Akita Inu – Generalities

The Akita Inu is a Japanese dog from the Akita prefecture. Akita Inu means “Akita dog”. He was a bear and big game hunters before being decimated during World War II for its fur (the soldiers were cold). Although it is also a primitive dog, do not confuse him with a Husky or Malamute, he is not a sled dog because he doesn’t have the hips for it.

Today, he is a loyal companion dog. His colors are red and white, white, brindle (red, dark blue, silver, black). Its size can range from 55 to 70 cm, its weight of 30 to 40 kg for males and 25-35 for females.

You will read and hear a lot about the Akita. They are some true things and others that depends on the individual. Firstly because every dog ​​is different, and because your actions and those of the breeder will influence the dog’s character.

Here is a list of the main things you’ll hear about the Akita (Your Akita could have all these traits or just a few):  

  • The Akita is an independent but loyal dog.
  • He is an excellent family dog.
  • He doesn’t like same-sex dogs.
  • He is very intelligent and finds solutions himself.
  • He needs a master that is firm but tactful at the same time.
  • He is difficult to train.
  • He has no recall.
  • This is a very good watchdog.
  • It is very dignified and proud.
  • He a cat-dog.

What I have seen with my Akita:

  • Socialization is vital from an early age with the most type of human, dogs and animals as possible.
  • In general, he doesn’t like same sex dogs but there are exceptions. In any case, as a owner, you must take precautions.
  • The Akita is not a difficult dog to train. The method of education is important. You must be firm but never violent.
  • He really has a unreliable recall, especially when there are squirrels involved.
  • He’s a good guard dog, I always feel safe.
  • He needs attention despite its independence.
  • The Akita is stubborn and often lazy (1H walk per day are usually enough).

Remember: The Akita is not like in the movie Hachi. Although it is often very attached to his masters, he will not return when you inevitably will call nor bring the ball.