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.