History of the breed:
Originally Japanese dogs were small or medium sized, large breeds
were not noticed. Since 1603 medium sized dogs named Akita Matagi
were used for bear hunting as well as for dog fights in the
district Akita. Since 1868 Matagi were interbred with Tosa Inu and
Mastiffs, as a result breed's sizes increased, but the features of
Shpitz type disappeared.
In 1908 the dog fights were prohibited, but nevertheless the breed
was preserved and improved, and became a breed of Japanese large
dogs. As a result in 1931, nine prominent representatives of the
breed were called "Natural Monuments".
During the Second World War (1939 - 1945) dog's coat was often
used for military garments. By order of police all dogs were
captured and seized, only German Shepherds were used for military
purposes. Some dog owners tried to circumvent the order by
cross-breeding their dogs with German Shepherd.
By the end of World War II, the number of Akita decreased
dramatically. In addition, there appeared three distinct in breed
types: Matagi Akita, fighting Akitas and Shepherd Akitas. As a
result, the breed development was very complex and confusing.
During the recovery of the livestock of the purebred Akita after
the war ended, short-term, though considerable popularity has
received the male from Dewa line, named Kongo-go. Mastiff and
German Shepherd influence was traced in his exterior as well.
Nevertheless, reasonable and educated breed fans didn't consider
him a type of genuine Japanese breed, that's why they exerted all
efforts to eliminate the influence of foreign breeds and to
restore the original pure bred by mating with Matagi Akita. They
managed to get a stable stock of large Japanese dog breed just in
the same type, as they are known today.
Country of origin:
A large dog of strong and powerful build, with well balanced
nature. Secondary sex characters are strongly pronounced. The dog
has a noble appearance, modesty and self-respect.
Height and weight:
Height at withers: males - 25 - 27 inches (64 - 70 cm); females -
23 - 25 inches (59 - 64 cm).
The average weight is 88 - 110 lbs (40 - 50 kg).
Moderately long. Index of lengthiness: 110-111.
Coat is hard and straight, undercoat is soft and thick. Hair is
somewhat longer on the withers, sacrum and tail in comparison to
the other part of body.
Any color except black. Possible colors include white, brindle,
spotted, piebald - with or without mask (white dogs don't have
mask), or with the blaze on the snout. The colors are pure and
bright, spots are clear, evenly distributed. Spotted
representatives have evenly arranged spots covering head and more
than one-third of the body. Undercoat may vary in color from the
Massive, but matching the body in the shape of a blunt wedge. When
the dog is calm the skin is wrinkle-free. The skull is flat and
wide. Forehead is slightly convex, divided in the middle with the
shallow furrow. The stop is well pronounced but not abrupt. The
snout is wide, strong and has a great depth. The ratio of snout
length to the skull length is two to three. The nose is wide and
black, Akita of white color has liver nose, but preferably
They are small in comparison with head. Ears are pricked on strong
cartilages. Stretched forward ear should reach the upper edge of
the eyelid. The ears are triangular, slightly rounded on the ends,
wide at the base. The ears are set on wide, but not too low, at
the level of withers, slightly tilted forward over the eyes.
Eyes are small, deep-set, moderately situated and have triangular
shape and brown color, but walnut color is allowed as well.
Eyelids are black and adjoin closely.
Thick and muscular, without dewlap and is proportional to the
The lips are thick and tight, of black color. The tongue is pink.
The jaws are square, powerful and strong. Teeth are large, white,
complete. Bite is of scissors type.
Withers are pronounced, dry, goes in a straight line back. The
blade-bones are strong, powerful and sloping. The back is
straight, wide, strong and muscular. The loin is strong and
muscular, slightly reached. The croup is wide, muscular and
Broad, deep and large. The depth of chest equals half of the
height at the withers. The ribs are well rounded.
Well tucked up.
Big and thick and high-set. The base of the tail is strong. The
tail is carried over back or side and curled to three quarter of
the one or double curl. The end of the tail falls down far enough
to one side. Tail bone reaches hock when let down.. The hair on
the tail is coarse, straight and thick.
The limbs (front and rear):
Forelimbs have massive bone structure and straight. Elbows have a
backward direction and are close to the body, directly set under
the withers. The forearms are straight and vertical. The pasterns
are strong. The paws are are cat type, oval, with thick pads,
pointed straight ahead.
Hind limbs are muscular and have massive bone structure. The
thighs are thick and sturdy. Moderately-angulated stifle. Metatarsi
are low and parallel to each other.
Akita Inu has is a truly oriental nature - sometimes totally calm,
balanced, and a moment later - active. Very self-reliant,
independent, proud, but faithful. Akita has a majestic, noble
appearance and character, full of dignity and certain mystique.
Hunting dog In the past, Akita at the right time gets out of its
usual passive state, mobilizes all power and protects its owner.
It combines power and obedience. Akita will not disturb with
causeless barking - it will prate only for a serious reason,
because it is very reasonable.
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