The two separate varieties of Akita are a pure Japanese strain, called Akita Inu or Akita-ken, and a larger mixed strain, commonly referred to as the American Akita. The Akita is known for being an intelligent, bright, yet reserved and possessive dog. However, they should not be fearful or aggressive, but an Akita should be dignified, courageous and affectionate. He defends his family without hesitation, which in short means that he is an excellent guard dog. Today, the Akita has become a popular dog breed in the UK and elsewhere in the world, and for good reason, because when well socialised, he makes a wonderful companion and family dog. The breed originated in Japan, where it has always been highly regarded not only for its dignified, proud appearance, but also for its loyalty and devotion to its owners.
Read our Akita Buying Advice page for information on this dog breed.