Breed Information

Large, powerful and alert, the Akita is a working breed that originated in Japan. Dignified and courageous, the Akita today is popular in the show ring and also participates in performance and therapy work. The breed's thick double coat can be any color including white, brindle or pinto. An Akita trademark is the plush tail that curls over his back.

Akitas are an independent breed, but most have a silly side reserved only for those people they know, love and trust. They do require being a part of a family, and should never be a trophy relegated to the back yard. Their exercise level is medium. They will be happy with a good walk or jog, and are not an overly hyper breed.

Akitas are generally quiet and not prone to nuisance barking. Despite their quiet nature, they are natural guardians. They do not need and should not have special watch dog training. The Akita will instinctively guard your home, which is one of the reasons they require extensive socialization. They need to learn that not all strangers are threats.

This is a breed that requires respect, from family, friends and strangers; a hard concept for some people to grasp. This does not mean that people should be afraid of an Akita. This does mean they should treat them as the beautiful, noble breed they are, giving them their space and respect, not forcing themselves on the dog.


  • The Akita is one of seven breeds designated as a national monument in his native country of Japan.
  • At one time, Akita ownership was restricted to the Imperial family and the ruling aristocracy; caring & feeding of the Akita were detailed in elaborate ceremony and special leashes were used to denote the Akita’s rank and the standing of his owner.
  • There is a spiritual significance attached to the Akita; when a child is born in Japan, the proud family will usually receive a small statue of an Akita signifying health, happiness, and a long life.
  • The renowned Helen Keller is credited with bringing the first Akita into the United States in 1937.
  • The breed will groom itself like a cat, but daily brushing is still necessary, as is daily exercise.
  • Akitas like to be "pack leader," so obedience training is also necessary for a harmonious household.
  • The Akita was first registered with the AKC in 1972.

What defines a responsible breeder?

A responsible breeder will know the breed standard and use it as a blueprint for producing quality dogs. They are not breeding for profit and acknowledge responsibility for every dog they produce. A responsible breeder cares about each puppy and its placement, and provides an abundance of information as part of the sale, such as care and feeding instructions, breed information, health and vaccination records, copies of health testing completed. They will stay involved after the sale and be available for questions and assistance.

A responsible breeder will be able to accurately discuss the needs of the Akita to determine if this breed is right for you. An experienced breeder will also know how to recognize certain traits in individual puppies that will match the right puppy with the right home. Many will require a home check and references before placing dogs and will ask many questions of prospective homes as part of an appropriate placement. Many will have a return policy.

Participation in dog clubs and activities are an indication of a depth of involvement in the breed. With club involvement, there is a code of ethics to uphold as well as a reputation in the dog community. They will be able to provide references and will have some type of contract or bill of sale. They may require a spay/neuter agreement on any dogs not considered breeding animals. They will also provide a pedigree and AKC registration paperwork. There is an abundance of information included on Akita Club of America website to help you learn about the Akita.

The ACA Breeder Listing Service is provided as a courtesy to its members and potential buyers. The ACA or its Officers do not recommend, guarantee, endorse, nor rate breeders, their kennels, or their stock. We also do not examine individual dogs. Buyers beware in all instances.

The ACA accepts paid listings from ACA members for their establishments in good faith. Buyers should be certain to check all matters relating to registration, health claims, awards or certificates, quality (adult, puppy or otherwise), stud/puppy agreements with the breeders, sellers or stud owners before making any decision.

The ACA and its officers, assume no responsibility for the quality, health, or temperament of any dog, nor the warranty, guarantee, integrity, honesty or reliability, either expressed or implied, by any person whose name appears on this list. All such warranties, guarantees and promises are between buyer(s) and seller(s) as individuals. The ACA promotes and expects fairness in all buyer-seller relationships. We reserve the right to refuse or withdraw any listing without notice of any Breeder that operates using practices which are in violation of our code of ethics or not in good standing with the ACA. Listings are only accepted from ACA members who are in good standing.

