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Akita General Appearance:
The Akita dog has a bear-like head, erect, triangular ears, and a large, powerful build. They have small, dark eyes and a tail that curves over their back. Depending on the gender, the Akita stands 24 to 28 inches tall and weighs between 70 and 130 pounds. Their thick double coat is similar to northern spitz breeds like the Siberian husky. While the Japanese Akita has a limited range of coat colors (red, fawn, sesame, white, or brindle), the American Akita's mask and coat color can be brown, brindle, fawn, red, silver, black, or a combination of these colors. Akitas are fairly heavy shedders, but they require minimal grooming.
There are two varieties of the Akita: the Japanese Akita ("Akita Inu"), which has a smaller frame and fox-like appearance, and the American Akita (known simply as the "Akita" and nicknamed in some countries the "Great Japanese Dog"), which has a larger build and more intimidating appearance. While the American Kennel Club considers the Japanese and American Akitas to be two varieties of the same breed, other countries consider them separate breeds.
Akita dogs are independent, loyal, territorial, and affectionate. They are playful with family members, including kids. Because they were originally bred in Japan as hunting dogs, they can be reserved around strangers and aggressive and territorial with other dogs — especially same-sex dogs or dogs that make prolonged eye contact.
The Akita dog breed has a strong hunting instinct and likes to climb and dig, so they're ideal for a family household with a high-fenced backyard. Akitas require a medium amount of exercise, so a daily walk or jog is sufficient exercise for them.
Akita Fun Fact:
The Akita was first introduced into the US after World War II, when US soldiers returned home with the bear-like fighting Akita. US soldiers preferred this Akita variety over the smaller, fox-like Akita-Inu, and it eventually became what we know as the American Akita.
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