American Akita

Life expectancy

11 years

Age adult

32 months

Height (Shoulder height)

65 cm


50 kg

Coat texture

medium length / undercoat / dense

Coat color

red, falb color, white, brindle and spotted

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / allergies / skin diseases

Food expenses per month in €

about € 94

Suitable for children

Rather not

Needs a garden

Rather yes

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not




Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Medium grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


friendly / headstrong / loyal / attentive / reserved

Bred for

work dog / watchdog / Zughund (meist im zweier Gespann) / bear hunt

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / allergies / skin diseases

Dog type according to FCI

spitz and primitive types

FCI description

Many dogs of this group were kept as guard, hat, hunt, or sled dogs. They are considered to be very strong-willed and often less affectionate than other breeds. Many have a pronounced territorial consciousness and get along with same-sex conspecifics less well. They are often not easy to educate and only participate in things they consider useful.

So if you want a cuddly family dog that does every trick, you wont be happy here. Generally many of these dogs, like Chow Chow, Aktita and Co. are rather one-man dogs, i.e. related to one person and do not bind themselves to the whole family. Spitze in particular tend very much to loud utterances.

Short description

The American Akita is attached to only one person. He has a distinct personality, a strong hunting instinct and is very territorial. He is not suitable for beginners and to be a companion dog in a city apartment. His training needs a lot of patience, as the Akita only works if it makes sense to him. He likes to keep his distance with strangers.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.