The Akita Inu breed standards
A set of guidelines covering specific externally observable qualities such as appearance, movement, and temperament for the Akita Inu.
Following the Akita Inu breed standards is very important if you want to be an Akita Inu breeder, so make sure that the puppy you will buy fits all the Akita Inu breed standards. However, you should consider more facts before choosing an ideal Akita Inu puppy. Therefore, we wrote a more detailed article about Akita Inu puppies and how to choose the ideal one. You can read it by clicking here
The appearance of Akita Inu :
The Akita Inu is a large sized dog, he is very noble and constitute with a magnificent royal wolf alike appearance in addition to it’s Japanese look.
The average height of an Akita inu is:
Female: 58–64 cm
Male: 64–70 cm
The average weight of an Akita Inu is:
Female: 34–50 kg (75-110 lbs)
Male: 34–54 kg (75-120 lbs)
The Akita Inu has a various types of different coat colors:
- Red Fawn
- Black Brindle
- Silver Brindle
- Red & Silver Brindle
All the colors mentioned above besides white must have “Urajiro” which are white or light cream markings or shading on the cheeks, neck, body, sides of the muzzle, underside of the jaw, the inner part of the legs and tail.
The Akita Inu’s head
Skull : The Skull’s size must be in proportion to the body with a broad forehead and distinct furrow. However, it must be without wrinkle.
The Akita Inu’s face:
Nose : Large and black. Slight and diffuse lack of pigment accepted in white dogs only, but black is always preferred.
Muzzle : Moderately long and strong with broad base, tapering but not pointed. Nasal bridge straight.
Jaws/Teeth : Teeth strong with scissor bite.
Lips : Tight.
Cheeks : Moderately developed.
Eyes : Relatively small, almost triangular in shape due to the rising of the outer eye corner, set moderately apart, dark brown : the darker, the better.
Ears : Relatively small, thick, triangular, slightly rounded at tips, set moderately apart, pricked and inclining forward.
NECK : Thick and muscular, without dewlap and in balance with head.
The Akita Inu’s body:
Back : Straight and strong.
Loin : Broad and muscular.
Chest : Deep, forechest well developed, ribs moderately well sprung.
Belly : Well drawn up.
Tail: Set on high, thick, carried vigorously curled over back ; the tip nearly reaching hocks when let down.
The Akita Inu’s Limbs:
Shoulders : Moderately sloping and developed.
Elbows : Tight.
Forearms : Straight and heavy-boned.
Well developed, strong and moderately angulated.
Feet : Thick, round, arched and tight.
Gait: Resilient and powerful movement.
Important proportions of the Akita Inu:
The ratio of height at withers to length of body ( from the point of the shoulders to the point of the buttock) is 10 : 11, but the body is slightly longer in bitches than in dogs.
The Akita Inu’s behavior and temperament:
The temperament is composed, faithful, docile and receptive.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault. Furthermore, the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
- Bitchy dogs / doggy bitches.
- Undershot or overshot mouth.
- Missing teeth.
- Blue or black spotted tongue.
- Iris light in colour.
- Short tail.
Eliminating faults :
- Aggressive or overly shy.
- Ears not pricked.
- Hanging tail.
- Long hair (shaggy).
- Black mask.
- Markings on white ground.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioral abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum
The Akita Inu breed standards, as well as the pictures, were brought you by the FCI.
In conclusion, You should definitely get an Akita Inu puppy who fits the breed standards. Especially if you want to take your dogs to the show rings, or become a breeder.
However, It’s much more important that your Akita Inu will be healthy and calm. Read our article “How to choose an ideal Akita Inu puppy” for more information.