The Akita breed started in Japan where it was regarded as a natural monument and highly regarded by aristocracy and nobility. This breed is extremely loyal and was used in hunting large game, retrieving waterfowl, and even as Imperial Guards. Today, they are faithful companions that are trained as guard dogs and therapy dogs.


Akitas require a well fenced in yard and are not suited for apartment living. They are moderately active but do require daily walks. Just remember to make sure they are securely leashed and away from other dogs. You should be aware that if this breed is left alone they can become very temperamental and destructive.


Akitas are prone to eye problems, lupus, hip dysplasia, and hypothyroidism. Their coat requires constant attention and should be brushed every day with a brush that has firm bristles. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary and should only be done with a mild shampoo to keep the natural oils. Trim the hair from the bottoms of the paws to preserve the webbed feet characteristic.


The Akita breed makes for great companions and is exceptionally alert and dominating. They have webbed paws, which makes them great swimmers with the dignity of a noble. They are quick to respond and powerful, which makes them great watchdogs.


The Akita has a double coat, which makes them a waterproof breed. The outer coat is straight and harsh while the undercoat is soft and dense. The hair on the tail is long while the hair on the ears, legs, and head is short. They will tend to shed twice a year and come in various colors.


Akitas are extremely proud dogs with a high intelligence. They are fearless and thrive on human companionship, but are weary of strangers. These dogs do not get along with other animals but can learn how to behave around well-mannered older children. They don't do well if left alone for long periods, and are only recommended for experienced handlers that are not submissive and placid.


This breed needs to realize who the master is or they will take charge. Because of this, you will need give them extensive training and socialization, but you cannot be heavy handed with them. They respond well to kindness, consistency, and firmness. They are exceptionally clean dogs and are easier to housetrain than some other breeds.