I am Japan’s best-known breed and otherwise known as Akita Inu, which translates to ‘large dog’. However, my origin goes back a long, long way – ancient relics depict me from around 2000BC. The Akita as a recognised breed can be traced back for 300 years. Whilst originally used to hunt bears and boar, I am now mainly used as guard dog and frequently employed in the army.
What do I look like?
They weren’t joking when they named me ‘large dog’ – I’m pretty huge. I’m also incredibly powerful and my face resembles that of a bear. Pretty scary, huh?! Expect all parts of my body to be muscular, but particularly the neck and chest. My tail is curled which possibly conflicts slightly with my hard-dog image, but it’s a pretty fearless dog that chooses to poke fun at us for it!
What do I need from you?
The problem is I genuinely do need very little at all from humans. Given half the chance I’ll be cooking you breakfast and washing your clothes! Seriously, I like to be in control so if you choose to take me on, be prepared to show me who is boss. Whilst I won’t go out of my way to be mean to children, my sheer size and strength means I am probably not an ideal family pet.
What I will give in return
Whilst I do have a soft side, I am a pretty serious dog. It’s not really in my nature to be all soft and cuddly. I’m fairly reserved and protective of my own space. Suffice to say, I’m a pretty good dog to use as security.
How big will I get?
Is 28in (71cm) and 110lb (50kg) big enough for ya?
O J Simpson – The Akita saw it all!
We're in the news!
Most news stories portray us as aggressive dogs. Yes, some of us can be aggressive – however so can many other breeds of dog if not socialised properly. Therefore we have chosen not to display these stories.
We’re currently recruiting breeders and adopters to go here. Could that be you?
Our own special community
The Akita Inu Club
Disclaimer: the views expressed on this page and any comments below are only a guide to typical traits and views on the breed. Individual circumstance and traits will always vary so we can be in no way responsible for any of the information provided.