American vs. Japanese Akita – Dog Comparison!

This guide will go over everything you need to know about the American vs. Japanese Akita.

You’ll learn the history of the breed, the differences and similarities between the two species, and what caused the divide between America and Japan over the breed standards.

Akita were bred to live in harsh weather conditions, they’ve also been conditioned/domesticated to be companions and need to be kept inside the home with their families.

About the Akita

Height: 26″ -28″ (male) to the shoulder – 24″ -26″ (female) to the shoulder Weight: 100-130 lbs. (male) – 70-100 lbs (female) Life expectancy: 10-14 years

Akita Dog Breed Info

Their most recognizable trait is their plush curled-to-the-back tails which seem to go perfectly with their personalities and confidence.

Physical Characteristics of the Akita

Unless You want to vacuum twice a day, you’ll need to brush them twice a week to stay on top of it. After that, your Akita needs a bath by you or a groomer every six weeks.

Grooming the Akita

There were different breed standards between the United States and Japan, the FCI chose to accept Japan’s since it’s where the breed originated.

Controversy With The Akita

This decision caused difficulties for many American Akita guardians who stopped participating in international competitions.

Controversy With The Akita

In 1999, the FCI classified two distinct breeds of the Akita to solve any disputes between the two countries. Physical differences between the American and Japanese Akitas.

Controversy With The Akita

1. Larger ears that point straight up 2. Come in many colors 3. Often have a black “mask” on their faces 4. Has slightly looser skin

The American Akita:

1. Come in orange and white, red, brindle, or pure white only 2. Generally have no black “mask” 3. Has tighter skin 4. More tightly-curled tail

The Japanese Akita Inu:

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