The Japanese Akita Inu is a one-of-a-kind canine character. We’ll be upfront and say that the Akita Inu may not be the best choice for a family dog – it can be trained to behave around children with a firm hand but doesn’t respond well to being provoked. However, with an experienced and older owner, this large breed is dignified, courageous, and faithful to the max. The complex coat requires regular grooming.
Breed Group: Utility
Coat length: Medium
Exercise: More than 2 hours per day
Grooming required?: At least once a week
The Japanese Akita Inu breed was separated from the Akita in 2006. The two breeds are distinguished by their size and colourings, with the Japanese Akita Inu being more lightweight and supposedly closer to the original Japanese breed.
The average life expectancy of the Japanese Akita Inu is 11-15 years.
Health problems can include hip dysplasia, knee trouble, immune diseases and thyroid issues.
Japanese Akita Inu Characteristics
The natural-born leader
There’s no two ways about it: Japanese Akita Inus are wilful, but with firm leadership they work well in families and are fiercely protective of children. With consistent training, they will respect their owners and grow into loving and affectionate pets. Care is needed around other animals and unknown humans. This breed is reported to make an exceptional guard dog.
Exercise, exercise, excercise
This breed gets bored easily, so the secret to a happy and well-adjusted Japanese Akita Inu is lots of mental and physical exercise – up to two hours a day – in the form of walks and playtime.
Japanese Akita Inus are difficult to train.
Despite being tough to train, Japanese Akita Inus are surprisingly clean and easy to housebreak.
Where to find Japanese Akita Inus
Japanese Akita Inu Groups
Adopt a Japanase Akita Inu
Japanase Akita Inu Breeders
Ready for the challenges and rewards of owning one of these majestic dogs? Find an approved Japanese Akita Inu breeder.