"Tender in heart and
strong in strength."
entered into Regular Classes per AKC: April 4, 1973
The Akita is one of seven breeds designated as a
national monument in his native country of Japan. In
July 1931, the government of Japan designated the Akita
breed as a national monument and as one of Japan's
The Akita is a powerfully built dog originally developed
to hunt bears in Japan. The Japanese now use the Akita
as a guard dog and police dog.
Club of America was founded in 1956.
In Japan they are affectionately regarded as loyal
companions and pets, protectors of the home and a symbol
of good health. When a child is born, the proud family
will usually receive a small statue of an Akita
signifying health, happiness and a long life. If a
person is ill, friends will send a small statue of an
Akita to express their wish for a speedy recovery.
The renowned Helen Keller is credited with bringing the
first Akitas into the United States.
The Akita is loyal to family and friends and is
unusually tolerant and patient with children, but is
reserved and aloof with strangers. A fenced yard is a
must for Akita owners.
His double coat is thick and warm and is shed twice a
(Courtesy of the
Jolene & Flo - first at
ages 9 and 1, then at ages 21 and 13!!
(right) and her friend Kathy Dewees -- education is a
key part of being a good Akita owner and Jolene assists
with the ARWNY cause of rescue, education, and health!
Jolene with her special
friend Radar -- a registered therapy dog and Canine Good
Citizen! Akitas are working dogs found not only in the
show ring (Radar is a champion) but in all aspects of a
working dogs life!
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