Japanese Akita Inu

X-Large Size

Fluff monster

Not good for first time owners

The breed's loyalty is documented with the story of Hachiko – the Akita who waited nine years at a railway station for his owner to return. The Akita and Akita Inu were separated by the Kennel Club in 2006.

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

Brave, experienced owners who are serious about training and can handle super strong dogs.

Not the best for ...

Most people! Definitely not a breed for the faint hearted.

Aliases

Akita Inu, Japanese Akita

Cross between

None

Origin

Japan

Size

X-Large
So big people will take photos

Exercise Needs

High (Two hours or more)
Without sufficient mental and physical exercise will probably do the wall of death around the living room!

Coat

Double trouble!
There she blows. Dense undercoat that could stuff a mattress when you start combing it out.

Shedding

Fluff monster
Buy shares in Dyson - tell people you are wearing mohair if embarrassed

Life expectancy

11 years

Good first dog?

No

HOW IT WORKS

The first step in responsible dog ownership

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Match with a breeder

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