The Akita Inu in short

The Akita was a bear hunting dog from Japan, native of the Akita province. The breed almost disappeared during World War II because the Japanese used their fur to keep warm. Breeders have saved the Akita thanks to marriages with other dog breeds. This explains the difference between the two kinds of Akita. The evolution of the Akita is demonstrated in this video:

Breed Evolution

We see two types of Akita, the Inu (Japanese) and American. The Japanese Akita is very popular in Europe, while the American Akita is more represented in North America. To learn more about the differences between the two, visit this page.

Here is what they say on Wikipedia about the Akita Inu:

“As a spitz breed, the appearance of the Akita reflects cold weather adaptations essential to their original function. The Akita is a substantial breed for its height with heavy bones. Characteristic physical traits of the breed include a large, bear-like head with erect, triangular ears set at a slight angle following the arch of the neck. Additionally, the eyes of the Akita are small, dark, deeply set and triangular in shape. Akitas have thick double coats, and tight, well knuckled cat-like feet. Their tails are carried over the top of the back in a gentle or double curl down the loin.

Mature American type males measure typically 26–28 inches (66–71 cm) at the withers and weigh between 100–130 lb (45–59 kg). Mature females typically measure 24–26 inches (61–66 cm) and weigh between 70–100 lb (32–45 kg). The Japanese type, as stated in the breed standards, are a little smaller and lighter.

Breed standards state that all dog breed coat colors are allowable in the American Akita, including pinto, all types of brindle, solid white, black mask, white mask, self-colored mask, even differing colors of under coat and overlay (guard hairs). This includes the common Shiba Inu coloring pattern known as Urajiro.The Japanese Akitas, as per the breed standards, are restricted to red, fawn, sesame, brindle, pure white, all with “Urajiro” markings i.e., whitish coat on the sides of the muzzle, on the cheeks, on the underside of jaw, neck, chest, body and tail and on the inside of the legs.”


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