Akita Inu

Other name: Large Japanese dog

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The Akita Inu is a majestic dog, with a robust constitution and a strong character. Spitz type, he is large in size and well proportioned. This dog seduces with its plush appearance and the great serenity it exudes. The Akita Inu is a perfect dog in every way for family life. He can be both athletic or not, it all depends on the needs of his master. He is calm, considerate, caring, independent, loyal and barks very moderately. His education is rather easy and his health, despite 2 hereditary diseases, quite solid.



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Hair type Short
Origin Japan
Template Big
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 30 kg to 45 kg From 58 cm to 64 cm
Male From 32 kg to 52 kg From 64 cm to 70 cm
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History of the breed

The Akita Inu is a Japanese breed, originally from Akita province in Japan . Early in the 17th century, canine named Akita Matagis were used as dog fighting. This dog also hunted wild boars, deer and bears. Then in the mid-19th century, the breed was crossed with the Tosa and the Mastiff.

Following the ban on dog fighting in 1908, the breed was improved. In 1931, the Akita Inu was designated a “Historic Monument” thanks to 9 of its dogs. Like many dogs, the Akita Inu nearly went extinct with World War II, where all dogs except German Shepherds were captured. Then, breeders managed to save it and the Akita’s popularity has grown steadily since. The will of the breeders to find the characteristics of the original breed has borne fruit so that the one we find today is the real one, the pure one. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognized the breed on March 13, 1964.

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Physical features

Its coat : fairly short and hard, the density of the undercoat isolates it perfectly while the topcoat, well supplied at the withers and the rump, protects it from bad weather.
Its color : dress generally composed of fawn red, white, brindle, but more rarely sesame (red-fawn hairs with black tips).
His head : well proportioned to the body, it has a broad forehead. The base of the muzzle, broad, tapers off, but does not end in a point.
His ears : triangular in shape, small and thick. Slightly rounded at a point, they are erect and inclined forward.
His eyes : quite small and almond shaped (almost triangular), very dark brown.
His body : a compact figure with beautiful musculature, a straight, solid back and a well-lifted stomach. Females are longer in body than males.
Its tail : thick, it is carried high and it remains constantly rolled up on the back, like an ellipse.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

Very sociable, the Akita Inu is very affectionate with close friends . Distrustful of strangers , this makes them an excellent watchdog . Even if he shows a certain independence, he likes the human presence. Well educated, he loves the company of children and shows great patience with them. Calm, docile and receptive, he barks only when needed. Gifted with a beautiful intelligence, he quickly understands what is asked of him. The Akita Inu is endowed with a very great intelligence , which allows him to understand his environment as well as possible.

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Very pleasant to live with , this dog has a strong character . Thus, a strict and firm education must be operated from an early age to prevent him from taking power in his home. Trust between him and his master must be in order. The latter must also be gentle to achieve his ends. Like all his fellows, he must know from the start who is the master. Well educated, he is very clean and easy going.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Akita Inu adapts very well to life in the country or in the city , in a house or in an apartment. He is a dog known for his calmness who will not bark continuously when he is alone. Very discreet , it does not take up much space and can lie down quietly in a corner of the room while keeping an open eye on the surroundings.


Ease of gaining weight

Even though it is a hardy dog breed, there are two autoimmune diseases that can affect it: sebaceous adenitis (skin disease, hair loss) and VKH (depigmentation of the skin, inflammation of the skin). eye and brain). The first is an autoimmune skin disease that promotes hair loss. The second is also an autoimmune and inherited disease that causes inflammation of the brain and the iris of the eye. Preventive tests are not yet on the agenda. Therefore, the pedigree history of the line of his dog is preponderant before any adoption. In addition, like any primitive dog, its health is in all respects solid. He is not afraid of inclement weather.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 12 puppies

Major concerns
Sebaceous adenitis
Hip dysplasia
Minor concerns
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Occasional concerns
Gastric torsion
Suggested tests

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 11 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of an Akita Inu is, on average, between 11 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Akita Inu requires little maintenance , it can be brushed once or twice a week . During the moulting period, in the fall and in the spring , it loses its hair and its undercoat, in the form of tufts that can be easily removed by hand. During the three or four weeks of moulting, it is therefore necessary to do daily brushing.


He is known to be very clean , because he grooms himself a bit like a cat. Even to relieve himself, he takes all the time necessary to choose the appropriate place. Since it is clean and elegant in nature, an annual bath is sufficient. In addition to the weekly brushing , the Akita Inu requires almost no attention. Do not hesitate to wash his eyes and ears regularly.

To eliminate tartar buildup and the growth of bacteria, a dog’s teeth should also be brushed regularly . If they do not wear out naturally, the nails have to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of an Akita Inu is between 1000 € and 1500 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 950
1000 €

The annual maintenance cost of an Akita Inu is between 950 € and 1000 €.

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The Akita Inu is quite picky about food . It will not always tolerate industrial food made from kibbles very well, especially if they are made from cereals, which are very allergenic. Instead, focus on meat-based croquettes or traditional food such as raw meat, fresh vegetables and starches. Carnivore, he will love it.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Akita Inu is suitable for athletes and non-athletes .   The Akita Inu loves walks and can easily accompany you on your outings by bike or while jogging. It should be taken out daily and endures all types of weather. But it is also suitable for non-athletes since he likes to stay in contact with humans.

Famous Akita Inu Breed Dogs

Hachiko : This Akita Inu is famous for the loyalty he has shown to his owner , Professor Hidesaburo Ueno . Every evening, the dog waited for his master to return to Shibuya station. After returning from work, Hidesaburo and Hachiko used to walk home. In 1925, the man died. The family tried to find a new home for the quadruped, but the quadruped always ran away to return to the home of its late owner.

His remains are kept at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo. A statue representing him was erected in Shibuya station.

Lasse Hallström adapted this story into film. In 2009, Hatchi was released, in which the American actor Richard Gere played the role of the owner of Hachiko .


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 2001


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