Akitas are very appreciative of company, yet fiercely independent and calm and capable of taking initiative without hesitation.
Akita adult black and white

About the Akita

These guard dogs are big and sturdily built, with lots of substance and an aptitude for athletics that makes them well suited to long walks and exercise. The Akita has a noble and dignified expression that has made them popular across the world.

Except for white, all coat colours are “urajiro”, which means that the sides of the muzzle, cheeks, under the jaw, neck, chest, belly, underside of the tail and inside of the legs are covered with whiteish hair.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country: Japan

Size category: Large

Avg life expectancy: 10-12 years

Even-tempered / Loyal / Calm / Obedient

Key facts

  • Makes a great guard dog
  • Needs an experienced owner
  • Requires moderate grooming

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