An Akita dog
|The Akita Dog|
Named A National Treasure
in his Native Country, Japan.
The Akita breed, history dates back some 300 years,
is primarily a working dog. It has been used for guard work, a
guide for the blind, and a hunting companion. It is a strong
web-footed swimmer, and also good at sled work.
There is a spiritual significance attached to this large,
powerfully built dog. In Japan, Akitas are affectionately regarded as
loyal companions and pets, protectors of the home and children and a
symbol of good health. Akitas are alert, responsive, dignified and
reserved, but courageous, friendly towards people but, like a lot of
other breeds, often aggressive towards other dogs. The Akita
barks infrequently and then only as a warning signal. As
with most dogs, an Akita puppy should be well socialized
and obedience trained.
Height male: 25 - 28 in. (63.5 - 71 cm) at shoulder.
Height Female: 23 - 26 in (58.4 - 66 cm) at shoulder.
Protection: Very good.
Other names: Akita Inu; Japanese Akita.
Life Expectancy: 10 - 12 years.