The Akita is a spitz-type breed of dog that originated from northern Japan.  It has two separate types, namely, the American Akita and the Japanese Akita.  This dog is known in different names all over the world, such as, Akita, American Akita, Akita inu or Japanese Akita.  Unlike an American Akita, which comes in all dog colors, a Japanese Akita only comes in selected colors.  In most countries, American Akita is already considered a different breed from Japanese Akita except in Australia, United States and Canada.  The most popular Akita is Hachiko, a loyal Akita dog who waited for his owner to arrive in the Shibuya Station for nine years.

An Akita has big, erect, triangular ears that are somewhat similar to a bears.  Their eyes are also triangular but small, dark and deeply set.  On the other hand, their feet are tight, cat-like, well-knuckled and double-coated, whereas the tails are curled toward their back down the loin.  The color of the coats differ between the American Akita and Japanese Akita the coats of American Akita can be pinto, brindle, solid white, black mask, white mask, and self-colored mask while Japanese Akita are only red, fawn, sesame, brindle and pure white.  Unfortunately, the Akita breed is prone to various autoimmune diseases, immune-mediated endocrine diseases, none-immune specific conditions, and breed-specific conditions.  To avoid these medical conditions, the owner should make himself aware of them and practice proper Akita care.

Just like in any other dogs, an important rule to follow in Akita care is to keep the weight of Akitas as low as possible.  This is an easy task because Akitas appetite is smaller compared to other dogs their size.  Owners have to make sure that their Akitas eat ultra-premium, all-natural dog food alone with a digestive enzyme each meal.  However, the owner should separate the Akitas food from other pets food because they can be really possessive of their dish.  Along with their possessiveness is their protective attitude.  Akitas are not known for their tolerance with children; therefore, if there is going to be a new baby in the household, the owner must give the Akita the time to adjust.  Another important part of Akita care is to allow the dog to come inside the house because they need to spend a lot of time with their owners as much as possible they can be self-destructive if they are alone because of boredom.

One of the most essential parts of Akira care is to be prepared of the Akitas annual (sometimes biannual) shedding.  Due to the thick and lush undercoat of Akitas, owners should brush their Akitas weekly if it is not the shedding season and daily if it is the shedding season.  Surprisingly, however, is that Akita care does not require frequent baths for Akitas because these dogs are very clean they can clean themselves like cats.  If the Akitas are well taken care of, the owners can have them for 10 to 13 years.