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American Akita


American Akita profile

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Lifespan: 10-12 Years

Avg height: 61-71cm

Avg weight: 29-52kg

Coat type: Dense undercoat, with a harsh outer coat, with a thick bushy tail that curls over the back.

Coat colours: White, pinto, brindle.

Originally bred for: Large game hunting dog, dogfighting, guardian.

Breed traits: Intelligent, Bold, Stubborn, Tenacious, Loyal.


A little about the American Akita

Following World War II, the Japanese Akita returned with servicemen and eventually evolved into the American Akita. Similar, but slightly larger than the Japanese Akita, the American Akita is incredibly loyal to their owners, especially children. They are very protective of their loved ones and can be reserved with strangers and other dogs.




Health issues that owners of the American Akita need to be aware of include: Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Polyneuropathy (eg. Acquired Myasthenia Gravis), Von Willebrand's disease, Cataracts, Pemphigus Foliaceous, Uveodermatologic syndrome, Sebaceous Adenitis, Gastric Torsion (bloat), Cruciate Ligament Rupture, Osteosarcoma, Patellar Luxation, Epilepsy, and Renal Cortical Hypoplasia.

Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.