Breed Information Centre

Japanese Akita Inu


Illustration of Japanese Akita Inu

The Akita Inu is the original Akita as found in Japan and has remained remarkably unchanged for centuries. It is thought that the Akita Inu was founded on spitz type dogs which found their way to the Northern mountainous regions of Japan around three centuries ago. The wedge-shaped head, small erect ears, protective coat and curled tail are all spitz features.

The Akita and Akita Inu were separated by the Kennel Club in 2006.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Utility Breed Group

This group consists of miscellaneous breeds of dog mainly of a non-sporting origin, including the Bulldog, Dalmatian, Akita and Poodle.

The name ‘Utility’ essentially means fitness for a purpose and this group consists of an extremely mixed and varied bunch, most breeds having been selectively bred to perform a specific function not included in the sporting and working categories. Some of the breeds listed in the group are the oldest documented breeds of dog in the world.

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