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Also referred to as Akita Inus or Japanese Akitas

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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All About Akitas

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Average Height & Weight

The Akitas is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 25 to 28 inches.

Weight: 85 to 130 pounds.

Females – Height: 23 to 26 inches.

Weight: 65 to 110 pounds.

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Typical Coloring

Akitas are commonly white, brindle or pinto.






Akitas are quiet dogs who are extremely protective of their families. They enjoy being the leader of the pack and can be domineering, though they will act obediently when given proper training. Stubborn and tenacious, Akitas are very demonstrative of their feelings toward their families.




Activity Level

Akitas, a medium-energy breed, require vigorous daily exercise in the form of a run or a hard workout in the backyard. Akitas can become restless and difficult if they don’t receive enough activity.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

10 to 12 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for Akitas include canine hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. Elbow dysplasia, pemphigus, sebaceous adenitis and gastric torsion are less common but still occur within the breed, while patellar luxation and entropion are seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Akitas have a low tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates.





Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Though they can be loving and loyal, Akitas are not the ideal fit for every family. They must be supervised around young children, and they may clash with their masters if not properly trained. They can also be aggressive toward other dogs. They are friendly toward other household pets.




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