Akita Club of America

The Akita Club of America is a member of the American Kennel Club and, as such, is the only National Akita Breed Club which is recognized and sanctioned by the AKC. The main objectives of the Akita Club of America are the preservation and protection of the breed and improvement of the character and conformation of the Akita as described in the official breed standard.

About the Akita

A natural monument in Japan, the Akita’s proud heritage includes hunting large game such as bear, elk, and boar. This powerful and dignified member of the Working Group is renowned for courage and loyalty, but may not be tolerant of other animals. His luxurious double coat can include any combination of vibrant colors. Aloof toward strangers, they form strong family bonds. Highly intelligent with keen sense of humor, the Akita responds best to respectful commands and training techniques that rely on motivation rather than force. Strong-willed and proud, Akitas are not receptive to abusive methods. Akitas originated in Japan many, many years ago, and have been designated a natural monument of Japan. They are a large, impressive breed with natural guarding instincts. While generally reserved with people they don’t know, Akitas are affectionate with their family. They tend to be independent, and while they will always know where you are in your home, they do not need constant attention as do some of the more dependent breeds. For more about this amazing breed, please spend some time here at our site. There’s a wonderful world to explore.
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Akita Rescue

The primary mission of the ACA Rescue Committee is to provide information and support services, educate and financially assist the Akita Rescue Groups that serve the overall needs of homeless, abandoned and relinquished Akitas across the country.    The groups are 501 (c) (3), have signed the Rescue Code of Ethics  and meet the requirements for an ACA Rescue Fund Identification Number.


  • We believe that rescue volunteers and all Akitas have inherent worth and deserve our help.
  • We believe that we have a responsibility to our communities and our breed to provide accurate, honest, educational materials about Akitas.
  • We believe integrity is the cornerstone of breed rescue.
  • We believe treating people fairly, ethically, honestly and in a caring manner is vital to the success of this committee.
  • We believe in promoting ethical breeding practices and teaching responsible ownership.
  • We believe we are mandated to work together in planning, setting goals and standards, and fund raising to support the work of rescuing Akitas.

Many folks think that all Akitas that end up in rescue are genetically inferior and/or have behavior problems.  Unfortunately this is not the case.  Many of the Akitas that end up with a Rescue group are dogs in which their original owner paid a lot of money for them.   So why do so many of these dogs end up with Rescue groups?

If the Akita was purchased as a possession rather than a friend or new family member,  they simply outlive their usefulness or the novelty wears off.  Many times an Akita falls victim to the impulsive buyer who did not consider the time, effort and expense needed to be a dog owner.  Or the buyer that didn't do their homework on the characteristics of the Akita only to find they are unable to handle them. What is most unfortunate is that not all breeders will take these unwanted Akitas back.  These dogs usually enter a Rescue Groups because they have been dropped off at a shelter or otherwise abandoned.

Choosing a rescue dog over a purchased pup will not solve the pet overpopulation problem (only responsible pet owners and breeders can do that), but it does give many of them a chance they otherwise would not have. But, beyond doing a "good deed", adopting a rescue dog can be the best decision and addition to the family you ever made.

RESCUE AN AKITA and GET A DEVOTED FRIEND FOR LIFE!

To find one, check out the many deserving dogs listed with the Local Akita Rescue Groups.

If you have any questions please contact ACA Rescue: