Japanese Akita Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Japanese Akita is one of three Spitz type dogs from Japan currently recognised by The Kennel Club. He is also known as the Akita Inu, meaning ‘large dog’.
The other two well-known Japanese spitz breeds are the Japanese Shiba Inu (small dog) and the Japanese Spitz. All have their origin in the Polar regions and have typically dense Spitz coats.
The Japanese Akita is a dog of great substance and bone and has been pure bred since the 17th century. At the beginning of the 18th century he was owned largely by the aristocracy and laws were passed to prohibit any cruelty to the Japanese Akita.
Originally bred for fighting he then became a hunter of black bear, wild boar and deer. A resurgence of dog-fighting in the late 19th century threatened the survival of the breed.
Shortly before the Second World War efforts were made to revive the fortunes of the Japanese Akita, but during the war they, along with other dogs were killed for human consumption and their pelts. Once again the breed was in danger of extinction but a Mr Ichinoseki, a breed enthusiast, rescued the Japanese Akita with a careful breeding programme.
Since his arrival in the West he has won many admirers and he is undeniably a very smart and imposing dog. His harsh outer coat stands off his body and there is a dense soft undercoat; the colouring – and any colours are permitted – is stunningly clear and brilliant. Tall, at up to 28 ” and very substantial with it, weighing up to 50kg, the Japanese Akita cannot be ignored. However, he has a tendency to dominance and affectionate and loyal as he is to his owners he is very protective and needs a very firm hand so he is clear as to where he stands in the family hierarchy. An immensely impressive dog, he should not be taken on lightly.
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.