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Below you will find the Akita Breed Standards and requirements for this breed in the major Dog Kennel Clubs such as UKC and the AKC.

  • Overall Appearance: The Akita is a powerful, alert, heavy boned, and large dog that does not lack substance. The head of the Akita forms a blunt triangle, with a deep muzzle and small, deep eyes. The ears are erect, making a perfect line carried from the back of the neck. The tail is chick and curled, perfectly aligned with the head and neck of this dog.
  • Head: The head of the Akita is large, but in proportion with the body. Skin is tight with no wrinkles when in the relaxed state. The skull is flat, and when viewed from above should form almost a perfect blunt triangle. The muzzle is full and broad. The stop is well defined, but not entirely abrupt. The nose should be black, unless on a lighter color coat. The ears are fully erect, again forming a perfect blunt triangle. Ears are set far apart, but carried high upon the skull. Eyes are triangular and dark brown. The lips and the rims of the eyes are black. Tongue should be pink.
  • Neck and Body: The body of the Akita is longer than it is tall. This breed is short and broad. The Akita’s chest is wide and reaches down to its elbows. The neck of this dog is a majestic form, similar to a draft horse.
  • Tail: The Akita’s tail is massive and full, set high and carried over back or against flank in a three quarter curl.
  • Forequarters and Hindquarters: The shoulders are strong and powerful with very little
    layback. Forelegs are thick boned and straight as viewed from front. Hindquarters and upper thighs are muscular and well developed. The Akita’s feet are tight and strong, comparable to the feet of a cat.
  • Coat: The coat is double coated. with a thick, soft, dense undercoat which is shorter than the outer coat. Outer coat. The fur on the head, legs, and ears it short with a manicured appearance.
    straight, harsh and standing somewhat off body
  • Color:  The Akita should can be white, brindle, or pinto and free of any blaze or masks on the face or muzzle. The outer coat and undercoat can be two different colors.
  • Gait: The gait is fast and powerful. The stride is of average length.
  • Size: Males are 26 to 28 inches at the withers; bitches 24 to 26 inches.
  • Temperament: The Akita is an alert and courageous working dog. This breed will typically not tolerate other dogs, especially of the same gender. They do well with children and are social with people.

Akita Breed History

The Akita was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972. They are believed to have originated from the Japanese island of Honshu. The breed was initially called the Odate Dog.

List of Akita Breeders

Below is a list of Akita Breeders, check back often for new kennels.