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Akita Overview

Akitas are tender in heart and strong in strength. Originating from the rugged mountains in Northern Japan, the Akita is built to work. They tracked and hunted in the wild, and protected the royal family indoors. This fearless friend is not easily frightened. Standing up to 28 inches in height, the Akita is large, powerful, and alert. Akitas are naturally wary of strangers and tend to be aggressive towards other dogs. They are, however,  protective pooches that are very loyal and affectionate towards their owners. Intelligent, devoted, and sensitive to kindness, the Akita forms strong bonds with family. There is nothing they enjoy more than looking out for those they love. Make sure to give your Akita some lovin' and attention to see their silly side. But, taking it to the park without a leash isn't the best idea, as they can be aggressive towards other dogs. It’s very important to socialize your Akita as a puppy with other people and dogs to prevent episodes. Unlike most large dogs, the Akita does well with lower amounts of exercise. A long brisk walk or a couple quick laps outside should suffice. Only if you have a fence though! The large fluffy head will likely follow your every footstep—you know, to make sure you're safe at your own house.

Did you know?

The Akita has a spiritual significance of health, happiness and longevity. In Japan, people will gift small Akita statues as a “get well soon” or baby gift.

Akita Stats

  • Easy to train Easy to train

  • Working dog Working dog

Popularity ranking**
24-28 in / 70-130 lbs (L)
Average lifespan
10-13 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

3-5 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed regularly

Dog Food

Feeding your Akita

Akitas should eat three to five cups of kibble each day. As always, the amount depends on their size, age, and activity level. Akitas do well on high-quality dog foods that are rich in protein. Beware, Akitas are notoriously aggressive when it comes to meal time! You should work to prevent this at a young age by not letting them growl when you're around their food bowl. It may be cute when it's a puppy, but not so cute when it eventually weighs over 100 pounds. To be safe, always give your Akita their food and treats away from other animals and children. 


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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