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Akita adult in black and white


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

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 colors 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

FCI Group 5, AKC Working Group
Size category
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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