The Akita Inu, also known as the Great Japanese Dog or Japanese Akita, is a loving and loyal breed. They are extremely intelligent and always alert, but will become destructive if they get bored. Akita Inus are known for being good with kids too, making them a great addition to a family with children!
1. Akita Inus are classified as a working breed, meaning they can be trained to help humans with every day tasks.
2. Their coats are not only thick and fluffy, but also water repellant!
3. Akita’s are extremely loving and protective towards their families.
4. Akita Inus rarely ever bark. They are more the “strong and silent” type of dog.
5. While loyal, Akita Inus are not clingy and will pursue their own interests.
6. The Akita Inu comes in five colors being white, brindle, red, fawn, and sesame.
7. Akita Inus look extremely similar to the American Akita, but they can be distinguished from on another by their coat color and slight difference in build.
8. The Akita Inu is named after it’s place of origin being the Akita prefecture on the Japanese island of Honshu.
9. Hachiko is possibly one of the most famous Akita Inus of all time. Hachiko would meet his owner every day at the train station and walk home with him. When his owner passed away, Hachiko continued the routine for the next nine years, showing up exactly when his owner would have arrived.
10. When Hellen Keller traveled to Japan, she received two Akita Inus named Kamikaze-go and Kenzan-go. These were the first Akita Inus to enter the United States. She wrote later that, “if there ever was an angel in fur, it was Kamikaze. I know I shall never feel quite the same tenderness for any other pet. The Akita dog has all qualities that appeal to me–he is gentle, companionable, and trusty.”