Working Class

Photo courtesy of Akita Agility


Average Height(“‘s)
Average Weight (#’s)
Notes for owners
Double coat.  Sheds 2 times a year. Weekly
Aloof with strangers.  Needs fenced yard.  Obedience training and daily exercise.
Editorial help on this profile was supplied by Judy King of JP Teez

In Japan, where the bred originates, Akitas were given places of honor.  For a period of time, only members of the Imperial family or ruling aristocracy were allowed to own Akitas.  Originally bred for hunting and fighting, the modern Akita is a powerful animal with keen intellegence and a fearless spirit.  The first Akita was bought to the United States by Helen Keller on her return from a tour of Japan.

Akitas have short-coat, dense fur in two distinct layers.  Akita’s will “blow” their coat profusely twice a year, as well as occasional shedding in between.  The tail is large and full and often carried curled up and over the back.  Akitas come in several colors, the most popular are white, brindle or pinto.  (Brindle refer to a coat made of white, black, reddish brown seemingly equally mixed.  Pinto refers to a coat that is a predominant shade with white on the chest, legs, tail and underside.)  It has upright ears carried slightly forward.

Full grown, and Akita can weight well over 70 pounds.  This size and an independent nature suggests that early training and socialization is essential.  Akitas can be aggressive/dominant with other dogs.  Extremely loyal to his or her family, an Akita will defend his or her home when a stranger (person or animal) arouses his or her protective instincts.  Although they are large dogs they make extremely good house dogs, have no doggie oder, and like sleeping near their master’s bedroom.

These powerful dogs are not for everyone.  They require early and constant training, and exercise.  If you already have several other dogs or pets at home, an Akita may not be your wisest choice.

Accordingly the the AKC standard, Akitas ar large, powerful, alert dogs with much substance and heavy bone.  A large curled tail is a characteristic of the breed (a serious deviation is a serious fault and disqualifies a dog from the show ring).

The head of an Akita is “massive” and should appear to form a blunt triangle when seen from above.  Another characteristics of the breed are the ears which should be “strongly erect”, triangular ad small in relation to the rest of the head.

Akitas should have a wide and deep chest; strong, powerful shoulders with heavy-boned fore legs.  Males should stand 26 to 28 inches at the withers; bitches 24 to 26 inches.  Shorter males and females are disqualified from the show ring.  (“Withers” is a term which denotes the place on a dog’s back where the neck stops and shoulders begin.  It is the distance from the “withers” to the ground that determines how tall a dog is.)

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Description

The Akita Club of America

Akita Rescue Guide

Akita Ultimate Guide

The Akita Club of Canada

We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA ( ita408@comcast.net), and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.