Resembling the Chow Chow of China, this Japanese dog, called Akita or Akita Inu but they are short or medium haired animals. It is similar to three dogs found in Japan but is the largest of them. The Akita Inu has very distinctive features and boasts a large head which is broad and flat. The mouth and jaw are long but remain in proportion to the head. The teeth shut in a level bite and the ears are short, wide at the base and stand upright. The tail is carried high and usually curls over the back to one side. It has a powerful body with a deep, wide chest and with little abdominal tuck-up. The legs and feet are strong and have slightly sloping pasterns. The Akita Inu has dark eyes with tightly fitting lids. The double coat has slightly harsh, bristly outer fur and a soft, thick undercoat. The colours are never clearly defined on this fine dog.

Temperament :

It was predominantly used in Japan as a guard dog and was taken to America and more recently to Mexico after impressing the people that noticed this fine breed. It is extremely intelligent and faithful. Being a very docile and loyal dog to humans, it can become quite aggressive towards other dogs. If treated with respect, they will tend to respond admirably. It is renowned for its caring and affectionate nature towards its family.

Health issues :

This dog is fairly likely to develop skin conditions, hip dysphasia and thyroid diseases. Also knee problems are not uncommon amongst this breed.

Exercise :

In order to remain fit and healthy, this dog requires regular physical activity. Frequent walks and running through pars is ideal. Only moderate exercise is necessary though.

Life expectancy :

The life expectancy of this dog is around 10-12 years.

Grooming :

As this dog possesses a thick, short haired stiff coat, it requires constant grooming. Shedding and moulting fur heavily twice a year, this breed needs to be brushed with a firm bristle brush and washed only when it is absolutely essential as this can remove the natural waterproofing nature of the coat.