Stalwart and noble, this native Japanese breed has been designated a national monument in his home country. In Japan the Akita was known as Matagiinu, which translates to hunting dog. The Akita’s great strength, courage, and senses of sight and smell combine to make the breed an outstanding hunter and guardian as well. Height: 24-26 inches. In general, the Akita is a large, substantial dog, which proudly displays its prick ears, massive skull, curled tail, and well-developed chest and brisket. The breed can be any color, including white, brindle, and pinto.
Akitas are active and fun dogs, requiring plenty of exercise and time with their owners – and, of course, plenty of food to meet their caloric needs. Males tend to be aggressive with other male dogs, but in general the Akita is kind and gentle with family members. The plush double coat requires regular brushing and combing. Meeting these basic needs, the Akita owner can be assured of having a hardy, well-mannered canine.