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Type: Northern Breeds; Origin of Japan

Height: 24 - 28 inches.

Weight: 75 lb.

Coat: Outer coat is coarse, straight and stand-off. They have a soft, dense undercoat. (130 lbs.)

Description: The Akita is a striking breed who is a large, powerful, alert, well-balanced dog with much substance and heavy bone. They have a deep muzzle, small triangular eyes, erect ears, and a large single or double curled tail. The Akita's head is triangular and their jaws are large and powerful. Akitas are renowned for their fierce love, loyalty and obedience to their owners. The Akita, or Shishi Inu as they are sometimes called, are of the Northern type breeds in which they have a distinct tail curled over the back. The Japanese bred them as a fighting dog with a great temperament. They need space and should not be confined.  They are very devoted to their families, and are a brave and courageous breed. Akitas are very intelligent and are for the most part obedient, but may have an independent and curious streak once in a while. They do not like being bored, and should be mentally and physically stimulated every day. If they get bored they tend to get noisier and less obedient, but they simply need attention from the owner they are so devoted to. 

Special Needs: Fenced yard, leash, socialization, and training.

Life Span: 10 - 12 years.

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