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Country State/City Kennel/Member(s) Phone/Email/Website
USA Alaska (Wasilla) ALI'I AK INU
Victoria McConnell
USA Arizona (Chandler) SUN DEVIL AKITAS
Amy & Stacy Huenneke
USA Arkansas (Lavaca) SHINTO
Ronnie & Chris Ann Moore
USA California (Gilroy) MOJO AKITAS
Paul & Stacey Borrmann
USA California (Mount Shasta) MINDA AKITAS
Francee Hamblet & Hollie Walker
USA California (San Marcos) KISEKI AKITAS
Linda Logan
USA California (Santa Ana) KOKANA AKITAS
Kathy & Mike Webster
USA California (Cathedral City) RED DAWN AKITAS
Gail & David Lowrie
USA Colorado (Brighton) DUNE AKITAS
Richard & Karen Shaw
USA Florida (Winter Springs) EISERNTOR
Betty Ann Ogus
USA Georgia (Athens) TITAN AKITAS
Cory Crayton
USA Georgia (McDonough) LONDON AKITAS
James Taylor
USA Georgia (Senoia) AKITAS CAS
Craig & Cindy Smith
USA Idaho (Spirit Lake) TYLIN AKITAS
Darla & David Collom
USA Illinois (Peotone) OKAMI AKITAS
Linda Wolf
USA Illinois (Elwood) TANAGER AKITAS
Danielle Gutelius
USA Illinois (Grant Park) SUMMIT AKITAS
Cecilia & Jim Carmean
USA Indiana (Indianapolis) KUROI KAO AKITAS
Priscilla McCune
USA Indiana (Lebanon) CADES AKITAS
Angela Miller
USA Kentucky (Richmond) MIDNITE AKITAS
Lynn Morgan & Sara Morgan
USA Louisiana (River Ridge) Sterling Milton 504-669-3188
USA Maryland (Hurlock) BAYCREST AKITAS
Kathy & Ed Coffman
USA Michigan (Deerfield) CHELSEA’s AKITAS
Shawn & Deelynn Piccone
USA Michigan (Dewitt) AVALON AKITAS
Don & Dawn Hubbard
Janet Bernardino
David & Brandy Pollack
USA New Hampshire (Candia) NAKODO AKITAS
Keith Venezia
USA New Jersey (Flanders) KOTI AKITAS
Chris Koenitz
USA New Jersey (Hammonton) EXCEL SHU-KU AKITAS
Frank & Linda Ingemi
USA New Mexico (Albuquerque) MOONLIGHT AKITAS
Christina Stanley
USA New Mexico (Sante Fe) ACES-UP AKITAS
Michael & Dr Wenny Wang Bauman
Brenda Van Kamp
USA Ohio (Austintown) MIMAR AKITAS
Mary Mignogna
USA Ohio (Lagrange) KASSAI
Jennifer Phelps
USA Oklahoma (Sand Springs) LIBERTY AKITAS
Mike & Donna Bennett
USA Pennsylvania (Temple) KALAN AKITAS
Cheryl Burns
USA Pennsylvania (Titusville) REGALIA AKITAS
Carol Laubscher
USA Tennessee (Collierville) RIDGEDALE AKITAS
Tommy Miller
Ilka Wagner-VanZandt & Jay VanZandt
USA Texas (Houston) SHEROB
Sherry Wallis
Russell & Jill Drennan
USA Washington (Salkum) SHOWKAYCE AKITAS
Kathlene Amrine
USA Washington (Veradale) MAJER AKITAS
Madelyn Goss
USA Wisconsin (Denmark) BUCKRIDGE AKITAS
David Osborn & Ellen Vanden Avond
Kimberley Pennie
Gail Hamilton
Constantino Zaera

Jennifer Kassay Phelps, ACA Breeder Referral Program Chairperson
Phone: (M) 330-421-0247

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The Akita is one of Seven Breeds designated as a National Monument in his native country of Japan. Bred as a versatile hunting dog in the rugged mountains of Northern Japan, the breed is a wonderful combination of dignity with good nature, alert courage and docility.

There is a spiritual significance attached to the Akita. In Japan they are affectionately regarded as loyal companions and pets, protectors of the home and a symbol of good health, when a child is born, the proud family will usually receive a small statue of an Akita signifying health, happiness, and a long-life. If a person is ill, friends will send a small statue of an Akita to express their wish for a speedy recovery.

The renowned Helen Keller is credited with bringing the first Akita into the United States in 1937. The breed's popularity in the United States following World War II may be attributed to American servicemen of the occupational forces, who so admired the noble dogs that they took them home to their families. They were attracted to the Akita because of the breed's intelligence and adaptability to different situations.

The Akita Club of America was founded in 1956. The breed was admitted to registration in the American Kennel Club Stud Book in October 1972, and to regular show classification in the Working Group beginning April 4, 1973.

