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Akita (Japanese)

Group: Utility (Group 6)
Club: Utility Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 6)
Contact: Mr Arthur Fry
Phone: 9740 8788

Brief History

Originally Japanese dogs were small to medium in size and no large breeds existed.  Since 1603 in the Akita region, Akita Matagis (medium-sized bear-hunting dogs) were used as fighting dogs.  From 1868 Akita Matagis were crossed with Tosas and Mastiffs. Consequently, the size of this breed increased but characteristics associated with spitz type were lost. In 1908 dog fighting was prohibited, but this breed was nevertheless preserved and improved as a large Japanese breed. When World War II ended, Akitas had been drastically reduced in number and existed as three distinct types; Matagi Akitas, fighting Akitas, and shepherd Akitas.  This created a very confusing situation in the breed.

Average Life Span

When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.

The average life span is 10 to 15 years.


The Akita Japanese is composed, faithful, docile and receptive.

General Breed Description

The Akita Japanese is a large breed, sturdily built, with plenty of substance, erect ears, small eyes and a curled tail. The breed is healthy, alert, active and very well suited to both indoors and outdoors. Very clean, quick to learn and great to live with, the Akita Japanese will adapt to almost any lifestyle. The colours are red fawn, sesame (red fawn hairs with black tips), brindle and white.

Coat and Care Requirements

The Akita Japanese does not have a doggy odour and is exceptionally clean. Coat maintenance is moderate, but it is recommended he has a bath and is dried with a good dog dryer every few months. The Akita will drop almost his entire coat once or twice a year and during this time grooming is essential. It is recommended that you bath and blow dry the coat to help the process.


Height: Males 64 to 70cms, Females 58 to 64cms.


All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Akita Japanese is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally.


This breed makes a great family dog but must have a yard with secured fencing. He is very happy both indoors and outdoors.

In Conclusion

Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

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