AKC PuppyFinder: Akita Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Dignified, courageous, and profoundly loyal to their humans
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Not a hyper breed, but these big guys enjoy regular exercise
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: Not Recommended
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Weekly
- Trainability: Eager To Please
- Height: 26-28 inches (male), 24-26 inches (female)
- Weight: 100-130 pounds (male), 70-100 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 10-13 years
- Barking Level: Quiet
- Breed Description
Your Akita puppy will grow up to be a handsome, muscular and courageous dog. A thick, lush coat and that glorious curled tail are hallmarks of this historic hunting breed, which is revered in Japan. The Akita is deeply loyal and protective of his humans. Give your puppy companionship, obedience training and socializing with people and other dogs and you'll be rewarded with a loyal family friend.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1972
Breed History & Job Description: Akitas are an ancient breed developed in the Akita prefecture of northern Japan. At various times in their long history, Akitas were employed as big-game hunters and world-class protectors. The object of myth and tradition, Akitas have for centuries occupied a special place in Japanese culture. A famously loyal Akita named Hachiko is among Japan’s most cherished symbols. Akitas caught on in America after WWII, when returning GIs brought them back from the Pacific.
The common health challenges of Akitas may be prevented, diagnosed and/or treated through the analysis of blood work, X-rays, thorough physical exams performed by a qualified veterinary medical professional, and/or genetic screening tests. Additionally, the health ailments Akitas are predisposed to many times may also be prevented through careful consultation with your personal veterinarian and breeder. For example, Akitas may experience bloat or gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) a condition associated with stomach bloat. Akita dogs are particularly susceptible to this condition, when the stomach twists due to a variety of reasons. This condition is severe and requires immediate, emergency veterinary treatment. This condition without treatment (and sometimes with) is fatal. Akitas may have progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). This adult-onset condition gradually leads to the degeneration of the retina causing blindness and cataracts. Canine hip dysplasia, a malformation of the hip joints that causes arthritis, may be found in Akitas. Reputable breeders test potential parents for this before breeding to reduce the likelihood of the disease.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Thyroid Evaluation
- Breed Club