The Akita is a companion dog that originated in Japan. The breed is revered through a national monument in Japan.

Appearance & Grooming

The Akita, a cousin of Shiba Inu, is an extra large dog with a muscular body. They have a rough outer coat and smooth inner coat in red, fawn, white, black, brown, and brindle. The Akita sheds seasonally and requires daily brushing when shedding.

Behavior & Disposition

The Akita is known for its loyal, dignified, friendly, and fearless character. Adult supervision is recommended when playing with children and other dogs.

Activity Level

The Akita has a high activity level, but it is still easy for the breed to become overweight. The Akita should be carefully monitored for weight and calorie consumption. A reduced amount of food may also prevent kidney related diseases as the Akita ages.


The Akita is a loyal and intelligent dog. However, due to its independent nature, early socialization and obedience training during puppyhood are recommended.

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