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“Largest of the Japanese Spitz breeds, the Akita was originally bred to hunt large game such as bear, deer and wild boar. The breed dates back approximately 300 years and takes its name from the Prefecture of Akita in northern Japan. In 1931, the Japanese Ministry of Education proclaimed the Akita to be a natural monument and all necessary steps were taken to preserve the breed. Helen Keller brought the first Akita to North America in the 1930s after she was given the dog on a visit to Japan. However, it was returning servicemen who had been stationed in Japan who brought the breed back in numbers at the close of World War II.

The Akita’s history dates back nearly 400 years.In 1931 the breed was proclaimed a natural monument by the Japanese Ministry of Education. The government more recently took steps to preserve the breed which is now regarded as a National Treasure Temperament

The Breed is dignified and reserved, but courageous. Though friendly to people, the Akita may be aggressive toward other dogs. The breed barks infrequently.

Activity Level

Active and agile, this rugged and athletic dog requires lots of outdoor exercise.


A mature dog may reach 26 in (66 cm) or more at the shoulder. A powerfully built animal with a substantial frame, his weight should be in proportion to his size.

Large, powerful, alert and much substance and heavy bone. The broad head, forming a blunt triangle with deep muzzle.The Akita carries a straight, harsh outer coat that stands off somewhat from the body. Beneath this is a short, soft and dense undercoat.


Any colour is acceptable including white, brindle and pinto.


Not a problem. There are no special grooming requirements, but the dog will benefit from a very thorough, weekly brushing session.”

(Source-Canadian Kennel Club)
(Source-Canadian Kennel Club)