Akita Rescue & Welfare UK - ARW - Unique Features


The males stand 26 to 28 inches (66 to 71 cm) at the withers; females are 24 to 26 inches (61 to 66 cm). Their weights average 95 to 110 pounds (43 to 50 kg) for males and 75 to 90 pounds (34 to 41 kg) for females. Their thick, short, arched necks, dense coats, and bulky bodies give them the appearance of much larger animals.


A particularly attractive Akita feature is the wide variety of body colours found in the breed. Virtually all colours are acceptable from white to black, including red, silver, fawn, brindle, and pinto. The attractive pinto colour patterns are said to be attributable primarily to a post-war dog named Goromaru-Go. He sported flashy red and white pinto colours that were indelibly stamped on his progeny.


Akita heads also exhibit various colours and patterns. Some dogs have solid coloured heads; others sport impressive white markings. Masks and blazes are often seen, and if equilaterally balanced, they are acceptable and greatly admired.


Akitas' faces are dominated by wide-set small ears that tip forward, giving them an alert or curious appearance, even when resting, and these seem to lead your gaze next to their dark brown, smallish, almond shaped, oriental eyes.


The Akita's tail is large and full, set high, and carried over the back or against the flank in a three-quarter, full, or double curl, always dipping to or below the level of the back. It has coarse, straight hair, with no plume, and is rarely stationary. Akita tails that aren't curled or that are carried away from their backs are considered serious faults.


Akita coats, like those of other northern dogs, are double, with coarse, dense, plush guard hair, and soft, dense undercoats. The luxurious coat quality can't be overlooked or understated. It shows no signs of feathering on the legs, and adds to the bulky, sturdy appearance of the entire body.