Japanese Akita Inu

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Life span

15 Years


54 Kg


Working Dogs

Japanese Akita Inu Overview

The Akita belongs to the large dog breed group and originates from the mountainous region of northern Japan. They're a courageous dog breed and very receptive to training and responsive to commands they're given.

The Akita is friendly by nature and very protective over their family. Docile and dignified, this dog breed is composed in their approach to every day life and faithful to their favourite person.

The male Akita weighs between 34-54kg  and measures in height between 64-70cm. Female weighs between 34-50kg and measures between 64-70cm in height.

The Akita comes in Red fawn, white, Pinto and Brindle.

Japanese Akita Inu Characteristics

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History & Origin

The Akita is the largest dog breed to have been bred in Japan. They were bred back in the late 1600s and were believed to have been bred for hunting wild boar, deer and other large predators. 

Japanese Akita Inu Temperament

The Akita is strong in mind and body. They do not suit the most novice owner. The Akita needs firm but gentle handling from an experienced owner. They are very loyal to their family and make great watchdogs because of their courageous nature. Their hunting instincts are strong and therefore wouldn't suit a family with young children because of their prey drive. 


Japanese Akita Inu Training

The Akita requires training from a young age and mist be handled in a firm but gentle manner. As previously mentioned, this dog breed wouldn't suit a first-time owner and needs someone with experience training dogs to handle the Akita. They're extremely strong-willed and training can be difficult if not approached correctly. Obedience training is a must for the Akita to grow into a well-balanced and well-behaved dog. 


The Akita's coat should be well-groomed and brushed 2-3 times a week. They moult heavily during shedding season and would require daily brushing during this time. The Akita wouldn't suit someone that suffers from allergies. As with all dog breeds, they also require regular teeth brushing, nail clipping and cleaning when necessary. 


The Akita tends to suffer from eye problems and hip dysplasia. For this reason, it is important that they get regular eye checks at the vets as well as plenty of exercises and a healthy diet. 

Japanese Akita Inu Exercise Needs

Akita's require lots of exercises to keep their muscles in shape and good condition. They require lots of walking and exploring the great outdoors. Remember to be careful when letting them off their leads because they have a high instinct to hunt and chase. 


Children and other pets

The Akita is a wonderful dog breed and would suit a family with older children because of their prey drive they wouldn't suit a family with young children and wouldn't suit living with other household pets because of their high prey drive. 

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