The loyalty of the Akita is legendary in its Japanese homeland. A dog called Hachiko used to walk back and forth to a railway station near Tokyo with its owner every day. When the man died at work, the Akita continued its daily journey for the remainder of its life, in the hope that one day its master would return. On Hachiko’s demise, a statue was erected in his memory, with the Akita itself being declared a ‘national monument’ in Japan. This ensures that financial support is available for people who may no longer be able to afford to care for a breed champion.
Coat Type/Colour: Fluffy; wide variety
Height: 20 – 27 Inch (51 – 58.5 cm)
Weight: 77 – 88 lb (35 – 40 kg)
Nature: very powerful, slightly stubborn
The Akita’s origins date back to the seventeenth century. It was first bred in the province of Akita, located on the island of Honshu, from spitz stock. They were developed as hunting dogs and trained to work in pairs. Akitas started to become popular in the United States during the 1950s, with a specialist breed club being founded here in 1956. They have also gained a strong following in Britain during recent years.
Akitas (which resemble Chow Chows, to a certain extent) are very powerful dogs with a stubborn streak and therefore they must be properly trained, otherwise the slightly dominant and aggressive streak in their natures can become evident. They will be content with a good walk every day, and their coat is easy to keep in condition by regular brushing.