The Akita is the largest of the Japanese Spitz breeds and is large, powerful and alert with much substance and heavy bone.
The Akita has a large, broad head, with relatively small eyes and erect ears, carried forward in line with the back of the neck, large, curled tail in balance with the head.
The Akita is dignified, courageous and aloof. The Akita tends to show dominance over other dogs, particularly males.
The Akita head and skull are large, in balance with the body, skull is flat, forehead broad, defined stop and clear furrow. Head forms a blunt triangle when viewed from above, free from wrinkles. The Akita muzzle is broad and strong, cheeks well developed. The nose is large and black, bridge straight, lips tight and black. In white Akitas flesh coloured pigmentation is permissible on the nose and lips.
Length from nose to stop is to length from stop to occiput as 2 is to 3.
The Akita's eyes are relatively small, almond shaped, clean, moderately set apart and dark brown, eye rims dark and tight. The Akita's ears are small, thick, triangular, not low set, carried forward over eyes in line with the back of the neck, firmly erect. The ears are moderately set apart and slightly rounded at the tips.
The Akita's jaws are stong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, that is the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
The Akita's neck is thick and muscular, comparatively short, widening gradually toward the shoulders. Pronounced crest blends with the back of the skull.
The Akita's shoulders are stong and powerful, moderately laid back, elbows very tight. Forelegs well boned and straight when viewed from the front. Pasterns inclining at approximately 15 degrees.
The Akita's body is longer than high, males 10 to 9, bitches 11 to 9. Chest wide and deep, depth of brisket is one half height of the Akita at shoulder. The Akita has a well developed forechest, level back, firmly muscled loin, moderate tuck up. Skin pliant but not loose.
The Akita's hindquarters are strong and muscular, well developed thighs, moderate turn of stifle. Strong hocks, with only only moderate angulation, well let down, turning neither in nor out.
The Akita's feet are thick, well knuckled, very tight, turning neither in nor out. Pads hard, nails hard. Dewclaws on hind legs customarily removed.
The Akita's tail is large and full, set high, carried over the back, full or double curl, always dipping to or below level of the back. On a three quarter curl tail, tip dips down flank. Root large and strong, hair coarse, straight and full with no appearance of plume. Sickle or uncurled tail highly undesirable.
The Akita's outer coat is coarse, straight and standing off the body, undercoat is soft and dense. Coat at withers and rump is approximately 5cm, slightly longer than on rest of body, more profuse on tail. No indication of ruff or feathering. An colour including white, brindle or pinto. Colours are brilliant and clear, markings are well defined with or without mask or blaze.
Akita Breed Standard
Height at withers - Dogs 66-71 cms (26-28 inches), Bitches 61-66 cms (24-26 inches).
Physical Appearance, Characteristics and Temperament
Eyes, Ears, Mouth and Neck
Forequarters, Hindquarters and Body
Feet, Tail, Coat and Size
AKITAS and SHIBAS in Australia
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