Japan, 5000 v. Chr.
The Akita is the largest of the Japanese Spitz-type breeds. It's a powerful, solid, muscular, well-proportioned and distinctive looking dog with a flat, heavy head and strong, short muzzle. This breed has webbed feet and is a very strong swimmer. Originally the Akita Inu was bred to fight and hunt bears, it looks beautiful, but its not a dog for the novice dog owner.
Coats can be of any color including pure white, red and sesame without clear borders. A black mask is forbidden.
Its double coat is composed of a thick, soft undercoat and a harsh, waterproof outer coat. As bathing removes the natural waterproofing of the coat bathe only when absolutely necessary. Akita sheds heavily twice a year.
It’s sensitive to vision problems, night blindness, inward rolling lids, hip dysplasia and anesthesia. To minimize the risk of your Akita developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy an Akita puppy from a reputable Akita breeder.