Ease of Training
Guard Dog


  • 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!).

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