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Size: Large

Weight: 75 - 110 lbs.

Height: 24" - 28" "

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

Health Problems: Hyperthyroidism; pemphigus foliaceous

Origin: Ancient Japan

Also Known As: Akita Inu, Japanese Akita

Group: Northern Breed

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Akita needs moderate exercise.

Grooming Needs

Weekly brushing is required for your Akita.


The Akita is a bold, independent and stubborn breed.

Compatibility with Kids

Best when introduced to children as a puppy.


Named for the Akita province of Japan where this dog was used for hunting over 5,000 years ago.

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