  • PREHISTORIC JAPAN— Excavations of Joman Period (about 10,000 years ago) sites have yielded the remains of these dogs, which are similar in type to those found with many of the primitive people of the Arctic as well as Korea, China and Japan Indonesia, and Australia.
  • TRADING PARTNERS— Trade routes from the north reached the Ainu people of Hokkaido and Karafuto from Siberia and Mongolia. In the south, the Japanese alternately fought and traded with Korea. Their premier partner was the already-established empire of China. Their vigorous trade relationship stretches back over 2500 years ago.
  • OPEN TO THE US & EUROPE— Once again, Japan began a cycle of interest in all-things foreign, focusing on the Western world this time. European mining engineers began working in the mines of northern Honshu's mountains. Part of this area is now known as Akita Prefecture, but during the 1800s, it was called Dewa, and the main city, Odate.
  • PRESERVATION AND MOVEMENT BEGINS— A push towards preservation of the native Japanese dogs grew out of the increasing sense of Japanese nationalism that ushered in the twentieth century. As Japanese interest began to focus on their own history and culture, they began paying attention to the dogs that had been in Japan throughout time.
  • WORLD WAR II— Keeping large dogs alive in a country on a war-time footing proved almost impossible. Not only was food restricted, but dog fur was used to line military clothing. Dogs that survived were either working with the police or hidden by their owners, an easier task in the more rural areas.
  • THE AKITA IN AMERICA— The breed caught the eye and heart of many American servicemen after the war, and a cottage industry quickly arose to supply the demand for Akita pets.
  • AKC RECOGNITION— Spurred by their common interest in the breed. various breed clubs formed. AKC accepted the new breed into Miscellaneous in 1956, but wrangling between groups of owners delayed full registration. In 1955 Mr. M.K. Spelmeyer founded the Akita Dog Association of America.
  • THE INTERIM YEARS IN JAPAN— After the war, the Japanese breeders wanted to eradicate any sign of what they regarded as its effects. Eventually, two lines gained became the most prominent in post-war Japan. Born about the same time in the Akita/Odate area were Kongo-Go and Goromaru-Go.
  • MODERN JAPAN DOG CLUBS— Three organizations still exist to register Akitas. AKIHO is still the largest and most influential body dealing with Akitas.
  • JAPANESE / AMERICAN AKITAS— Problems between what has come to be called the American type Akita and the "Japanese" Akita arose first in European and South and Central American countries where the Akita is shown at shows governed by the Federation Cynologie International or FCI.
  • JIM SJOBERG— Whether AKIHO standard stays as it has been or moves more into line with both the choices of their judges as well as the JKC standard remains to be seen.

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Collcutt, Martin,.Marius Jansen, and Isao Kumakura. A Cultural Atlas of Japan. New York: Facts on File, Inc, 1988.
Hiraizumi, Ryanosuke, personal communication to Tatsuo Kimura.
Kajiwara, Naoto, translated by Tatsuo Kimura. My Thoughts on the Akita Dog (Tokyo: Shin Journal-sha, 1975).
Kimura, Tatsuo, "Rambling Through Japan, Fall, 1992," Akita World (l2:l, Jan/Feb., 1993).
Kuga, Koun, translated by Tatsuo Kimura. "Japanese Dogs," Akita World (13:3, May/June, 1994).
Linderman, Joan M. and Virginia Funk, The Complete Akita. New York: Howell Book House, Inc, 1987.
Okada Mutsuo, translated by Tatsuo Kimura, "A History of the Kongo Line," Akita World (13: 1, January/February, 1994).
Sanson, George, A History of Japan, 1334-1615. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1961).

The official breed standard was completed and approved by the American Kennel Club (AKC) on April 4, 1973. About the same time, the stud books were closed. When exhibited at shows, Akitas are judged in accordance with the AKC Akita Breed Standard which was developed by the ACA and approved by its members before submittal to the American Kennel Club.

National breed clubs are the custodians of their breed standards and any changes to that standard must be formulated by the club and approved by the membership before they can take effect. In the United States and Canada, the Akita is a member of the Working Group. The current breed standard, as published by the AKC, can be found HERE. A more detailed look at the breed standard, from a judge's perspective, can be found HERE.


