Akita Dog

Akita: the brave and loyal dog from Japan

The Akita is a dog breed with deep roots in Japanese history. This proud and powerful breed is known for its loyalty, intelligence and strong protective instincts. originally bred to hunt large prey such as bears, wild boar and deer, Akitas have today found a place in many homes around the world as companion dogs.


The Akita originates from Akita Prefecture in northern Japan, where it has existed for hundreds of years. The breed has played an important role in Japanese culture and has historically been used for everything from guard dogs to imperial companions. During World War II, Akitas were close to extinction, but the breed recovered and has since spread globally.

Traits and Temperament

Akitas are known for their brave nature, their determination and their strong bond with their family. They are generally reserved towards strangers, but can be very loving and loyal to those close to them. They are intelligent and independent, which can make training challenging for first-time owners.


Akitas are a large dog breed, with a height that is usually between 60 and 70 cm, and a weight between 30 and 50 kg depending on the sex and individual variation.

Appearance and Coat

Akitas have a thick double coat, stout body and a characteristic curled tail. They come in many different colors, including white, brindle and various shades of red. Their fur requires regular brushing to manage shedding.

How much fur does an Akita shed?

As double-coated dogs, Akitas shed a lot, especially during the shedding season which usually occurs twice a year. Regular brushing can help manage the amount of loose fur in the home.

Are Akitas family friendly?

Akitas can be good with children if they are properly socialized and trained, but due to their size and strength, supervision is recommended when interacting with smaller children. They can be reserved or territorial towards other dogs, so early socialization is important.

Acquiring an Akita

When considering getting an Akita, you should be aware that these dogs require a lot of socialization and training from a young age. They are known for their strong will and independence, which can make training challenging but rewarding.

Akitas are extremely loyal to their family, and their protective nature can make them suspicious of strangers. This makes them excellent watchdogs, but they must be properly socialized to prevent overprotective behavior.

The coat of an Akita is thick and requires regular brushing to reduce shedding and keep the coat healthy. They shed a lot twice a year and may need extra grooming during these periods.

Owning an Akita requires commitment and an understanding of the breed's unique characteristics. These dogs need both mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy, which can mean daily walks, play and exercise. With the right owner, the Akita can be an extremely loyal and loving companion and a strong protector of the home.

How many Akitas are there in Sweden?

In Sweden, there are 560 registered Akitas as of 2022-12-31.