Akita  秋田犬

Area of origin: northern part of Honshu island, Akita prefecture, area of Odate town


From the left: O Ichiro Go Hiromitsu, photo: M. Sousedíková, owner: L. Svobodová, Sempou Go Fuen No Oka, owner/photo: M. Černayová,  CHIKANORI GO Sakura Kensha, owner/photo: E. Hrnčírová


Largest from original Japanese breeds

  • Height (AKIHO standard): male 61-68,5 cm, female 57-64,5 cm

  • Height (FCI standard): male 67 cm (+/- 3cm), female 61 cm (+/- 3cm)

  • Weight: male 35-45 kg, female 27-35 kg

Coat colors: red (aka), white (shiro), brindle (tora : red brindle (aka tora), black brindle (kuro tora), frost brindle (shimofuri))

Fun fact: 

Akitas’ coat does not have the typical dog smell. Even when wet, its structure is made up in a way that coat does not produce unpleasant wet odor. Akitas and Shibas come also in long coat types (although LC are not standard).

Akita was designated a living national monument in 1931 (as a first japanese dog breed).

Breeders in Slovakia: Yes

Akita inu is the most frequently owned original Japanese dog breed in Slovakia . It has become really popular in the last decade, mainly because of a movie presenting the legendary tale of faithful Hachiko. While movie created in 2009 in Hollywood is well known all over the world, it is in general less known that the original Japanese version had been created more than 20 years before that, in 1987. For some, Hachiko Monogatari tells the story even in a more interesting way.

Except physical sturdiness and power, Akita is known for its independent and individualistic thinking and a need of being close to its beloved family , where the clear rules are set and followed.

This strong dog is happy when it is close to its human pack, most of the days they usually spend quietly laying on the ground in the room with their family. As with all the large breeds, also with Akita it is crucial to pay attention to proper exercise, so that bones, muscles, ligaments and joints develop properly until the dog reaches adulthood. In puppy age (that is a dog being < 1 year old), too much activity can seriously do more harm then good.  

Similarly as other Japanese dogs, Akita prefers colder climates and thanks to thick undercoat does not have any problem to live outside even during freezing winter nights. Well maintained coat and a dry place keeping the dog away from the wind is usually a sufficient protection from the outside conditions.


Photo: Saskia.photography, Owner: Zuzana Neumannová, female Hanasuzu Go Fuen No Oka


Sempou Go Fuen No Oka, owner/photo: Martina Černayová

A-YASU Go Sakura Kensha, owner/photo: Emília Hrnčírová

BIZEN Go Sakura Kensha, owner/photo: Emília Hrnčírová

Kishi de La Senda de T´sunayoshi, owner/photo: Edita Šubrtová

BIZEN Go and BAKASU Go Sakura Kensha, owner/photo: Emília Hrnčírová

Satsuki Hime Go Shun'You Kensha, owner: Jon Cano, photo: V. Belák

Daimon Ken Michiyo, owner/photo: Michaela Tóthová

Photo: Diana Čermáková, owner: Michaela Beláková

E´Shin Ai Go Kamiwaza, owner/photo: Edita Šubrtová

Sempou Go Fuen No Oka, owner/photo: Martina Černayová

Photo/breeder: D. Nagyová, A Yuri Maru Go Shiro Shita