Akita Inu Dog Breed, Temperament Overview With Pictures

Akita Inu Dog Breed, Temperament Overview

The Akita Inu is a large dog breed that originated in the northern part of Japan and dates back to a couple of centuries. 

It is well known for its Territorial manner that makes it an excellent guard dog. 

According to the American Kennel Club, two varieties of this breed exist- the American Akita and the Japanese Akita Inu (Inu is a Japanese word which means Dog). 

The rest of the world recognizes these as 2 separate dog breeds. 

The Akita is a National symbol of japan. As such, it is quite costly to buy such breeds. 

Akita Inu- Temperament Overview

We have made this section just to help you decide if this the breed that will be suitable to be your canine companion. 


The Akita is a very intelligent dog, a characteristic that makes it an easy dog to train.

 However, their independent demeanor makes them really stubborn during training exercises. 

As such, it takes longer to train them as compared to other dogs. 

For best results, keep them interested in the training – by rewarding them with treats.  


When you speak of loyalty, the Akita Inu is a perfect definition. They like to stick to their owners at all times. 

This dog will do everything it can to keep its owners safe- it very brave. 

This will make a good guard dog for you as well as your property. 


The Akita breed is a very self-assured dog. It will not always be at your feet, begging for some attention.

They will spend a lot of their time wandering in your compound, exploring. 

That being said, they do not really suffer from separation as compared to, say, the Japanese Spitz. 


Despite his envious sturdier body frame, the Akita Inu has such an intimidating presence, character; they are very gentle. They adjust according to the person that they are with. 

The Gentleness allows them to get along well with kids so much. In fact, they have a special liking for small children. 

Just as they will protect you, these breeds will be your child’s protector as well as best friends for a long time.  


While it may be a friendly dog around its owners, the Akita Inu does not like to cuddle as much as the other Japanese dogs. 

Hence, they are the least affectionate dog breeds among the 13 breeds that originated in Japan. 


The Akita Inu is friendly as long as it is around its owners. However, it is territorial around strangers, during which it will bark very loudly to scare them off. 

This is the main characteristic that makes them great watchdogs.

Also, they do not get along with dogs of the same gender, according to the American Kennel Club. This is common in male dogs. 


Unlike other dogs that like to perform tricks to entertain their owners, such as the Japanese Spitz, these dogs do not regularly seek their owner’s attention. 

Instead, they spend a lot of their time to themselves. 


As we said mentioned before, the Akita Inu is very territorial than social. Because of this, they do not get along well with other dogs, even of the same breed. On top of that, they dislike cats and other animals. 

It is crucial that you should socialize them while they are puppies. 


Due to their fighting traits, the Akita Inu is a very active dog. As such, it will be suitable for you if you are an active and outgoing person. 

On the other hand, their activeness means that these dogs need quite a lot of exercise to keep them fit. A simple walk will not be enough as an exercise. 

The duration of the exercise should be anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour every day and they can either be runs or playing in the back yard.


These dogs are very playful around their owners. When it comes to playing, this dog will keep up to whatever you want to do. 

When you are not around it will entertain itself with activities like digging.


Because they are territorial dogs, these dogs are automatically observant in nature. They are alert to their immediate surroundings and will pick up signals of anything odd to them.

In this case, they will bark to warn their owners. 

If you are looking for a Japanese watchdog, this is the breed that you should get. It will be your knight in shining armor. 


Genetically, the Akita Inu is a quiet dog. It is, however, noisy in times when it sees a stranger or an animal in its territory- your compound. 

When you take this dot out with you, it will most likely bark to scare off other dogs- showing its dominance. 


Naturally, this dog is not as instinctual as other Japanese dogs, in terms of hunting or tracking. However, they are pack dogs that always want to be dominant among other dogs, as well as humans. 

This is a trait that they inherited from their ancestors who were used as fighting dogs. 

Akita Inu – Quick History

The Akita Inu dates back to as far as the 1600s where it was used in activities such as dogfighting. 

In the early 1900s the breed faced a decline because it was crossed with other breeds like the mastiff to produce puppies that would have a balance in temperaments.

The Japanese then later restored the Akita by crossing the Hokkaido Inu, Matagi and the remaining Akita crosses. 

Due to the occurrence of the Second World War, the breed was near extinction. They survived by being crossbred with the German shepherds to save them from the order that all non-military dogs should be killed. 

