Also known as: Akita Ken, Akita Inu, American Akita, Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita
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General description

The Akita Inu is a peculiar breed by nature. This type of dog is not very suitable for apartment life without access to a courtyard or public park nearby, it doesn't enjoy being alone and it is not suitable to an inexperienced owner. A breed that has a great tolerance for cold temperatures and suffers in extremely hot weather. The Akita Inu will be loyal for its entire life and quite interested in the interaction with children. This breed is not very friendly towards other dogs, especially if are of the same gender. Akitas will generally be healthy and require daily exercise. As it regards the expenses, be mindful of the Akita's coat!

Akita in short

Aspect and attributes

Characteristics accepts by FCI:

  • Colors: red, fawn, sesame, white
  • Hair: straight, wiry, short, long
  • Coats: brindled

The features of the Akita breed are those of a fairly robust dog. A ratio that is quite obvious and typically displays in the size of the torso which develops a muscularity more pronounced in female Akitas rather than males. The difference between the American and Japanese Akita is found in the size where the latter is slightly smaller than its close American relative. The neck structure is particularly sturdy and well connected to the torso and head.

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Costs and maintenance

Maintenance cost of an Akita is quite within the ideal average. The main expenditures will cover for your Akita's diet, which should be based on premium food, and the inclination to shed profusely which requires regular grooming. Other than the typical check-up during your Akita's first few months, this breed will be in pretty good shape throughout its entire life which means it will only need to see the vet on regular occasions.

Maintenance cost within average

Characteristics Summary


Suitability to apartment life

We must seriously consider every aspect before housing an Akita Inu. This breed has thousands of facets that can be seen as pros or cons when making such a decision. The Akita is of quite substantial size and build that can make this breed quite destructive within a household environment if not properly trained, nevertheless it is also capable of being a pet companion when adequately raised and accustomed to certain contexts such as a home, provided it has a backyard or public park nearby.

Moderately suitable for apartment life

Tolerance for solitude

The behavioral aspects of the Akita Inu must make one consider before thinking of leaving this breed home alone. Being inadequately confined to solitude for numerous days or for an extended period of time in one day may cause this type of dog to develop a borderline destructive behavior. A dog belonging to this breed will normally follow the owner and family members from one room to the other and it loves interacting with them. For this reason it is recommended not to leave your Akita on its own for too long.

Low tolerance for solitude

Suitable as first pet

Akitas are really not suitable as first pets. The Akita Inu is really typical in this regard. This type of dog must be trained with care and cannot be raised by "shy" masters or it risks to take over and subdue them to its own tantrums. This aspect should be considered together with the unique traits and needs of a breed that requires a very considerate handler during its upbringing, especially as it regards its socialization.

Akita Inu are not quite suitable as first dogs


Akitas are fairly proud from a temperamental point of view. The benefits and disadvantages linked to this feature in dogs are quite famous. Applying an overly strict kind of training with your Akita can contribute to raise an aggressive dog whilst, on the contrary, using an excessively "soft" type of training can make your pet far too independent in relation to certain needs.

A moderately tolerant breed

Tolerance for cold temperatures

One of the most interesting aspects of the Akita is the rather towering build equipped with a resistant and thick coat. Obviously, these features provide the breed with a great tolerance for cold temperatures. This disposition has enabled the Akita to perform quite demanding tasks even in environments that are normally considered prohibitive and where temperatures can be extreme.

Absolute tolerance for low temperatures

Tolerance for high temperatures

As far as the resistance to heat, the Akita confirms all the weaknesses displayed in its physical traits. A fairly impressive size, thick fur and inclination to be very reactive make the Akita Inu little inclined to live in areas defined by high temperatures. Akita owners must take care and ensure their pet has easy access to water and food any time it needs it.

Low tolerance for high temperatures

Friendliness and sociability

Affection towards family

Akitas are well known to display absolute affection towards their family, and this trait is in addition to their inclination to protect it in any situation or environment. This unique feature develops and grows throughout the everyday life of the Akita Inu which is also known for a rather constructive interaction with everyone included in the family circle. This peculiarity makes this breed perfect for sharing family spaces.

Absolute affection towards the family

Friendly towards children

As far as the Akita's ability to engage in a relationship with children there may be some aspects that could become a danger, particularly to extremely young kids. Obviously, adult supervision should be a given when this breed is interacting with children however an adequate socialization with them is also required starting from when the Akita is still a puppy. The need to accustom your Akita pet to children will help improve its skills in understanding the boundaries of this type of interaction.

Akitas are not too friendly towards kids

Relationship with strangers

An Akita's tolerance for strangers is manageable through preliminary socialization and exposure to unfamiliar people. An Akita puppy that learns to recognize the intention of unknown persons is already a great step in the right direction to enable this breed to react with balance and accountability. This aspect can become essential for the safety of those approaching an Akita owner, and often crucial in recognizing people wandering in the vicinity of its territory.

Low tolerance for strangers

Friendliness towards other dogs

A delicate issue concerning this dog breed is the ability to approach and show an interest in socializing with other dogs. This can become a potential weak spot for the Akita Inu, especially when it is interacting with same-gender dogs against which it may become aggressive, even if simply because it tries to protect the owner and family members. An early socialization can come in handy in softening these conflicts between the Akita and other pets.

