Akita Inu

Akitas are the largest of the Japanese breeds. They were developed in Akita prefecture as guard and hunting dogs. Females range from 70 to 90 pounds. Males can get big -- 120 pounds or more.

Akitas come in a wide range of colors: pure white, black, cinnamon, fawn, pinto markings, or brindled (striped). Except for pure white dogs, all Akitas have a darker "mask" around the eyes. This tends to make an already formidable dog even more impressive.

For the American Kennel Club, a long coat like Tsuki's disqualifies the dog from "Show" quality. "Companion" dogs can be great family members for those who are willing to invest the time in training. Be sure when selecting a puppy to meet at least one (if not both) of the parent dogs. If anyone in the household is uncomfortable with the parent dogs, don't get the puppy.

Like many large breeds, Akitas do not develop their full territorial behavior until 2 or 3 years of age. Organizations like Akita Rescue exist to place dogs whose people got in over their heads. Before adding an Akita to your household, please learn all you can so you know what to expect.

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