Alternative names: Akita-inu
Original origin: Japan
FCI group: Tip and dogs of the original type
size: up to 70cm
size: up to 65cm
Mass () : up to 50kg
Mass () : up to 40kg
Life expectancy: 8 - 14 years
litter size: 7 - 9
coat color: sesame-colored on the back, white on the belly
coat type: dense upper skin, soft undercoat
coat length: short to medium
Character / essenceConfident, calm, focused, intelligent
attitude: needs a lot of exercise
Akita - introduction information
Of the Akita is considered one of the most popular dog breeds and important national product in its native Japan, as it is closely interwoven with the country's culture. He is said to have descended from Nordic dogs, who immigrated to Japan with people from Arctic regions. The first historical evidence of its existence can be found in representations that were found on grave goods from the second century BC.
This ancient breed was originally bred for hunting purposes, especially for hunting bears and game. Because of his extremely self-confident nature, the Akita was also used as a guard dog and in dog fighting. Over the centuries, other breeds such as powerful mastiffs, German shepherd dogs, sled dogs or chow chows were crossed for different purposes, which gave the Akita its present appearance. Since the year 2000, a distinction is made between two independent recognized breeds, namely the Akita of the Japanese type and the American Akita, depending on the appearance, physique and breeding history.
Akitas are medium to large and strong dogs that reach a shoulder height of about 65 to 70 centimeters and a weight of up to fifty kilograms depending on the breed, whereby the males are slightly larger than the bitches. Are strong and muscular stature and have a dense and coarse, on the back usually sesame to beige, on the stomach, legs and tail and on the face white coat with a soft undercoat. Striking are the typical deep furrow on the forehead, the curled, pointing against the back of the tail and the small triangular ears.
Through its breeding history, the Akita has a very calm, almost stoical and yet very intelligent nature with a pronounced hunting instinct. He is also considered an excellent guard and watchdog. He is very self-confident, which is why he should be kept only by dogs experienced and sovereign people. As a loyal companion, he always strives to defend his family and is affectionate and patient in his dealings with children. He meets people outside of his family indifferently to arrogant, with other dogs he tolerates because of his dominant nature only bad. In order to be able to live out its natural hunting instinct, the Akita must be made possible in the course of long walks enough exercise in the nature, idealerwiese with prey games. He is easy to educate, but does not tolerate a hard and unjust hand, but requires respectful treatment on the part of his owner. With proper care and attitude of the Akita can reach an average age of twelve years.