Lifespan – 10 to 12 Years
Potential Height – 2′ to 2’4″ Tall at the Shoulder
Potential Weight – 70 to 130 Pounds
Barking – Rarely. Akita dogs only bark when they feel threatened. Otherwise they are a relatively quiet dog.
Shedding – Heavy. The Akita breed is known to be a heavy shedder. Akitas instinctively work to keep themselves by self-grooming, like a cat. The amount an Akita sheds depends greatly on the location you live in. Anyone who plans on having an Akita should be prepared to have a routing grooming schedule.
Family Friendly – Somewhat. Akitas are a very loyal guard dog and if properly trained and socialized as a puppy they can create a powerful bond with children. However, it should be noted that Akitas do not like to be teased and any children should be taught how to treat an Akita with respect prior to meeting one. It is also recommended that an adult supervises whenever an Akita adult and child are spending time with one another.
Pet Friendly – It is not recommended to mix Akitas with other animals. It is preferred to have an Akita in a home where he/she will be the only household pet.
Breed Origins – The Akita’s origins date back to 1600’s in Japan, initially they were bred as fighting dogs but lost their popularity as bigger and more aggressive breeds proved more efficient. It was then that the Akitas were used as hunting dogs due to their size, substance and athletic stance. Eventually, the Akita became favorable guard dog kept by the aristocracy or wealthy as a loyal companion.
Important Breed Information – The Akita is not for everyone as they are highly intelligent and tend to bore easily. They are best suited for owners that will be able to give them the attention and exercise they deserve.
Fur Real Famous
Celebrity Owners – Sarah Michelle Gellar, Cher, Dan Akroyd, and Evander Holyfield.
Hachiko was an Akita who belonged to a man by the name of Dr. Eisaburo Ueno, a professor at Tokyo University. Hachiko would accompany his professor every day to the train station to see him off. He would then return to the station at the same time each afternoon at 3:30 to greet the professor. Until one afternoon when the professor did not return, unbeknownst to Hachiko his owner had died earlier that day in Tokyo. For the next 10 years, Hachiko repeated this routine. He kept coming to the train station every day at the same time waiting for his professor. This grand display of honor and loyalty for loving his owner so much granted the Akita a bronze statue at Shibuya station.
Helen Keller is credited with having introduced the Akita to the United States, after hearing about the famous Akita named Hachiko she knew she had to have one. Helen Keller took a trip to Japan to visit Akita Prefecture where she met an Akita for the first time. She mentioned that she would love to own a faithful Akita dog and the Japanese government took this request as an honor and gifted her with an Akita puppy whom she loved dearly. Helen Keller went on to own one more Akita in her lifetime.