American Akita
Estados Unidos FCI 344 - Dogs type Spitz and primitive type

Akita Americano

Dog of great physical strength and very resistant to cold.


History of the American Akita

Also known as Great Japanese Dog. This structure Molosser dog has its origins in Japan, in 1603 where his first ancestors come from Akita Prefecture.

Originally, history American Akita It was the same as the Japanese Akita. From 1603, from the Akita Prefecture, the dogs called “Matagi Akitas” (medium-sized dogs for bear hunting) were used as fighting dogs. From 1868, race crossed with Tosa and Mastiffs. For this reason, the increased size of the race, but some features, traits of dogs Spitz type, disappeared. In 1908, by prohibiting dogfighting, This breed has been preserved, prospered and developed into a large Japanese breed. After, in 1931, 9 Dogs of this breed dogs were recognized as excellent.

During the Second World War (1939-1945), often used the dogs' fur for making military clothing.

Police ordered all dogs captured less German shepherds, which were used for military tasks. Some fanciers tried to circumvent the order by crossbreeding their dogs German shepherds.

Al finalizarse the Second World War, The number of Akitas He was down dangerously and the dogs came in 3 ways:

    1) Matagi Akitas
    2) Fighting dogs Akitas
    3) Akita / German Shepherd


The situation of the race was bad. During the procedure of restoration of the race after the war, Kongo-go, a dog from the bloodline Dewa, enjoyed a temporary popularity but still very large.

A great number of Akitas of this bloodline, which they exhibited characteristics of the influence of Mastiff or German shepherds, They were taken to USA by US military. The Akita belonging to the Dewa line dogs were intelligent and capable of adapting to different areas. They loved breeders in USA bloodline and was developed thanks to the progressive increase in the number of breeders with a duplicated popularity.

Thus, as 1950 Japanese breeders decided to restore the old type, and use the Akita line ichinoseski, created by Engineer Ichinoseski, and dogs spitz Japanese to recover the traits of the old Akita Inu. Americans raised the Akita Dewa line, and carried, being a big dog and powerful-looking.

    Increasingly moves away from its origin are created 2 remained:

The American Akita or (The Great Japanese Dog) It is an animal with an orientation towards defense and may have dark mask without being penalized, and copies are allowed or unmasked blazer, even with a black head; while its “brother” Japanese, the Akita Inu, are more amiable, more fierce and white mask, or the famous Urajiro, because the breed standard Akita Inu, not accept the black mask. The verdicts, it gives preference, in countries affiliated to FCI, to the Akita without masks to Akita with black mask, because the Japanese demanded it, and as the country of origin Akita, dominated his opinion on that topic.

Thus, in the '90s is given a name change that makes the two branches differ: To the American Akita It was called “Great Japanese Dog” and is located in the group II classification in FCI. U.S. experts do not accept the division and decide to continue placing the two races within one in beauty pageants.

Thus, as breeders and breed lovers of countries affiliated to FCI, achieved in the year 2005 that locate him again in the Grupo V, and it is called a definitive, and with the consent of the Japanese as American Akita.

It is necessary to clarify, this discussion of American Akita and your name, wearing a background of difference between Japanese and Americans, and has passed in recent years for the good of the race.

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The Akita also proves to be unusual with their grooming habits, He is licking his body like a cat. And that's not its only feature “feline”: like a tiger, They haunt their prey silently, with the body close to the ground.

Physical characteristics American Akita

Describes the standard, which is the ideal expected of the breed, both morphologically and in temperament. These dogs have in their temperament, the essence of ancient Japanese warriors, since as they are stoic, brave, devoted to his master, silent, little bark, They also have a strong prey, guard and defense.

American Akita It is a dog of great physical strength, resistant to pain and thanks to its double coat are quite resistant to cold.

Must wear tail curled over the back and mantle comes in different shades, copy may have a black mask, have no mask, have blaze, your head or be completely black color.

Standard FCI American Akita


It is a large size dog, solid structure, well balanced, with much substance and heavy bones. A feature of the breed is the wide head, obtuse triangle, the deep snout, the relatively small eyes and erect ears carried forward approximately in line with the top line of the neck.


  • The relationship between the height at the withers and the length of the body is of 9 : 10 in males and 9 : 11 in females.
  • Chest height is equal to half of the height at the withers.
  • The relationship between the distance of the truffle to fronto-nasal depression (stop) and the distance of the fronto-nasal depression to the occiput is of 2 : 3.


It is a friendly dog, alert, receptive, Majestic, brave and obedient.


Solid, but balanced with the body; It should not show wrinkles when the dog is at rest. View from the top, the head forms an obtuse triangle.


Skull : Broad and flat between the ears. A surface Groove should extend well up in the front.

Naso-facial depression (Stop) : Well defined, but not too sharp.


Truffle: Wide black. A small and diffuse depigmentation in the truffle is accepted only in dogs White, Although black is always preferable.

Snout: Broad, deep and full.

Lips: Black. Not hanging ; Pink tongue.

JAWS / Teeth: Not rounded JAWS, but flat, strong and powerful; strong teeth; regular and complete denture; the Scissor bite is preferred, although the bite is accepted Pincer.

Eyes : Dark brown, relatively small, non-prominent and almost triangular in shape. The edges of the eyelids are black and well glued eyelid.

