View Akita Profile
Dog Group: Working Group
Activity Needs: Regular Exercise
Barking Level: When Necessary
Coat Type: Long
Breed Size: Large (61-100Lbs)
Training Level: Easy Training
Characteristics: Best Family Dogs, Best Dog Breeds For Kids, Best Dog Breed For Seniors
Shedding Levels: Seasonal
The Akita—a big, self-respecting dog breed from the working class—has origins in Japan, where they are considered a national treasure. Initially trained to hunt wild boar and even bears in the mountains, the well-developed Akita is courageous and determined. While he isn’t especially common in the U.S., the Akita quickly demonstrates to those who decide to adopt him or her that he is really a loyal family companion when well-trained.
Beneath the Akita’s self-respecting demeanor is a playful and loving side reserved for his/her owners. “When you look at it, it’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, how cute, how fluffy, it’s so quiet,'” says Baruch Caballero, DVM, an emergency veterinarian at the Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, Ill. It’s important to do your research before bringing home any breed, including the big, furry Akita.