Later after the war, the breed slowly increased in popularity and because of its loyalty, it was chosen to be the National symbol of Japan, which they are until today. 

Today, a lot of these dogs are owned in many homes as pets and watchdogs. Others have responded to a higher calling and work as service dogs in the military. 

Behavior Issues

Do they bark and Howl when left alone?

They are independent dogs that do not often seek their owner’s attention or affection. 

If you are going away for a short time, they will do just fine- it will be their time to be adventurous.

 However, when you are away for a long time, they will start to miss you and will bark. 

Do they jump at, and do they pull the leash?

Yes. The Akita is a dog that will always prove itself to be dominant among humans or dogs. 

As such, they will be pulling the leash when they see a person that is intimidated, or when they see another dog walking on the other side of the road.

You have a tougher time at a dog park. Consider buying a no-pull harness for this dog.  

Training Needs

  • Use of positive reinforcements

Because the Akita Inu can sometimes be stubborn during training, you may be tempted to use harsh methods of training to keep them in line- this will only make things worse. 

In other words, you should not associate anything negative to your dog’s training. As positive reinforcement, use treats to get your dog interested in the training. 

Benefits and Impact of Early socialization

Just as we mentioned, this is the dog that must be socialized at a young age to ensure that the protective and dominant behavior is minimized. 

This should be very easy for them as pups. 

  • House and Potty Training

You should provide house training to your dog so that they should know how to act when they are indoors- to keep them in their best behavior. 

Finding the Perfect Dog Breed Puppy

Most Japanese dog breed are considered to be rare dog breeds outside of Japan. And this is all down to the fact that very few dog breeders actually breed Akita Inu, Hokkaido Inu or Shiba Inu at the same rate as German Shepherd or Teacup terriers. 

So, Finding a perfect Akita Inu puppy dog means more money and indeed diligence in researching historical data about the seller or the breeder. 

With due diligence, you can make sure that you do not buy an Akita Inu puppy that has been bred in an unhealthy environment by scrupulous dog breeding copycats.

Who to buy from (Regulated Dog Breeders)

There are many breeders from which you can obtain your Akita in the US and other major countries around the world. 

However, most Akita dogs that you are like likely to find in the US are American Akita breeds, which are recognized as a different breed from the Japanese ones. 

You have the option of find reputable breeders in the breed’s country of origin. This will make sure that you have a pure Japanese Akita.

How to choose your ideal puppy?

When choosing a puppy, check about the dog’s history, it is parents’ health issues and other issues.

 If you are not sure how to use this information to make a purchase, call an expert to help you with the process.

Should you get a rescue/use adoption or buy a puppy?

Either way, you choose, you will get an Akita Inu. Take it for a medical checkup to ensure that the breed does not have any conditions and if it does, it should receive early treatment. 

Also, make sure the puppy gets the necessary vaccinations. 

How much does the Akita Inu puppy dog cost?

 Because of its status as the National Symbol of Japan, this dog is the most expensive dog breed in japan, going at $2,500 per puppy. 

With that price, it is considered to be the 10th most expensive dog breed in the world. 

Final Word About Akita Inu Dog Breed Temperament.

  • Because the Akita Inu is a pack canine, it can have the opportunity to dominate you if it perceives that you are intimidated by his presence. And, if you let any Japanese dog breed to dominate you and your household, do not be surprised to notice how quickly the same cute Akita Inu who looks adorable becomes disobedient and vicious to other pets. 

You should, therefore, always show your dog that you are dominant in the household. 

  • On exercises, make sure that your dog receives them every day, as stated earlier. Exercises will help to drain away some of that energy and keep them from boredom.

A bored Akita usually results in destructive behavior and disobedience. 


Hey, I’m Eddie, one of the publishers at Japanese Dog Breed Guides. And from an early age, dogs have been a massive part of my life. I remember the day my family brought home a Shiba Inu puppy dog, and we called him Ginger. It was love at first sight, no wonder I’m always partially gravitating towards Japanese dog breed. Growing up around a dog breed like the Shiba Inu opened up a new window into this rare dog breed of Japanese Origin. And you would think that having been through with more than one of them, I would lose interest. Strangely enough, my passion for these blue-eyed dogs has exponentially grown from strength to strength! The magic of owning a pet dog is the unconditional love they exhibit towards their owners. And the Japanese dog breeds are no different at sharing that love, which is something special. They’ll always be a part of my life and I hope yours too.

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