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The bold and intelligent Akita shows unequaled loyalty to his family.
Height: 24 to 28 inches at shoulder
Weight: 70 to 130 pounds (males average 85 to 130 pounds, females average 70 to 110 pounds)
Coat: thick and short/medium
Life span: 10 to 12 years or more
Breed Group: Working Dogs
The Akita is a large and powerful dog with a noble and intimidating presence. He was originally used for guarding royalty and nobility in feudal Japan. The Akita also tracked and hunted wild boar, black bear, and sometimes deer. He is a fearless and loyal guardian of his family. The Akita does not back down from challenges and does not frighten easily. Yet he is also an affectionate, respectful, and amusing dog when properly trained and socialized.
Akita profile on DogTime.com
General Characteristics
Amount of shedding
Apartment appropriate
Dog friendly
Ease at being home alone
Heat tolerance
Predatory tendencies
Potential for weight gain
Compatible with kids
Easy to groom
Good for novice owners