Akita Dog Breed Information

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Weight: 75-119 pounds
Height: 24-26 inches
Coat: course straight with a soft undercoat
Litter size: about eight puppies
Lifespan: 11-15 years

The Akita is a member of the working dog group. Originally thought to come from Japan it is one of the rare breeds to have come from Japan.

In Japan it was used as a fighting dog, and it did not show up in United States until 1937. Actually, Helen Keller was the first woman to own an Akita in America after she returned from Japan.

It wasn't until after World War II when the Akita gained popularity with troops returning home from the war in Asia.

Overall the Akita is a very independent dog and is very loyal. It is actually one of the best watchdogs that you can own and will protect its family at all costs.

If you want to own this dog it is good to own a large house with a big yard as Akitas need lots of room to move around. Is not recommended for families with very small children.


The Akita comes in five colors, red, fawn, sesame, brindle, and pure white. These dogs do not have black masks as seen in the American Akita. Their coat is coarse and straight and they have a very soft undercoat.

Health Concerns

The Akita is a very healthy dog that lives on average 10-12 years. This dog actually has a very small heart for its size, and therefore extra precautions should be used when using anesthesia.

Other big health concerns are gastric dilatation volvulus, or bloat. Signs of this include gating are ratcheting, a distended abdomen, or weakness, and collapse.

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