American Akita

Other name: Akita

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Life expectancy

The American Akita has a life expectancy of between 10 and 12 years



Adult size

Female Between 24 and 26 in
Male Between 26 and 28 in

Adult weight

Female Between 99 and 132 lb
Male Between 99 and 132 lb
Coat colour
Black White Brown Blue Red
Type of coat
Short Long
Eye colour

Purchase price

The American Akita costs between £510 and £780

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More details about the American Akita

American Akita: Origins and history

Originally, their history coincides with that of the Japanese Akita. From the 17th century, in the region of Akita, Akitas Matagis (or bear hunting dogs) were used as fighting dogs. From 1968, they were crossed with Tosa and Mastiff, which increased their size at the expense of other characteristics specific to Spitz-type dogs. During the Second World War, the police were ordered to capture all dogs (except German Shepherds) to make military clothing. Thus, many breeders tried to circumvent this law by simply breeding their dogs with German Shepherds. In fact, at the end of the war, three types of Akitas were distinguished, despite their numbers being significantly reduced: Matagis Akitas, Combat Akitas and Akitas/German Shepherds. It was then that many dogs were taken to the United States to further develop this breed. The first American Akita was born in 1956 and was first registered in 1972. Since then, Japan and the USA have never managed to agree on the origins of the paternity of the breed. Thus, nowadays, the American Akita and the Japanese Akita are very different, as no new Japanese blood has been integrated into that of the American Akita.

FCI classification of the American Akita

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 5 : Asian Spitz and related breeds

Training a American Akita

The American Akita is not a ‘working’ dog, so it doesn’t have the same ability to learn as a Sheepdog for example. They are sometimes stubborn, or rather very opportunistic, and do not appreciate constraints or obligations. Therefore it is important to take their personality into account when choosing training methods.
As a trainer, perseverance, self-confidence, patience and consistency are needed to achieve the desired results. Training sessions should be kept short, playful and regular as they quickly tire of repetition.
Mutual trust between the dog and their master is essential in order to achieve cooperation. If there is a lack of trust, then it will be very difficult to get the desired results.
Brutal methods of training are to be avoided because they will hinder the relationship between the dog and their master. A positive approach to training must be taken, whilst remaining firm and consistent.
However, do not expect the American Akita to be obedient. If they sense a lack of consistency, they will not obey commands. When they do decide to obey a command, it will be as and when they want and in their own time.

American Akita: Purchase price

American Akitas price varies according to their origin, age and sex. On average, the price of a pedigree dog is £780.
It will cost, on average, £60/month to meet the needs of this dog (quality food and health care etc)

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