|"If it were necessary
to describe the Akita in one word, "dignity" would suffice, for it is this
concept that the breed embodies. Whether in proud stance or no-nonsense movement, the
breed's dignified presence is its most distinct quality. A proud and regal animal, the
Akita is a pleasure to see."
The Akita is the largest of the Japanese purebred dogs and takes it's name from the Akita Prefecture located at the northern end of the island of Honshu, where the breed originated. Bred for hunting in the early 17th century, the Akita gradually became a true "All Purpose" dog. They can and have been trained to meet and carry out the individual duties and responsibilities that other dogs were bred to do exclusively.
The Akita is large and powerful; the males standing 26 to 28 inches or more at the shoulder, and weigh from 110 to 140 pounds. The females are shorter in height and lighter in weight. The coat is double, as are those of other Northern Breeds, although the outer guard hairs are shorter in length. The Akita will shed into a coat as light or heavy as his environment requires. The tail is carried proudly over the back in a three-quarter, full or double curl. Colors run from pure white, through fawn, red, dark grey, black, brindle and pinto.
In recent times, many of the
talents possessed by the Akita have been recognized and utilized. Their intelligence has
made them a great success as a seeing eye dog and a guard dog, and their ability to pull
heavy loads has made him a superior working dog. The akita's strength and courage make
them an outstanding hunter; and two full grown Akita's have been reported pulling down
black bear. Most Akita owners in North America were attracted to the breed because of its
striking appearance, its noble personality and the ease with which it adapts to different
situations. When given the opportunity the Akita will welcome a large yard to run in; they
can be perfectly content as a house dog with only daily walks outside.