes. The smaller Japanese Akita has a more fox-like head and almond-shaped eyes. American Akitas can be any color and many have a black mask; Japanese Akitas only come in red, white, and brindle.
Facts about Akita

Good To Know

Akitas don’t bark unless there’s a good reason, but they are quite talkative. When they’re with their families they’re known to grunt and mumble under their breath as though they’re talking to themselves. Around strangers or new visitors, though, they’re particularly quiet.
Akita health and care

Health & Care

Height: 24” to 26” at the shoulder
Weight: 70 to 130 pounds
Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
Akitas are a generally healthy breed, but they’re susceptible to hip and eye disease as well as bloat issues like gastric dilation volvulus (GDV). GDV requires vet care within the first 24-hours, so every Akita owner should be familiar with the symptoms and get their pup in right away.
Akita personality


Akitas are like canine tigers–they’re fearless, they groom themselves like cats, and when they stalk their prey, they silently creep along with their bodies low to the ground and their gaze focused. Akitas are also fiercely loyal to their families. In fact, they’re known for following their owners from room to room around the house and never letting their owners out of sight. An Akita in Japan named Hachikō, whose owner had died unexpectedly one day while he was away at work, once walked himself to the train station every day for ten years to wait for his owner to finally come home on the afternoon train.

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