The Akita dog, is a large breed of dog native to the mountainous regions of Japan. .
The Akita dog are a substantial breed with a large, bear like head with a thick double coat. The breed can measure 24-28 inches and weigh between 70-130 lbs.
The Akitas dog was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1955 but was placed in a miscellaneous class until 1972. Akitas were used to flush out the bear and deer.
Akitas generally are seen as territorial about its property, and can be reserved with strangers. They are known to be intolerant of other dogs of the same sex. They are usually docile, aloof and calm in new situations. As a breed they should be good with children and even thought to have an affinity for children.
The median lifespan is 11-15 years which is similar to other breeds of their size The breed is known to have several health concerns that can develop including, autoimmune diseases, Vogt-Koyanagi-Hardada Syndrome, Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia, Sebaceous Adentis, Systemic Lupus Erthematosus. In addition there are some Immune-mediated endocrine diseases which included Addison's Disease, Cushing's Syndrome, Diabetes Mellitus and Hypothyroidism.