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

About the Akita

These guard dogs are big and sturdily built, with lots of substance and an aptitude to 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 the inside of the legs are covered with whitish 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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