The Akita is a large breed of dog originating from the mountainous regions of northern Japan. There are two separate varieties of Akita: a Japanese strain, commonly called Akita Inu or Japanese Akita, and an American strain, known as the Akita or American Akita.
Temperament: Bold & willful, naturally cautious with strangers but very loyal to their owners/family. They are alert, intelligent, and courageous. Prone to being aggressive toward other dogs, primarily those of the same sex. They are ideal for someone who will have them as the only pet in the house.
Weight: Male: 71 – 86 lbs (Adult, Japanese Akita), Female: 51 – 64 lbs (Adult, Japanese Akita)
Height: Male: 2.1 – 2.3 ft. (Adult, At the withers, Japanese Akita), Female: 1.9 – 2.1 ft. (Adult, At the withers, Japanese Akita)
Colors: There are different colors and color combinations in the American Akita, such as black, white, chocolate, a combination of color and white, or brindle. The Akita is double-coated, with the undercoat being very dense and plush; while the topcoat is short.
Litter Size: 3–12 puppies, avg. 7–8