American Akita

American Akita is a dog breed originating from Japan where it was bred for hunting and guarding. Dogs of this breed are large in size, yet they display great agility, speed, and special endurance. One of the distinctive characteristics of the breed is its broad head, shaped like an obtuse triangle.

General details

The breed has a large size and a balanced structure. Males can weigh between 44 and 59 kg, while females range between 32 and 45 kg. The height for males is between 66 and 71 cm, and for females, between 61 and 66 cm. Their life expectancy is 10 to 14 years. They belong to Group 5 of the FCI, which includes Spitz and primitive type dogs.

Breed history in brief

The origins of the American Akita can be traced back to the Akita Inu, which was bred in Japan for hunting and fighting. After the end of World War II, some American military personnel stationed in Japan brought several dogs to the United States. These dogs were crossed with breeds such as the German Shepherd and Great Dane to obtain robust and powerful-looking dogs. Over time, the American Akita developed a distinct appearance and behavior from the Akita Inu. For this reason, in 1956, the American Kennel Club recognized the American Akita as a distinct breed from the Akita Inu. Today, the breed remains an excellent working dog but also a loving companion animal. However, it is a relatively rare breed.

Breed characteristics

The American Akita is a large dog with an imposing appearance due to its broad and muscular body. Its head is large and wide, shaped like an obtuse triangle with a strong jaw. The eyes are relatively small and dark-colored; and its ears are erect. The tail is strong, furry, and curled. The coat of the American Akita is thick and slightly rough, with a dense undercoat that serves as thermal insulation against the cold, distinguishing it from the coat of the Akita Inu. The breed can show different colorations such as black, white, brindle, and fawn, and sometimes has a black mask. American Akitas are characterized by their imposing and striking appearance, yet they are also kind and loyal, making them excellent companion animals for those who can provide them with proper attention and training. They are also notable for their agility, endurance, and intelligence. They have a dominant character, which is why they can sometimes show some disobedience.

Common health problems

The American Akita breed has a certain predisposition to suffer from some diseases or disorders that can affect their health. The most common conditions in this breed are progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, gastric dilatation-volvulus, and uveodermatologic syndrome.

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