Breed History / Description

The largest breed in the group originates in Japan where he was originally used as a fighting dog but his courage was diverted into hunting for bear, deer and wild boar. The Akita as we see it today was developed in America, becoming stronger in bone and substance and makes an impressive sight. Like many of the Japanese breeds, brilliant and clear coat colours are much valued. The Akita is known in some countries as the Great Japanese Dog.


Large, broad head, with relatively small eyes and erect ears carried forward in line with back of neck; large, curled tail, in balance with head. 


Dignified, courageous, aloof; tends to show dominance over other dogs, though the trait is not encouraged.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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