Registration: All Akitas are registrable with the United Canine Association and eligible to participate in all UCA sanctioned dog shows and events.
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The United Canine Association recognized and began recording registration for the Akita in 2002.
Breed Characteristics: The Akita is the largest of the Japanese Spitz-type breeds.
The Akita is a large, powerful, and alert dog with much substance and heavy bone.
The Akita's head is broad and triangular in shape with a deep muzzle.
The Akita's eyes are small and triangular in shape. The Akita's ears are erect and carried forward in line with the back of neck, which is characteristic of the breed.
A large single or double curled tail, balancing the broad head, is also characteristic of the Akita breed.
Akitas have webbed feet, which makes them very strong swimmers.
Country of Origin: The Akita is ingenious to the island of Honshu which is in the Akita region of Japan. The Akita is considered Japan's national dog.
Original Purpose: Historically the Akita has been a versatile breed that has been used for many different purposes. Akitas were first used as an Imperial guard dog. Akitas have also been used as sporting dogs, hunting dogs and as sled dogs.
Today's Uses: Police dogs, guardian and companion.
Weight: Akitas can range from 80 to 110 pounds.
Height: The Akita is approximately 24 - 28 inches tall at the shoulders.
Coat: Akitas have a double coat with a thick, protective undercoat that is soft but dense in texture. The Akitas outer coat is straight, waterproof and harsh in texture.
Color: The Akita can be any color including white, brindle and pinto, with or without a mask.
Temperament: Akitas can be docile, loyal and courageous companions that are affectionate with their own families but suspicious of strangers. Akitas make excellent guard dogs.
The Akita can be stubborn at times and require early socialization as puppies. Akitas are a active, independent, dignified, and bold breed that can be aggressive toward other dogs. Akitas are known to be very smart, courageous and naturally inquisitive.
The Akita is good with children if properly socialized as a young pup. Akitas be be aloof with unknown children.
With Pets: The Akita does well with pets if socialized when they are young, but Akitas may be aggressive towards other dogs and small animals.
Trainability: The Akita requires early obedience training as a puppy to prevent aggression against other dogs. Akitas are very intelligent but require firm and consistent training as the breed can be stub at times.
Activity Level: The Akita is a moderately active breed that enjoys plenty of daily exercise.
Life Expectancy: Akitas generally live to be an average of 10 - 12 years of age.