Breed standards state that all dog breed coat colors are allowable in the American Akita, including pinto, all types of brindle, solid white, black mask, white mask, self-colored mask, even differing colors of under coat and overlay (guard hairs).
A honourable, ancient, Oriental breedAmerican Akita Puppies for Sale
3 to 12
Dogs: 75-120 pounds
Bitches: 75-110 pounds
Dogs: 26-28 inches
Bitches: 24-26 inches
AKC Working Dogs, FCI Group V.: Spitz and Primitive types, TKC Working
The Akita is a substantial breed for its height, with heavy bones. They have a large, bear-like head with erect, triangular ears set at a slight angle following the arch of the neck. The eyes of the Akita are small, dark, deeply set and triangular in shape.
The Akita takes its name from the Akita Region in Japan, where it was first bred. It was first used as an Imperial Guard Dog, before its strength and intelligence were put to use in fighting and hunting. It could bring down a bear, and had the swimming skills and soft mouth needed to retrieve waterfowl. Today, the Akita is still used in police and army work.
The Akita is generally seen as territorial about its property, and can be reserved with strangers. It is sometimes described as feline in its actions; it is not unusual for an Akita to clean its face after eating, to preen its kennel mate, and to be fastidious in the house. They are known to be intolerant of other dogs of the same sex, as stated in the AKC breed standard.
The Akita is said to be careful, courageous, fearless, and intelligent. Sometimes spontaneous, it needs a confident, consistent handler, without which the dog will be very willful and may become very aggressive to other dogs and animals.
Akitas have thick double coats, and tight, well knuckled cat-like feet. Their tails are carried over the top of the back in a gentle or double curl down the loin. Grooming them should be an easy process. They are fairly heavy shedders and can go heavier than normal two to three times per year.
Akitas are very health dogs, but may suffer from hip dysplasia, and nervous and auto immune diseases. To help prevent the chance of hip or elbow dysplasia developing make sure your dog is on a healthy, well proportioned diet, and avoid excessive running and jumping while still a puppy as this can be hard on the developing joints. Because of their small eye size ingrowing lashes may occur (though this usually corrects itself after puppyhood). There are also cases of dwarfism.
The Akita is happiest in a large yard, though it can manage in an apartment if it gets moderate but regular exercise. Because of its thick coat, it will be uncomfortable in warm environments.
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