Original Name : Akita Inu
Type : Lupoid
Other Names : Akita
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Countries of origin : Japan
If you had to describe Akita Inus in two words, you might well choose affectionate and discrete. These are quiet dogs that like to keep a close eye on developments. Bearing in mind their large Spitz-like appearance, Akita Inus are a walking paradox: very appreciative of company yet fiercely independent, calm yet capable of taking the initiative without vacillating. It’s worth taking extra care around other dogs, as they may want to dominate, but they will be faithful to a single human companion their whole life.
Skull proportionate to the body, broad forehead, distinct furrow, no wrinkling.
Straight, solid back, broad, muscular loins, high chest with well developed sternum.
Red-fawn, sesame (red-fawn with black tips), brindle or white.
Relatively small, thick, triangular, a little rounded at the tip, set moderately wide apart, pricked or inclining forward.
Set high, thick and carried curling over the back.
Harsh, straight topcoat with supple, dense undercoat.
As World War II came to an end, it became clear that the Akita population was at a dangerously low level. There were three distinct types and during the restoration of the pure breed Kongo-go, a dog of the Dewa line, played an extremely important, albeit fleeting, role. The resulting dog had the characteristic traits of crosses with Mastiffs and German Shepherd Dogs. The number of Akita breeders grew and the breed became highly prized by the Japanese public. Dog fanciers refused to accept the type, however, and worked hard to eliminate the characteristics of foreign breeds by crossing specimens with the Matagi Akitas. The aim was to restore the original breed type. These successful efforts helped to stabilize the breeding stock of large Akitas we know so well today. These guard dogs are big and sturdily built, with good proportions, lots of substance, and an athletic prowess that enables them to endure long walks. Secondary sexual characteristics are strongly marked. Great nobility and simple dignity are strong characteristics.
Save white, all coat colors must be “urajiro”, which means that the sides of the muzzle, cheeks, under the jaw, neck, chest, belly, underside of the tail and the inside of the legs must be covered with whitish hair.