Large, powerful, alert, with much substance and heavy bone. The broad head, forming a blunt triangle, with deep muzzle, small eyes and erect ears carried forward in line with back of neck, is characteristic of the breed. The large, curled tail, balancing the broad head, is also characteristic of the breed.


Massive but in balance with body; free of wrinkle when at ease. Skull flat between ears and broad; jaws broad and powerful with minimal dewlap. Head forms a blunt triangle when viewed from above.
Fault: narrow or snipey head.

Muzzle—Broad and full. Distance from nose to stop is to distance from stop to occiput as 2 is to 3.

Stop—Well defined, but not too abrupt. A shallow furrow extends well up forehead.

Nose—Broad and black. Black noses on white Akitas preferred, but a lighter colored nose with or without shading of black or gray tone is acceptable.
Disqualification: partial or total lack of pigmentation on the nose surface.

Ears—The ears of the Akita are characteristic of the breed. They are strongly erect and small in relation to rest of head. If ear is folded forward for measuring length, tip will touch upper eye rim. Ears are triangular, slightly rounded at tip, wide at base, set wide on head but not too low, and carried slightly forward over eyes in line with back of neck.
Disqualification: drop or broken ears.

Eyes—Dark brown, small, deep-set and triangular in shape. Eye rims black and tight.

Lips and Tongue—Lips black and not pendulous; tongue pink.

Teeth—Strong with scissors bite preferred, but level bite acceptable.
Disqualification: undershot or overshot.


Neck—Thick and muscular; comparatively short, widening gradually toward shoulders. A pronounced crest blends in with base of skull.

Body—Longer than high, as to 10 is to 9 in males; 11 to 9 in bitches. Measurement from the point of the sternum to the point of buttocks. Chest wide and deep; reaching down to the elbow, the depth of the body at the elbow equals half the height of the dog at the withers. Ribs well sprung, brisket well developed. Level back with firmly-muscled loin and moderate tuck-up. Skin pliant but not loose.
Serious Faults: light bone, rangy body.


Large and full, set high and carried over back or against flank in a three-quarter, full, or double curl, always dipping to or below level of back. On a three-quarter curl, tip drops well down flank. Root large and strong. Tail bone reaches hock when let down. Hair coarse, straight and full, with no appearance of a plume.
Disqualification: sickle or uncurled tail.


Forequarters—Shoulders strong and powerful with moderate layback. Forelegs heavy-boned and straight as viewed from front. Angle of pastern 15 degrees forward from vertical.
Faults: elbows in or out, loose shoulders.

Hindquarters—Width, muscular development and bone comparable to forequarters. Upper thighs well developed. Stifle moderately bent and hocks well let down, turning neither in nor out. Dewclaws--On front legs generally not removed; dewclaws on hind legs generally removed. Feet--Cat feet, well knuckled up with thick pads. Feet straight ahead.


Double-coated. Undercoat thick, soft, dense and shorter than outer coat. Outer coat straight, harsh and standing somewhat off body. Hair on head, legs and ears short. Length of hair at withers and rump approximately two inches, which is slightly longer than on rest of body, except tail, where coat is longest and most profuse.
Fault: Any indication of ruff or feathering.


Any color including white; brindle; or pinto. Colors are rich, brilliant and clear. Markings are well balanced, with or without mask or blaze. White Akitas have no mask. Pinto has a white background with large, evenly placed patches covering head and more than one-third of body. Undercoat may be a different color from outer coat.


Brisk and powerful with strides of moderate length. Back remains strong, firm and level. Rear legs move in line with front legs.


Males 26 to 28 inches at the withers; bitches 24 to 26 inches.
Disqualification: dogs under 25 inches; bitches under 23 inches.


Alert and responsive, dignified and courageous. Akitas may be intolerant of other dogs, particularly of the same sex.


  • Partial or total lack of pigmentation on nose.
  • Drop or broken ears.
  • Undershot or overshot.
  • Sickle or uncurled tail.
  • Dogs under 25 inches; bitches under 23 inches.

Approved May 12, 2009
Effective July 1, 2009

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The Akita Club of America grants the title “ROM” Register Of Merit to current ACA members that are owners/co-owners (and as of 2014 breeders will too) of the dog/bitch that has achieved ROM status. This means that a bitch which has produced five (5) champion progeny, and a dog who has produced ten (10) champion progeny will receive their ROM. The owners can use the letters ROM after the name, although this is not an official AKC title.

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