"Tender in heart and strong in strength."

Date 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 national treasures.

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.

The Akita 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 year.
(Courtesy of the AKC)

Jolene & Flo - first at ages 9 and 1, then at ages 21 and 13!!

Jolene (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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