This striking working breed originated from the province of Akita in Japan and dates to the 1600s when, legend says, it was bred to hunt the Yezo bear which overran a small island there. Later given to the Emperor, the breed became a symbol of good luck throughout Japanese culture. This strong and dedicated breed not only protected their royalty, but also was used to hunt large game such as deer and wild boar and bear. Today, it is still considered a symbol of good luck in Japan to own an Akita. These dogs make popular companion dogs and are known for being alert, loyal and fearless, making them excellent watchdogs.
ORIGIN : Japan.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD : 13.03.2001.
UTILIZATION : Companion dog.
Group 5 Spitz and primitive type. Section 5 Asian Spitz and related breeds. Without working trial.
HEAD CRANIAL REGION :
FACIAL REGION :
Thick, round, arched and tight.
Resilient and powerful movement.
COAT HAIR :
Outer coat harsh and straight, undercoat soft and dense ; the withers and the rump are covered with slightly longer hair ; the hair on tail is longer than on the rest of the body.
All the above mentioned colours except white must have « urajiro ». (Urajiro = whitish coat on the sides of the muzzle, on the cheeks, on the underside of jaw, neck, chest, body and tail and on the inside of the legs).
Height at the withers : Dogs : 67 cm, bitches : 61 cm. There is a tolerance of 3 cm more or less.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS :
N.B.: • Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.