The American Akita is a large, powerful working dog. The dogs are very intelligent, extremely loyal, and can sometimes show an "aggressive" streak, almost exclusively towards dogs of the same sex. American Akitas are not aggressive towards people, but have a highly developed guard and protection instinct. American Akitas also have a strong hunting instinct and may regard small animals as prey to be hunted. Some do not show signs of affection towards people who are not members of their family or people they see regularly.
The American Akita is not hyperactive and adapts to a sedentary life, but it is important for his health that he exercises regularly.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
LE STANDARD DEL’AKITA AMERICAINS es commentaires élaborés par l’A.A.C.F.: (French):
Other Names for Breed:
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Developed in the United States.
There are numerous breed standards. The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed. Three of the major international standards are: The
American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care. Click here to view 2011-2016 Agria Breed profile for the American Akita
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
PEVISA 2020 (Health Test requirements): https://www.kennelliitto.fi/lomakkeet/pevisa-ja-muut-rotukohtaiset-erityisehdot-vuonna-2020
OFA: CHIC: https://www.ofa.org/recommended-tests?breed=AK
UK-KC 2004: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/16226/akita.pdf
UK:KC 2014: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/749040/akita.pdf
UK:KC Breed Population Analysis: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/685371/akita.pdf
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database: http://www.dogwellnet.com/content/_/health-and-breeding/screening-tests/dna/dna-tests-for-use-in-breeding-decisions/the-kennel-club-breed-specific-dna-tests-upd-r234
HGTD American Akita
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
US: Akita Club of America: https://www.akitaclub.org/
Sweden: American Akita Klubb Sverige: http://www.americanakitaklubbsverige.se/
Finland: Suomen Amerikanakita ry: http://www.amerikanakita.fi/
UK: The Akita Association: http://www.akita-association.org/
France: SCC: https://www.centrale-canine.fr/le-chien-de-race/akita-americain
Club de race Akita Américain, Chiens de Thaïlande et de Taïwan: http://www.club-aacf.fr/