Bred to guard royalty in Feudal Japan, Akitas are imposing, fierce, and intelligent. They were also used to hunt wild boar and black bears, so they are also intensely courageous. Bonding with their family is a deep and lifelong act for these impressive dogs, and while they can be aggressive with strangers, proper training allows their gentle wit and tolerance to shine bright.
Weight: 65-130 lbs
Guard dog ability: High
Grooming needs: High
Size: Large Dog Breed
Life Span: 10 to 12 years
1. Akitas 101 – Information, Personality
2. Akita Temperament and Training
3. Akita Diet and Feeding
Puppies: Low Fat (~16%), High Fiber (15%), Medium Moisture (13%), 94% Dry Matter, (3800 Kcal)
Adults: High Fat (~16%), High Fiber (15%), Medium Moisture (13%), 94% Dry Matter, (3800 Kcal)
Akitas generally gain: 2 Pounds per week until 26 weeks old.
Hip dysplasia is a common problem with Akitas. Make sure your dog isn’t overweight.
A Akita with healthy weight will not have any ribs visible. You should be able to run your hands along their side and feel the indivgidual ribs.
*All target numbers are approximate averages. Every dog’s dietary needs and weights will be different. Take into account pregnant or nursing dogs.