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The handsome Akita was a Japanese hunting dog, and has earned its reputation as one of the most loyal dogs around. It’s loyalty was made famous in the story of Hachiko, the Akita who waited by a train every day for his master, until the day his master passed away and didn’t come home. Not to be deterred, Hachiko stood vigil at the station for nine years, refusing to leave, until the day he died. Akitas are also known for their reserve towards strangers, their intelligence, independence and territorial nature. They tend to be confident, socially dominant, and can occasionally aggressive towards other dogs. If you can handle those traits, the courageous Akita may be the dog for you!  

Adult Size

  • Large

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Excessively

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Comfortable Being Left Alone

Breed Group

  • Working Group

Coat Length

  • Medium Coat

Coat Quality

  • Double Coat


  • Black
  • Brown Brindle
  • Brown, Black Overlay
  • Fawn
  • Fawn, Black Overlay
  • Red
  • Red, Black Overlay
  • Silver, Black Overlay
  • White


  • Doesn’t Really Drool

Energy Level

  • Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Occasional Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 27-30″

Full Grown Weight

  • 101-110lbs
  • 111-120lbs
  • 121-130lbs
  • 71-75lbs
  • 76-80lbs
  • 80-90lbs
  • 91-100lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Poor Choice for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Thrives in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Hot Weather

Good With Children?

  • Good with Kids
  • Very Good With Kids


  • Requires Occasional Grooming
  • Requires Regular Brushing


  • Smart
  • Very Intelligent


  • Somewhat Affectionate


  • Playful
  • Sometimes Playful

Recommended OFA Tests

  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis – OFA evaluation
  • Elbow Dysplasia – OFA Evaluation
  • Eye Examination by ACVO Ophthalmologist
  • Hip Dysplasia OFA/OVC Evaluation or PennHIP
  • Patellar Luxation – OFA Evaluation

Social Behavior with Dogs

  • Doesn’t Socialize Well with Other Dogs

Top Life Expectancy

  • 10 years
  • 11 years
  • 12 years

Training Tendencies

  • Easy to Train

Vocalization Tendencies

  • Barks or Howls Appropriately