The Akita is a large spitz breed of dog originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. There are now two separate strains: American, a/k/a "Akita" or "American Akita"; and Japanese, aka "Akita Inu" or "Japanese Akita". The American strain comes in all dog colors; however, the Japanese strain comes in selected colors only, with all other colors considered untypical of the breed. The Akita has a short double coat, similar to that of many other northern Spitz breed.
The Akita today is a unique combination of dignity, courage, alertness, and devotion to its family. It is extraordinarily affectionate and loyal with family and friends, territorial about its property, and can be reserved with strangers. It is feline in its actions; it is not unusual for an Akita to clean its face after eating, to preen its kennel mate, and to be fastidious in the house. They are however known to be intolerant of other dogs of the same gender, as stated in the AKC breed standard.
Facts About Akitas:
Recent DNA testing proves that the Akita bloodline is one of the most primitive bloodlines among all the canine species.
The very first Akita to reach the United States was given by the Japanese government to writer, scholar and activist Helen Keller in 1937. The Akita was named Kamikaze - meaning divine wind.
Coat and colors of Akitas: The double coat is outer coat is normally coarse and straight and the undercoat is soft and dense and comes in a range of colors including white, brindle and pinto.
Helen Keller is credited with having introduced Akitas to America.
The Akita is generally a healthy breed, although they can be prone to hip dysplasia and eye trouble.
Akitas can live for 10-14 years with good care and proper nutrition.
90% of all Akitas in Akita Rescue are affected with hypothyrodism which is easily treated by inexpensive twice-daily replacement thyroid hormone therapy.
The most famous Akita dog in all of Japan was named Hachik. When Hachik's owner died, the dog returned to the train station time and again to wait for its master.
During ancient times, mothers in Japan relied heavily on their pet Akitas to take care of their very young children.