Akita Pit

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Akita Pit History

The Akita is a Japanese Spitz-type spitzdog that was originally bred as a guard and hunting dog. The Akita became prominent in Japan after the defeat of the Shogunate and the establishment of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1603. As Japan closed its doors to foreigners, the Akita’s numbers dwindled. In 1875, the first Akita dogs arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area. The influx of Japanese immigrants led to the introduction of stray Japanese street dogs into California, and the descendants of those dogs are the ancestors of today’s American Akita.

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Akita Pit Physical Characteristics

The Akita Pit is a cross breed between the Japanese Spitz and the Pit Bull Terrier. The male of this hybrid breed generally grows to 26-30 inches and 85-100 lbs. The female reaches about 24-30 inches and 60-80 lbs. The Akita Pit has a stocky build and is muscular, with a short, thick, and shiny, short, and coarse fur that comes in colors of red, white, and brindle. The eyes of the Akita Pit are almond shaped, deep set, and brown to dark in color. The nose is large and black. The ears are small, triangular, and V-shaped. The tail is long and stumpy. The teeth of the Akita are very prominent, and similar to other dogs in the doberman group.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 16 – 22 inches

Female Height Range: 16 – 22 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 35 – 66 lbs

Female Weight Range: 30 – 59 lbs

Akita Pit Health

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10-12 yrs

Akita Pit Health Concerns

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hip Dysplasia, Heart Disease, Patellar Luxation, Elbow Dysplasia, Cataracts, Pemphigus, Sebaceous Adenitis, Bloat, Hypothyroidism

Akita Pit Temperament and Behaviour

The Akita Pit is a large, powerful, and assertive dog breed. They are confident and independent, and can be headstrong and stubborn at times. They are intelligent and eager to please, but can also be willful and strong-willed. They are protective of their family and home, and can be aggressive towards strangers or other animals if not properly socialized. Akita Pits are large, active dogs who need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, and can become destructive if bored or left alone for too long. They are generally good with children, but may be too rough for very young children. They are loyal and affectionate towards their family, but can be reserved or aloof with strangers.

Akita Pit Activity Requirements

Akitas were bred to hunt and guard. They are strong, agile, and territorial. While this makes an Akita a capable guard dog, it also makes them very protective of their family. Akitas tend to forget their size, so it is important to remain in control of your dog during play. This is particularly important during off-leash hikes, as the natural prey drive of an Akita can lead to dangerous situations. While an Akita can be an excellent watchdog, they are not always good with children. This is due in large part to their protective instincts, which can make children seem threatening to an Akita. While they can be stubborn and independent, this can also make them excellent companions. Their independence and intelligence make them easy to train, and they are extremely loyal and devoted to their families.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Akita Pit is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Akita Pit is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Akita Pit is part of the Unclassified group.

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