Breed Group: Working
Weight: Male: 85-130; Female: 65-110 lbs
Height: Male: 25-28; Female: 23-26 inches
Color(s): Any color, including white, pinto, or brindle
The Akita originated in Japan. Unchanged for centuries, this breed is considered the national dog of Japan and a natural monument. They were highly prized, revered, and only owned by nobility and aristocracy. They were used in various capacities such as Imperial guards, hunter of bear and boar, and waterfowl retrieving. They are the largest of the Spitz-type breeds. Today, the Akita is a faithful companion, therapy dog, and guard dog.