Height: 23.79 – 27.69 inches (61.0 – 71.0 cm)
Weight: 74.8 – 110.0 pounds (34.0 – 50.0 kg)
Breed history: This breed was created in the XVII-th century for hunting bears in the Akita region in the North-East of Japan. These dogs are considered the national symbol of Japan. They had many uses: for fetching, for company, for security. It’s one of the seven breeds proclaimed monuments of nature in Japan.
Description: It is a big sized dog, strong, harmonious, brawny with an imposing look, witch gives the impression of a great distinction, due to a perfect symmetry. The body is rather long than tall, but just a bit, with a prominent and wide chest. The head is shapely with the body, flat between the ears, prominent stop, strong and square jaws. The eyes are small deep in the eye sockets and dark brown in colour. The ears are small, triangular, round ended and upped. The tail is medium in length, bushy and carried on the back or laterally in a curl. The fur is double with a first coating thick, short, fluffy and an exterior coatingr made of straight, harsh, short hair. The colours are various: red, white, tigerish, greyish, black with stripes.
Personality: It is an intelligent dog, proud, pretty brave, submissive, well-ballanced, impervious, with a strong hunter’s instinct, it doesn’t bark too much, sometimes independent and even towering. Very devoted to the master, it is protectiv with the children and accepts them if they don’t tease it. They are cautious and sceptic towards the strangers. They need to be socialized since an early age with other dogs and other animals from the household for not becoming dominant at maturity (especially towards dogs from the same gender).
Grooming: The fur of this dog requires a brushing more often during the moulting period to remove the dead hair bristles. In the rest of the time, a casual brushing is enough.
Living Conditions: It is a dog that can resist at bad weather and feels good outdoors next to an owner with experience in raising dogs. It needs fenced space for not going on a hunt when it smells the prey, of muzzle when it goes out on the street for not attacking other dogs (if it has’t been socialized enough).
Training: The training of this dog must be done by a person with experience, confident and the training must be firm, consequent, varied for not getting the dog bored. It is an intelligent dog and beautiful results can be get. It needs to be socialized since an eraly age with children, with people, with other dogs and other animals. It has a medium level of activity and it likes to take long walks.
Usefulness: This breed became very known with the touching story of an Akita dog, named Hachiko which used to led its master daily to the trainstation and back. Unfortunatley the owner died at work, but the dog continued all its life to welcome that particular train, with the hope that one day from it will get out its master.