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Facts About the Akita Dog Breed

Updated on July 1, 2014

The Akita is a large dog breed that originated in Japan. The Akita is a very powerful, calm dog that can be a good household pet as long as it is accustomed to people and socialized at a young age so it becomes a protective dog rather than an aggressive dog. Although the Akita can be a complex dog to raise due to the breeds temperament, if raised right is a loyal , well behaved and protective pet.

In this article there are tons of facts about the Akita dog breed about everything to the breeds history to the multiple types of Akitas.

Fun Facts about the Akita

  • The fist Akitas were bred in Japan in the 1600's
  • The Akita has a double coat of fur. The top level is medium and the undercoat is soft and plush.
  • In the 1930's the Akita was an extremely rare breed in Japan, the country in which it originated. It was so rare that only rich people could afford the breed.
  • Like most breeds the Akita sheds year round however twice a year for a couple of weeks at a time they shed heavily or "blowout" their coats.
  • Scientific testing has shown that Akitas are one of the oldest canine bloodlines

An Akita with her litter of puppies
An Akita with her litter of puppies
  • The litter size of Akitas range wildly from only 3 pups to an amazing 12 puppies however the average litter is 7 puppies
  • The cost of purebred Akita will set you back a pretty penny with reputable breeders charging anywhere from $750-$2000 with dogs bred for show costing the most.
  • Because Akitas are bred to be hunting dogs they will not bark for no reason
  • Akitas are patient and caring of their families yet reserved and curious towards strangers
  • An Akita can be a suitable apartment dog if given sufficient exercise but does best in a house with a backyard
  • Because of the Akitas double coat and predisposition for shedding owners need to dedicate sufficient time to grooming

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  • The average Akita's lifespan is anywhere from 9-15 years
  • The Akita is part of the Spitz dog family, which includes the tiny Pomeranian breed
  • Most Akitas are aggressive towards dogs of the same gender. They are so aggressive dogs of the same gender it is suggested they never are left alone with a dog of the same gender
  • Because Akitas need strong leadership and guidance from owners they are not recommended for first time dog owners
  • Although Akitas get along well with kids and are extremely protective of family children they still need to be supervised with children because they are such large strong dogs


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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      That is a beautiful breed of dog. I had no idea that Pomeranians were related! That photo of the one with her puppies is so cute. I wanted to pin it but since it is not credited, I held off. Up, useful and interesting votes.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      I knew someone a long time ago that was a breeder of these dogs. They are so beautiful.