Akita Inu

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Life expectancy

The Akita Inu has a life expectancy of between 11 and 15 years




Adult size

Female Between 23 and 25 in
Male Between 25 and 28 in

Adult weight

Female Between 62 and 75 lb
Male Between 71 and 88 lb
Coat colour
White Red
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Akita Inu costs between £530 and £920

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More details about the Akita Inu

Akita Inu: Origins and history

The Akita Inu is an ancient dog, originally from the mountainous regions of the Akita prefecture in Japan. First a hunter of wild boar, this breed then became a fighting and guard dog. Nowadays in Japan, it is considered a ‘national treasure’, part of the list of Japanese traditions to defend and preserve. There were two bloodlines originally: Dewa and Ichinoseki. The first, which showed clear Molossoid and cross-breeding signs, was bred in America to create the “American Akita”; the second, which resembled the original breed much more closely, was chosen by the Japanese as the ideal variety and is now the Akita Inu that we all know today.

FCI classification of the Akita Inu

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 5 : Asian Spitz and related breeds

Training a Akita Inu

Don’t trust blindly in its appearance; the Akita’s placid personality can sometimes hide its fiery and stubborn side. Akitas quickly understand and assimilate what is being asked of them, but can come up with strategies to avoid obedience if they perceive the commands as incoherent or unfair. 
Neither playful or particularly greedy, a good relationship is most likely what will encourage this dog to cooperate with its master. If there’s a lack of trust, then the training will suffer. 

Training should be soft and gentle so as to not perturb this sensitive dog, but should equally be firm to keep the animal in check. The Akita puppy should start training from a very young age to avoid picking up bad habits.

You will need to keep engaging the Akita puppy with its training during the first few months of its life, despite the many distractions that will undoubtedly be much more interesting to a puppy than training sessions.

Akita Inu: Purchase price

The price of an Akita Inu varies depending on its origins, age and sex. You should budget around £920 for a dog registered with the KC. 

As for your monthly budget, you should set aside around £40 to £60 to cover all of its grooming and nutrition needs.

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