The Japanese Akita is a breed which originated in the northern mountains of Japan (the Akita region).
Akitas have large, sturdy frames covered in thick, water-resistant coats. They have broad heads with short muzzles, black noses and pointed ears that carry forward. Their triangular eyes are dark and deeply set. They have thick, muscular necks that widen a bit at the shoulders.
Slightly longer than tall, Akitas have strong backs that end with curly tails, and their thick, double coats come in almost any color. Overall, Akitas carry themselves with a commanding power and self-assurance.
In addition to having great physical strength, Akitas also have powerful personalities. They are an ancient, strong-willed breed, and they need an owner who can devote the time, patience and training for proper socialization.
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