The exact origin of the Akita is not known but they were discovered in Japan where they became the National Dog of Japan. Akita’s were initially used in the fishing industry and then later as cattle dogs, guide dogs, police dogs and sled pullers. They are an immensely powerful and imposing breed with a massive chest and head, suggestive of a bear. Majestic in appearance, the Akita inspires immediate respect.


The most outstanding physical characteristics of the Akita are the uniquely positioned ears, rather small, erect and triangular, set to the side of the head and slanting forward, and the tail carried curled over the back. Their coat is coarse, harsh and dense. Their colours are brilliant and their markings are clearly defined.


Dignified, aloof and with a fearless temperament, the Akita is a no nonsense protector of the family and home and must be supervised with visitors and visiting children. Care must also be taken while walking your Akita as they tend to show dominance over other dogs.

Average lifespan

8 to 10 years


Akita’s moult two or three times a year during which time owners may find it difficult to have them inside the house; may need to do a bit of extra vacumming to keep on top of the hair.


Akita’s benefit from early socialisation and training in order to become a well behaved and valued family member. Training requires patience and understanding as the Akita has a very independent spirit.

Health Concerns

For the latest research in breed-related problems in Akita’s visit the University of Sydney’s LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.