The Akita Inu is a breed that originated in Japan. They are the descendant of the Matagi dog, which is reported to be the oldest indigenous dog breed of Japan. The specific location that the Akita Inu has been traced back to is the island of Honshu in the Akita Prefecture, for which this dog was named.
The Akita Inu females are generally smaller in weight than the males. The females can weigh up to 100 pounds (45 kg) and the males can weigh up to 130 pounds (54 kg).
The fur colouring of purebred Akita’s can be one of five colours, brindle, fawn, red, sesame and pure white. American Akita pure breed’s fur can come in all colours. The Akita Inu’s coat is lush with a somewhat coarse topcoat and a very soft under coat. The body structure is strong, the muscles firm and lean and the head is its most distinguished feature.
The Akita Inu is a highly intelligent breed. Their temperaments, however, are known to vary, so it is important to know the temperaments of both parents when selecting a puppy. They are a very loyal breed and while they are not prone to aggressive behaviour toward humans, they can display hostile reactions toward other dogs of the same gender. Even though this type of canine is not violent with people, it does have strong protective instincts. Their loyalty is widely known. Typically, the Akita Inu will not show affection to strangers but openly display their loving and loyal nature toward their owners.