The Akita originates from Japan, where it was first bred by samurai. This breed has
a recorded history that spans more than 300 years and is considered a national
treasure in Japan. Despite this long history, the Akita was first registered in 1972.

There are many stories related to how highly devoted Akitas are, with perhaps the
most famous being that of Hachiko, a dog which always met its master on the
railway station after work and continued to wait for him every single day for 9 years.

Very proud and affectionate, Akitas make strong and patronizing pets, which makes
them ideal a guard dogs.

This is a confident and strong willed breed, which sometimes makes it difficult to train. When it comes to other pets, Akitas can be hostile to dogs of the same sex, as well as to other, usually smaller, animals. This breed usually gets along well with children in the family, but it is patronizing and aloof when there are strangers around.

Akitas are intelligent and peaceful but can become a challenge when it comes to training. Its arbitrary individuality and perseverance makes them most suitable for people with experience. Akitas are not necessarily endearing animals, but are very loyal to their owners.

Grooming is important - you should groom your Akita at least once a week. You should be aware that the fur of this breed falls in varying degrees in different seasons, and therefore requires different care depending on the season. The average lifespan of an Akita is around 10 to 13 years. Health problems associated with this breed include thyroid problems, skin cancer and autoimmune problems. Both parents of your puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates, and should be tested for thyroid problems.