He was bred as a hunting dog in the Northern mountains of Japan
He's a designated National Monument in Japan
The first Akita was brought to the United States in 1937
Personality and Behavior
He's very loyal, devoted, and affectionate with his human family
He's good natured and carries himself with dignity
He's a powerful dog with plenty of stamina
He's dominant and aggressive with other dogs, especially dogs of the same sex
He has a strong prey-drive so is prone to chase and torment smaller pets
He has lots of courage
He can be reserved around strangers
He will fastidiously clean himself when he is dirty
He's highly alert but isn't a big barker
He is very possessive of his food (children and other dogs should stay away from him while he's eating)
His independent streak can make him unreliable off-leash
His intimidating look makes him a good guard dog
He's not easy to train. You will need patience as he is slower than most to learn obedience commands.
He sheds profusely! You will find a lot of hair in your home - stuck to your couch, carpets and clothes - and to just about everything else. You will be vacuuming regularly.
Grooming / Maintenance
His medium-length coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds profusely you may find yourself brushing it a couple of times a week, or even daily, to reduce the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).