Akita Inu

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Akita Inu History

The Akita Inu is a medium to large-sized spitz-type Japanese workingdog. In Japan, the Akita Inu is known as the “Akita Ken”, which translates to “Akita Dog”. The origins of the Japanese Spitz are unknown, but the Akita Inu is likely descended from ancient Asian and Korean spitz-type dogs that were brought into Japan by the Jomon people, who began farming rice in the 12th century. The popularity of the Inu increased during the Edo period (1603–1868), and the dogs were used by samurai for pest control and herding. In 1931, the Inu was added into the list of native Japanese breeds. The Inu was classified as “war potential” by the Empire of Japan during World War II. After the war, the Inu was briefly regarded as a national animal, but its popularity waned as the mechanisation of agriculture reduced the need for working dogs.

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Akita Inu Physical Characteristics

The Akita Inu is a small, medium- to giant-sized breed that typically stands between 15 and 24 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 50 and 80 pounds. They have a long, muscular body with a thick, fluffy, double coat that is white, red, or all-black. They have a pointed, wedge-shaped head with erect ears. The eyes of the Akita Inu are almond shaped and dark brown in color. The jaws are powerful and straight. The nose is broad, deep, and black. The teeth are large and tightly overlapping. They have a strong, wide, and deep chest. The legs are long and straight. The feet are cat-like. The tail is thick and tapering, and is carried in a sickle or curved position. The tail is docked to two inches in length, but it may sometimes be left long. The Akita Inus are very intelligent, alert, and protective.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 26 – 28 inches

Female Height Range: 24 – 26 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 100 – 130 lbs

Female Weight Range: 70 – 100 lbs

Akita Inu Health

Description of breed health.


10-12 yrs

Akita Inu Health Concerns

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Autoimmune Thyroiditis, Elbow Dysplasia, Pemphigus, Sebaceous Adenitis

Akita Inu Temperament and Behaviour

The Akita Inu is a fearless and loyal dog breed that is perfect for families who are looking for a loyal and protective companion. Akitas are known for their independent and aloof nature, and they are not the type of dog that will seek out attention or affection from their owners. However, once they form a bond with their family, they are incredibly loyal and will do anything to protect them. Akitas are also known for their high energy levels and their need for plenty of exercise. They are intelligent dogs that are easy to train, but they can also be stubborn and headstrong.

Akita Inu Activity Requirements

The Akita Inu originated in Japan, where they were bred as hunting dogs and guard dogs. They are strong, independent, and powerful, making them well-suited for their duties. The Akita Inus are medium-energy dogs, which means they will need about an hour of regular exercise each day. While they don’t need as much physical or mental activity as some other breeds, they should still be given the opportunity to work off some energy. If you have an active home where the dog can burn off some excess energy, an Akita Inu may be the perfect companion for you. They like to be with their families, especially children, but they get along well with other dogs, too.

Miles Per Day

8 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Akita Inu is part of the Working group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Akita Inu is part of the Utility group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Akita Inu is part of the Utility group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Akita Inu is part of the Working Dog group.

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