Akitas have a bold and protective temperament. They are devoted and protective of family which makes them suspicious of strangers. This can be helped with early socialisation although the Akita is particularly difficult to read and may become aggressive to other dogs at a moments notice. This means they always need to be watched and must be given sufficient training to be manageable.
Health problems that may affect Akitas include canine hip dysplasia (CHD), luxating patella (dislocation of the kneecap), elbow dysplasia, autoimmune disease, cancer, bloat, eye diseases, epilepsy and blood clotting disease.
- Status: Common
- Life Expectancy: 10 - 12 years
- Weight: 42 - 66 kg
- Rare: No
- Coat: Short
- Grooming Requirements: Once a week
- Town or Country: Either
- Minimum Home Size: Large House
- Minimum Garden Size: Large Garden
- Breed Type: Companion Dog
- Size: Large
- Energy Level: High
- Exercise Required: Over 2 hours