Breed At A Glance: Akita - Wagr Petcare

    Breed At A Glance: Akita


    • Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
    • Size: Large
    • Maintenance Level: High
    • Shed Level: High
    • Temperament: Loyal, Courageous, Dignified
    • Friendliness: Moderate
    • Barking Tendency: Low
    • Coat Colours: Varies, including white, brindle, and pinto

    Best For

    • Suitable for families with a firm, consistent training approach
    • Best in homes with enough space and a cooler climate


    • Sturdy and muscular build
    • Known for plush, curled tails
    • Average height ranges from 24 to 28 inches
    • Weight ranges from 30 to 60 kg
    • Colours: White, Brindle, Pinto, and others


    • Independent and strong-willed
    • Originally bred for big game hunting and protection, now also used as police dogs
    • Protective and can be reserved with strangers
    • Requires early socialisation and training

    Care Guide

    • Grooming: Requires frequent brushing, especially during shedding seasons
    • Training: Early and consistent training is essential
    • Diet & Nutrition: Large-breed dog food; monitor feeding to maintain healthy weight
    • Exercise: Needs regular exercise but be mindful of joint health
    • Ideal Environment: Cooler climate, spacious indoor environment


    • Hip Dysplasia: Common in large breeds; regular vet checks and weight management are important
    • Hypothyroidism: Monitor thyroid levels; may require medication
    • Joint Issues: May need supplements or special diets for joint health
    • Regular health screenings, including PennHIP for hip dysplasia, are advisable

    Additional Information

    • Types: American Akita and Japanese Akita (Akita Inu)
    • Not ideal as primarily outside dogs due to sensitivity to heat
    • Can be good family dogs with proper training and socialisation
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