Discovering the Akita Inu: All You Need to Know

Have you ever seen an Akita Inu? It is the best known Japanese breed, recognizable thanks to its strong physical stature and tan coat (although this can vary). This breed resembles a wolf in appearance, but there are also other related breeds such as the Shiba Inu that have very similar characteristics! No wonder they are so popular!

Akita Inu dog breed information

What information do we need to know to get started? The Akita Inu is a large breed with a height at the withers of 26 inches for males and 24 inches for females, a weight of about 78 pounds, coat colors of white, brindle, red, sesame, and black with white or brindle markings, and aptitudes of excellent guardian and excellent hunter.

The Akita Inu Japan's national dog

Perhaps, if you are not very up-to-date about the Japanese dog breeds, this name won't tell you anything. But... What if we mention the movie Hachi: A Dog's Tale? The thing changes, right? This dog became very popular after this movie and many of them were acquired based on the fame that the film reached. Apart from the phenomenon that was produced from the movie, in its country of origin (Japan), the Akita Inu has always been a highly valued breed and even venerated! Since it was considered a kind of "national treasure". On the other hand, as a curiosity, I want to tell you that it was also used as an amulet for good luck and fortune.

It is no surprise that it is part of the national heritage of Japan!

How to identify an Akita Inu?

To easily identify an Akita Inu, look for its large, muscular body with a strong chest and a proud stance. Its head is broad and hairy with a powerful neck. The Akita Inu's ears are pointed and its tail is long and fluffy and curls forward.

An Akita Inu's eyes usually have the slanted shape commonly seen in Asian countries and are usually a deep brown. The most common coat colors for this breed are red, sesame (red-fawn with black tips), brindle and white. However, for any coat color other than white, the Akita Inu must have Urajiro - a white fur pattern which appears on the sides of its muzzle, cheeks, under its jaw, chest, abdomen, under its tail, and on the inner parts of its limbs. Isn't this an interesting characteristic?

Related: What is the difference between Akita and Shiba Inu?

Akita Inu behavior

The Akita Inu is known for its reserved and shy nature, however, it can be extremely distrustful of strangers and often display dominance.

For this reason, it is important to socialize your Akita Inu from puppyhood to prevent any dominant behavior from developing.

This breed is best suited for a strong, experienced and patient owner, who will find the Akita Inu to be a loyal, protective, and intelligent companion.

If you have children at home, they will also benefit from having an Akita Inu as a playmate.

What are the most common health issues in the Akita Inu?

Although the Akita Inu is known for its good health, its life expectancy is only 12 years. Common health issues seen in this breed include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Immune system pathologies
  • Knee pathologies
  • Thyroid gland dysfunction

If your Akita Inu exhibits any of these symptoms, it is important to contact your veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment specific to your pet.

How do you take care of an Akita Inu?

Don't forget to take your Akita Inu out for exercise regularly! It is recommended to give him 20 minutes of physical activity each day to ensure both his physical and mental wellbeing. Even if you live in an apartment, the Akita Inu is highly adaptable and can easily live in that type of environment.

Related: The 10 Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living 

It is important to brush them regularly in order to keep their coat looking its best. Don't forget to give your pup some extra TLC!

The Akita Inu is a breed that is sure to be loved and appreciated by those who choose to share their lives with one. With their distinctive look, noble character, and long history, the Akita Inu is an excellent choice for any family.

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