Height: 24-28 inches
Weight: 75-110 lbs.
Life Span: 10-12 yrs.
Breed Group: Northern
Akitas look like warm, cuddly dogs but they are aloof with outsiders. Obedience
training is a must, and exposure to a lot of people at an early age is recommended.
Some get along well with children, especially if introduced at an early
age, but others do not. They bark when they perceive a threat.
Akitas come in all colors and can be solid or have patches of two or more
colors, such as white and brindle. The medium-length outercoat is stiff;
the undercoat is soft, fine, and dense.
The Akita has a strong, broad muzzle and a bearlike expression. The tail
is held high and curls forward.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
The Akita's coat is easily cared for with weekly brushings. Akitas need
a moderate amount of exercise, such as a few long walks and some playtime
The Akita descends from a spitz-like dog that existed about 5,000 years
ago. It was named for the province of Akita on Japan's Honshu Island, where
it was used by noblemen to hunt large game.
The Akita is not suitable for inexperienced dog owners. It can be especially
aggressive with other dogs.
Breed-related health concerns: hyperthyroidism (overproduction of
thyroid hormones), hypothyrodism, pemphigus foliaceous (an autoimmune skin
disease causing ulcers and scabs to develop on the skin), hip and elbow
dysplasia, sebaceous adenitis (skin disease resulting in scabs, hair loss,
and predisposition to bacterial skin infections).
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club