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UK KC Classification Utility
Country of Origin Japan
Date of Origin 1600s
Height 60 - 71 cm (24 - 28 inches)
Weight 34 - 50 Kgs (75 - 110 lbs)
Life Expectancy 10 - 12 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Akita are large powerfully built dogs. They have a soft undercoat and their outer coat is course, straight and stands off their body. They can be a variety of colours.


Akita are courageous, aloof dogs and can be difficult to obedience train.


If you are considering an Akita as a pet, consider the following points:
They are unsuitable with children
They thrive in cold temperatures
They require a lot of grooming
They are content to live and sleep outdoors
They are not easy to obedience train
They may be troublesome with other dogs

Interesting Facts

Akita are also known as:
Japanese Akita
Akita Inu
Akita Ken

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