The Akita is amongst the seven breeds recognised as national treasures in Japan. He’s a good hunting dog but also can perform in shows and do therapy work. His coat is double the thickness and can be any colour. His trademark is his tail; it curls across his back. When a baby is born, he/she is given statue of an Akita as it signifies happiness, health and long life. Helen Keller brought the first Akita to the US in 1937.
This dog is nicknamed the “Silent Hunter” but he also has powerful guarding instincts and will make lots of noise if he senses an intruder in the home. He can be calm, energetic or aggressive so he should always be supervised when other animals or small children are around. He grooms himself the same way a cat does but also needs brushing each day as well as a daily walk. The Akita is 24-28 inches high.