The American Akita – Different, but very much alike
Some people consider the Japanese Akita and the American Akita to be the same breed. However, saying they are the same breed is just like saying the Alaskan Malamute is the same as the Siberian Husky.
In reality, there are similarities. That’s true. But with that being said, there are a lot of differences as well.
The appearance of the American Akita:
The American Akita is a huge dog. People actually compare him to a grizzly bear due to his size and looks. The American Akita’s weight is between 75-130 lbs (34-59 kg) for males and between 70-100 lbs (32–45 kg) for females. His height will range from 26-28 inches (66-71 cm) for males, and 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) for females. (According to the FCI)
Unlike the Japanese Akita, the American Akita comes with a bigger color variations such as:
- Red Brindle
- Silver Brindle
- Black Brindle
- Brown Brindle
- Blue Brindle
- Fawn Brindle
Behavior and personality
Just like the Akita Inu, The American Akita is a loyal and protective dog. Due to his stubborn personality, it’s very difficult to train him. And therefore, is not recommended as a pet for novice dog owners.
On top of that, they can be dangerous dogs. They consider smaller animals as prey. The biggest difficulty is the fact that they are not showing any sign of aggression before the attack. Whilst most dogs growling and showing teeth, the American Akita will attack without any sign of warning.
In addition to that, they will avoid barking as well. Rather than that, they have the “Strong and silent” personality.
However, the Akita will bark to alert his owner against intruders and therefore, making him a great dog for guarding.
Grooming & Shedding
Just like his Japanese cousin, the American Akita needs constant care when it comes to grooming. There’s not much difference between the two. Feel free to check our Grooming section to find out more.
Overall, the Akitas are healthy dogs. However, as most large dogs, they don’t live too long. With a lifespan of 10-15 years, get ready for a huge commitment.
The Akitas have common health issues such as: Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Bloat, Sebaceous Adenitis and Hypothyroidism.
The best way to avoid having these health issues is to find an ideal puppy from a great breeder.
We made a detailed article about choosing an ideal puppy and you can read it by clicking here.