American Akita

American Akita Dog Breed
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The American Akita dog breed is a spitz dog breed that has some unique bear like expressions.  They’re very cool looking dogs and descendants of the Japanese Akita.  When we look at the history of the American Akita we see that they were originally from Japan.  They were bred in the Akita region of Japan.  This region is very mountainous and has the longest mountain range in all of Japan.  This explains their thicker coats of fur.  These thick coats of fur are very common among spitz dog breeds. 

Additionally, they were brought to the United States around the World War 2 time frame.  They were brought back from Japan by American soldiers fighting in World War 2.  They were so impressed by the Akita’s capabilities that they felt the need to bring them back.  That shows how cool of a dog breed the American Akita really is.  The capabilities that impressed these soldiers the most included hunting many large wild mammals.

Is the American Akita for you?

The American Akita dog breed is very friendly around people and for this reason don’t make very good watchdogs.  However, you can’t always be certain with how your Akita was bred and raised early in their lives.  For this reason you need to make sure that your American Akita knows that they must be comfortable with people.  Showing the Akita who’s in charge is also critical or else they might run your life.  So training and teaching them commands early in their lives is very important.  This way they know who is in charge and it is easier to train them further later in their lives.

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Another factor to monitor is how well they interact with other animals.  American Akita’s can sometimes be a little bit aggressive with some other dogs.  This is especially apparent when talking about dogs of the same sex.  If you are planning on getting an American Akita and want them to get along with other animals you must acclimate them first.  If they only encounter other dogs or animals when they are older they may get aggressive.  Overall, American Akita’s are open to being trained.  If you treat them right and can establish yourself as in charge you  should have a well behaved dog.  This breed is likely better off with more experienced owners though. 

American Akita’s don’t have a ton of energy compared to most dog breeds.  While it is important to give them a steady rhythm of activities for exercise you won’t need to take them out as much as say an Afghan Hound.  American Akita’s also tend to shed quite a bit with their thick coats of fur and if you want an extremely clean home is something that you need to take into account.     

Based on these characteristics, we give the American Akita a rating of 6 out of 10 on our Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker.

Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker
Amer. Akita 6 of 10

The Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker takes into account several characteristics of each breed. Items considered are:

  • Willingness to be Trained
  • How Comfortable they are around People
  • Ability to live in a Household Environment.

Physical Characteristics

The American Akita dog breed is one that is quite large in personality and physical size.  When measured at the shoulder standing on all fours they range between 24 and 28 inches.  This makes them quite imposing at times for smaller dogs. 

In addition, the American Akita’s weight range is quite wide.  You can find some American Akita’s that will weigh 70 pounds.  Or some that will weigh up to 130 pounds.  All of this will depend on multiple factors such as how much they are fed, genetics, and gender.  Female American Akitas tend to weigh less than their male counterparts.

Final Thoughts

The American Akita is a great dog especially if you live in a cooler climate.  We don’t particularly recommend them for households that have other pets.  This will usually lead to some conflict with your American Akita.  They are good dogs though that like to be trained and enjoy the company of people a lot.  So if you do end up buying an American Akita treat them with the love and respect that they deserve.

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