The Akita is the largest of the Japanese purebred dogs and
takes it's name from the Akita Prefecture located at the northern end of
the island of Honshu, where the breed originated. Bred for hunting in the
early 17th century, the Akita gradually became a true "All Purpose" dog.
They can and have been trained to meet and carry out the individual duties
and responsibilities that other dogs were bred to do exclusively.
The Akita is large and powerful; the males standing 26 to 28 inches
or more at the shoulder, and weigh from 110 to 140 pounds. The females
are shorter in height and lighter in weight. The coat is double, as are
those of other Northern Breeds, although the outer guard hairs are shorter
in length. The Akita will shed into a coat as light or heavy as his environment
requires. The tail is carried proudly over the back in a three-quarter,
full or double curl. Colors run from pure white, through fawn, red,
dark grey, black, brindle and pinto. A two tone coat which is very attractive
is the Kuro-Goma (black over silver or fawn undercoat.) Akita's seldom
need bathing as the rather oily guard hairs will even shed mud once it
has dried. It is very rare for either the undercoat or skin to become dirty.
In recent times, many of the talents possessed by the Akita have been
recognized and utilized. His intelligence has made him a great success
as a seeing eye dog and a guard dog, and his ability to pull heavy loads
has made him a superior working dog. His strength and courage make him
an outstanding hunter; and two full grown Akita's have been reported pulling
down black bear. Most Akita owners in North America were attracted to the
breed because of its striking appearance, its noble personality and the
ease with which it adapts to different situations. When given the opportunity
the Akita will welcome a large yard to run in; he can be perfectly content
as a house dog with only daily walks outside. he is easy to care for, as
his coat require little or no brushing and because his is not a highly
active dog, he is inexpensive to feed.
Akita's were first brought into North America shortly after World War
II by the American servicemen. since July of 1956 the Akita Club of America,
Inc. has been working to do everything possible to improve and advance
the breed. The American Kennel Club recognized the Akita as a breed, April
4th, 1973, and the Canadian Kennel Club recognized the Akita, January 1st,
1975. Being of an extremely stable temperament, the Akita is an enchanting
family companion and probably the most fearless protector that can be found.
If it were necessary to describe the Akita in one word, "dignity" would
suffice, for it is this concept that the breed embodies. Whether in proud
stance or no-nonsense movement, the breed's dignified presence is its most
distinct quality. A proud and regal animal, the Akita is a pleasure to