Ears : They are strongly erect and small relative to the rest of the head. If bent them forward to measure its length, the tip must touch the edge of the upper eyelid. They are triangular, slightly rounded at the tips, wide at the base and placed not far down in the head; side views, the ears are angled slightly forward over eyes in line with the topline of the neck.


Thick and muscular, with double chin minimum, relatively short, with a gradual was towards the shoulder. The pronunciation curvature of the neck merges harmoniously with the base of the skull.


Longer than high. The skin is not very fine, not too stiff, nor too loose.

Back: Straight.

Pork loin: Muscular firmly.

Breast : Broad and deep. Well arched ribs; well-developed sill.

Belly: Moderately collected.


Strong with plenty of hairy, of implantation led on the back and leaned against the sidewall with a threading of three-quarters or high, full or double, always falling on or below the level of the back. When the queue has a three-quarter Threading, tip drops well down on flank. The root of the tail is thick and strong. When the tail hangs downward, the vertebrae of the tail reaching the hocks. The hair is hard, smooth and abundant, without having the appearance of fringes.


PREVIOUS MEMBERS: The front limbs, seen from the front, They must be straight and heavy bones.

Shoulder: Strong and powerful, moderately inclined backwards.

Metacarpus: Slightly bent forward, forming an angle of approximately 15 ° in relation to the vertical.

LATER MEMBERS : The hindlimbs are heavily muscled, amplitude and bones similar to those of front members. Usually the Rams of the hind limbs are removed.

Thighs: Strong, well developed, Parallels seen from behind.

Knee: Moderately angled.

Hock: Well descended, without turning outward or inward.

FEET: Cat feet facing straight forward; well arched toes with thick pads.


Powerful movement with moderate length and push steps. The front and rear members move along the same line. The back remains strong, firm and straight.


HAIR : Double layer of hairs. The inner layer should be abundant hair, soft and dense with hair shorter than the outer layer. The outer layer should be smooth-haired, Texture hard / rigid and be somewhat off body. The hair of the head, at the bottom of the limbs and ears should be short. The hair covering the cross and the rump should have a length of approximately 5 cm.; It is thus therefore slightly longer than the hair that covers the rest of the body, except in the queue, where the hair is long and abundant.

COLOR : Dogs can have any included red, Griffon, white, even striped or pinto. The colors are bright and clear and stains should be harmoniously distributed, with or without mask or blaze. White unicolor dogs should not have mask.

Pinto color dogs have a white background with large spots placed regularly covering head and more than one third of the body. The hair of the inner layer may be a different color from the hair of the outer layer.


Height to the cross :

  • Males: 66 a 71 cm. (26 a 28 inches).
  • Females: 61 a 66 cm. (24 a 26 inches).


Any deviation from the above criteria is considered missing and the seriousness is considered the degree of deviation to the standard and its impact on the health and welfare of the dog.

  • Male female, male female.
  • Narrow or pointed head.
  • Absence of any tooth (except 2 PM1 or the M3).
  • Black stained tongue or blue.
  • Clear eyes.
  • Short tail.
  • Elbows returned to the outside or inside.
  • Any sign of a hair or bangs gola.
  • Timidity or evil.


  • Lack of substance.
  • Lightweight skeleton.


  • Aggressive or fearful dog.
  • Totally nonpigmented nose, depigmented nose areas, (butterfly nose).
  • Semi-erguidas ears, falls or dubbed.
  • Upper or lower prognathism.
  • Not screwed down or sickle-shaped tail.
  • Males with a lower height to 63,5 cm. (25 inches) and females with a lower height to 58,5 cm. (23 inches).

Any dog showing clear physical abnormalities or behavioral signs shall be disqualified.


Los machos deben tener dos apariencia testiculos normal completamente descendidos en el escroto.

TRANSLATION: Lic. O. Valverde-Calvo, updated by the Sr J. Nallem (Uruguayan Kennel Club).

American Akita character and skills

They have a strong territorial instinct and are often aggressive with other dogs, especially if male, so it is advisable to accustom them from puppies to family or other pets.

They are very loyal to your home and your family. It is always recommended to have an obedient dog healthy, provide discipline, exercise and affection in that order.

They need not always be black coffee can I be white but are different from those Akita japoneses. the American Akita They are very playful but very rough when playing.

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Ratings of the American Akita

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “American Akita” you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

adaptation ⓘ

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Dog friendly ⓘ

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Hair loss ⓘ

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Affection Level ⓘ

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Exercise Needs ⓘ

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Social Needs ⓘ

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Apartment ⓘ

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Grooming ⓘ

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Stranger Friendly ⓘ

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Barking Tendencies ⓘ

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Health Issues ⓘ

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Territorial ⓘ

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Cat Friendly ⓘ

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intelligence ⓘ

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versatility ⓘ

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Child Friendly ⓘ

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Watchdog Ability ⓘ

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Playfulness ⓘ

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Dogs breeds: American Akita

Type and recognitions:

  • Group 5 / Section 4, Luoides, FCI 344
  • FCI: Group 5: Dogs type Spitz and primitive type , AKC: Group 3: Working dogs

Alternative names:

    1. American Akita, Great Japanese Dog (English).
    2. Akita américain, Grand Chien Japonais (French).
    3. Amerikanischer Akita, Great Japanese Dog, Großer Japanischer Hund (German).
    4. Akita americano, Grande cão japonês (Portuguese).
    5. Akita Americano, Gran Perro Japonés (Spanish).

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