The Akita Inu is a courageous pet. Here is your informative A-list of Akita Inu. The Akita Inu is also known as Japanese Akita, Akita Ken or Great Japanese Dog. This Akita Inu was originated from the island of Honshu in the region of Akita in Japan. They were descended from medium-sized Japanese dogs. The Akita Inu is a national dog in Japan. The word Inu means dog. The six Japanese native breeds are Akita Inu, Hokkaido Inu, Kai Inu, Kishu Inu, Tosa Inu and Shiba Inu. Akita dogs were used for guard dog, police dog and sled dog. They are excelling in hunting. In 1937, Helen Keller brought the first Akita Inu to United States. They were recognized by American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1972. Today, there are two types of Akita which are American Akita and Japanese Akita.

Facts about Akita Inu

  • Temperament – The Akita Inu is adaptable, affectionate, docile, fearless, intelligent, independent, loyal, kind and responsive. Akita dogs are also known as fierce hunter. They have natural strong protective instincts. They are a good watch dog and they wary of stranger. An experienced owner is needed for Akita Inu dogs. They can get along with children and other dogs. It is better socializing them early if you intend to raise them together with other dogs. Obedience training is recommended for Akita Inu puppies. Do not leave them alone for long period, they will become destructive. They thrive on human companionship and loves outdoor activities as hunting or playing games.
  • Appearance – The Akita Inu has a large-sized body. They have a broad head and they come with a pair of triangle-shaped small eyes. They have a pair of erect ears and the muzzle is short. The nose is black and the neck is muscular. The teeth are close in a scissors bite or level bite. They have powerful legs. The front legs are straight and hind legs are muscular. They have a thick tail which carried over at the back. The Akita Inu has a thick water resistant double coat. The outer coat is straight whereas the under coat is dense.

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Akita Inu Breed Information

Size Large
Height 61 – 66 cm (male and female)
Weight 34 – 50 kg (male and female)
Colour Brindle, pinto or white
Group Working Breed Dog
Life Span 10 – 12 years
Litter Size Average 3 – 8 puppies
Exercise Ability Daily walk is needed. Let them play around at fenced yard
Grooming Requirements Brush regularly with bristle. Use mild shampoo when necessary. They shed heavily twice a year
Environment Outdoor
Barking Average
Recognition APRI, DRA, NKC, AKC, ACR, ACA, CKC

The common health issue for Akita Inu is prone to hip dysplasia or hypothyroidism.

Here is a list of cute dog names for your Akita Inu puppy.

If you are interested in this dog breed, you may look for Akita Inu adoption from Akita Inu rescue or look Akita puppies for sale from Akita Inu breeders.

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