The Japanese dog breed Akita is a muscular dog breed that has a majestic appearance . Although the Akita belongs to the small dog breed of the top, it is a large-sized dog with a height of resistance up to 70cm.

Important to know

Even though the Akita is not a dog for everyone, experienced and patient dog lovers have found a friend for life in him. Through a strong and self-confident leadership, the Akita becomes a faithful companion dog for his master.

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Body & Appearance


Coat care
Suitable for children
This is the Akita


The physique of the Akita is not only large, but also strong . He has a broad forehead with a brow furrow . His characteristic triangular prick ears symbolize alertness and dignity, but also give the Akita a cute appearance.

The route tightly rolled on the back is also a characteristic feature for the Akita.

The eyes are brown and have black accentuated eyelid rims.

The fur of the Akita is rough and hard with a soft, dense undercoat. Its color is brindle or white, but also red, fawn and sesame.

However, it is important that the coat shows the characteristic ,,urachiro”. ,,Urachiro” is the name given to the whitish hair on the sides of the muzzle and cheeks, on the underside of the jaw, neck, chest, body and tail, and on the inside of the limbs.

Due to the nature of the coat Akita is protected from the wind and weather.

The Akita is a large, well-proportioned dog with a height of up to 70cm and a weight of up to 50 kg.


The Akita is a self-confident, but also calm dog, which is not submissive, but independent. His behavior towards strangers is mostly neutral to indifferent. He only attacks strangers when the family is in danger.

In addition, the Akita may exhibit aggressive behavior if it does not get enough exercise . In addition, the Akita should not be left alone with children, even if he basically gets along with them.

Due to his loyal nature, the Akita builds a strong bond with his caregivers. Here, the Akita one caregiver is quite enough and he does not need a whole flock of them. The Akita can also do without other conspecifics and likes to be the only animal in the house.

Even though this dog breed is considered quiet, it shows the inner hunting and protecting instinct especially outdoors. For this reason, you should have a lot of patience and skill, but also the necessary “know-how” for the education.


Your own experience with dogs and also the willingness to educate yourself is essential for keeping an Akita. He is therefore by no means a beginner dog. You must take care to educate and socialize the Akita at an early age. Also, you will not see submissive behavior from the Akita. He follows only commands in which he sees a sense. The Akita reacts to violent behavior with aggression and stubbornness. Therefore, despite the consistent and strict upbringing, you should not forget to remain friendly when keeping and raising them.

Also, when keeping them, you should always keep in mind that the Akita is a loner and is most comfortable in a quiet environment.

Because of his energy, the Akita needs daily exercise. If he does not want to move, you will quickly notice that, then he can not be convinced and you have to accept his decision.

In all activities, the motivation of the owner to convince the dog that obedience will benefit him is crucial.

Nutrition and care

Akitas usually have higher demands on their food than their peers. So it may take a while until you find the right food for your pet friend and that meets his gourmet palate.

When giving food, it is important that you give the Akita time to get used to the food. Frequent feed changes may cause diarrhea or constipation.

In addition, Akitas are prone to skin problems such as allergic rashes. Therefore, you should avoid food with pork and food with a high soy content. Game, lamb, beef or ostrich are recommended. Either as dry food or wet food . Dry food should always be fed with enough water.

In terms of food ration, two meals a day are optimal for the Akita to maintain its ideal weight

The Akita’s hard and short coat requires little grooming due to its self-cleaning mechanism. Brushing out once a week is usually enough. Only during the coat change in spring and autumn the Akita needs more brushing units. In this phase, daily and thorough brushing is essential.


The Akita’s full name is ,,Akita Inu” and it is an old dog breed from Japan. The name ,,Akita” stands for the Japanese province, while ,,Inu” means dog.

The history of Akita dates back to 2000 BC, which is confirmed by depictions on clay vessels and bronze bells from that time.

Originally Akita were hunting dogs, later they were also kept as guard and cargo dogs. With the enthusiasm for dog fighting, in the 19th century the Akita was often paired with other strong breeds. Since 1931, the breed is officially a natural monument of Japan and until 1945 the export from Japan was even forbidden.

Due to the confiscation of the dog breed as a source of fur and meat during the Second World War, the breed almost died out. After the end of the war there were two different races. By crossing the remaining Akitas with Japanese sled dogs, the Japanese tried to regain the original appearance of the dogs. This crossbreeding gave rise to the smaller, often reddish or sand-colored dogs. The slender and larger dogs, which originated from the crossing with German shepherds, were moved to the USA and since then they have been a separate breed called “American Akita”.

Since 1999 both breeds are recognized.


Even though the Akita is not a dog for everyone, experienced and patient dog lovers have found a friend for life in him. Through a strong and self-confident leadership, the Akita becomes a faithful companion dog for his master.