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Origin Japan
GroupWorking Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Akita have? The breed also known as...
Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita, American Akita
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the Akita puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
If you choose to purchase the Akita, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Akita gets to a happy place.


Akita is an ancient Japanese, originating from the island of Honshu in Japan. The dog was bred for hunt bigger wild animals such as bear, moose and wild boar. They allegedly fought alongside the samurai. The Japanese government declared the breed as a national treasure in 1931.

In the United States, thanks to Helen Keller, the breed became known. Helen Keller met with Akita in Japan in 1937 and brought a puppy to the States.

Unfortunately, in the Second World War, many Akita were killed because of the fine hair, but the breed survived and was popular among US soldiers who brought more puppies to the states. Nowadays Akita is used as a guard or police dog.

Interesting: The most famous Akita is a Japanese named Hachiko, who is respected in the country. Hachi escorted its owner, every day to the train station and went every afternoon and went home together. One time his owner did not come by train, he died, but he waited and waited patiently. He spent the rest of his life at the train station, hoping to return once to his master. It also made a film about Hachi's life with the starring role of Richard Gere.

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General Appearance

What is the Akita's size? How big is this dog?
How much does the Akita weigh?
Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
Male: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 kg)
How tall is the Akita?
Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Akita have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the Akita's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
How to groom the Akita and how often?
Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Akita is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Akitas shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Akitas are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of the hair loss mostly depends on their health status and breed type.


What kind of personality does the Akita have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Akita?
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Are Akitas easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Akitas are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful dog breed is this dog?
Akitas, like any other average dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
Akitas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle light punishments very well. They don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Akitas are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Akitas need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Do Akitas bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Akitas good watchdogs?
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Akitas will alert you if they sense something different.
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Akita can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Akita will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
The Akita has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Akita do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Akitas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Akitas need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Akita to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Wanderlust potential of the Akita is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Akitas have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Akitas are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on leash.
Apartment Friendly
Are Akitas good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Akitas kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Akitas get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Akitas are average friendly dogs towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Akitas get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Akitas are average friendly dogs towards other dogs.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Akitas have health problems?
Akitas are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do Akitas live? What is this dog average life span?
10-14 years
Is the Akita breed hypoallergenic?
Akitas don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Akita have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Akitas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Akitas require per day?
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Akitas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Akita need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
Recommended daily amount: 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day NOTE: How much your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Akita's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Akita's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers cold weather
The Akita can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Akita has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Akita is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the Akita. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.


Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Akita: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Akita have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Akita have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-12 puppies


  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Barking: Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
  • Watchdog Ability: Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Trainability: Akitas are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Adaptability: Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Territorial: Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs.


  • Hypoallergenic: Akitas don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Akitas are heavy shedders.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Drooling tendency: The Akita is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

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