Not very sociable towards other dogs

Care and health

Coat care and shedding

Shedding is quite abundant in the Akita breed. As Akitas are equipped with a thick fur this will go through rather heavy moulting in certain times of the year, particularly in spring and autumn. An aspect that should be taken into account by an Akita owner as this type of dog will require regular grooming in order to avoid issues in this respect, especially at home.

Fairly heavy moulting

Salivation and drooling restraint level

Despite a great energy supply and the ability to maintain a high level of engagement over many hours, the Akita Inu doesn't display any particular issue in regards to the amount of saliva produced. Obviously, as for other breeds, this kind of reaction manifests more in certain moments of the day such as before meals or in particularly exciting situations that a dog can experience.

Very efficient dribbling restraint

Easiness to clean

Quite a bit of care goes into keeping Akitas clean. This breed can go through quite substantial moulting which therefore requires a precise and unique kind of care. Akita owners must also be thorough in inspecting their dog's hygiene levels during certain times of the day and in rather delicate areas. The mouth area right after meals and the tail after daily walks should be inspected carefully. Special care is also required when inspecting your Akita's paws after its daily walk.

Akitas require plenty of cleaning

Health and diseases

This breed is generally quite healthy throughout its entire life. Such a condition is enabled by the Akita's physical endurance and strong health even in fairly extreme weather conditions. The Akita Inu can develop issues related to dysplasia or hypothyroidism. These kind of conditions should always be assessed by owners through regular inspection of their Akita pet.

Akitas enjoy optimum health conditions throughout their life

Tendency to gain weight

This breed's perfect responsiveness is quite famous and relevant when considering the Akita's inclination to gain weight. A daily amount of exercise can be enough to avoid having an overweight Akita dog. Clearly, this aspect should be considered with specific monitoring of any further access to food sources the Akita may have outside its everyday diet which could even include excessive amounts of food or poor quality products. Something that should absolutely be avoided with the Akita Inu.

This breed will stay in shape throughout its entire life span

Learning skills

Intelligence and training

In order to train Akitas, handlers must be as smart as them. This kind of principle can be useful when trying to understand the complexity of the features within the breed. A certain kind of precision is required when training the Akita Inu as resorting to "extreme" methods can become counterproductive in this sense. Being too strict with your Akita could create an overly aggressive pet whilst being to "soft" could enable it to take over. The key to it all is balance.

Great intelligence during training

Loyalty and inclination to escape

Whether an Akita is indoors or in open spaces it will enjoy chasing animals, moving objects or people that catch its attention. Again, this kind of activity can be part of the regular and daily exercises that an Akita loves to perform. In order to tailor this trait to the owner's needs, the Akita should be monitored during training with the help of a resistant leash in fairly exciting moments. This is obviously related to limited situations as the Akita is an absolutely loyal breed.

The Akita Inu is very loyal and disinclined to escape

Inclination to bite

As far as the Akita's tendency to bite, it is safe to say that this is one of its favorite activities from a "playful" point of view as this breed is naturally fond of chewing objects made in plastic or other materials as an entertaining kind of interaction. This trait can obviously be corrected with training but it is an inclination that the Akita will develop with great sense of responsibility and only under certain circumstances.

A breed with great self-control and little inclination to bite

Hunt drive

Chasing is one the Akita's preferred activities which displays in fairly long-lasting chases of small animals, moving objects and other people who may be jogging in the vicinity or riding a bicycle. Nevertheless, this kind of behavior can easily be tamed through adequate training and a responsible use of a leash in contexts where such an interaction is advised against.

Strong hunting drive

Inclination to bark or howl

The intelligence that defines the Akita Inu enables this breed to recognize the situations and requirements to bark. From this point of view, Akitas are very functional within the home environment. Within this kind of context, an Akita will bark or howl only as an alert signal to the owner in the event of a stranger approaching the territory under its responsibility. Other than this, Akitas don't bark or howl excessively.

An Akita Inu will only bark when needed

Exercise requirements

Energy level

This type of dog has extremely high energy levels that *must be released on a daily basis and cannot be built up over long hours throughout the day. This condition could develop unwanted behaviors in your Akita, especially when it's interacting in the household environment. Akitas don't really differentiate the surroundings in which they move and being indoors or outdoors is basically the same thing. Based on this premise, an Akita Inu in the house can become quite destructive.

Extremely high energy levels


This is a breed capable of carrying out a large number of tasks which can also be rather complex. In order to engage in certain activities, an Akita requires a body up to the task and a decent amount of strength. This type of dog can be considered quite strong and equipped with a fairly pronounced muscularity. Needless to say that these features can also become a risk for both the delicate objects around the house and the Akita's daily interaction with very young kids. This is when the presence of an alert owner is essential.

A very strong breed requiring some attention

Exercise requirements

Akitas require daily exercise. Akita owners must be able to develop an adequate exercise routine that should include at least 30 minutes twice a day. A routine that not only is essential to the Akita's health considering this breed can develop some health issues when it doesn't exercise enough but also on a behavioral level to avoid your pet from developing discomfort.

Great need for exercise

Tendency to play

The Akita Inu loves entertaining itself by playing with various kind of objects. Owners must always be careful at the size and material of objects their Akita may be playing with to avoid issues such as their pet swallowing or chocking on them. Keep in mind that Akita tend to get bored of repetitive activities so it's important to create new and different stimulating tasks.

Maximum drive to play

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