The Akita is large, powerful, and alert, with much substance and heavy bone. The broad head, forming a blunt triangle, with deep muzzle, small eyes and erect ears carried forward in line with back of neck, is characteristic of the breed. The large, curled tail, balancing the broad head, is also characteristic of the breed. The head is massive but in balance with body; free of wrinkle when at ease.
The ears of the Akita are characteristic of the breed. They are strongly erect and small in relation to rest of head. If ear is folded forward for measuring length, tip will touch upper eye rim. Ears are triangular, slightly rounded at tip, wide at base, set wide on head but not too low, and carried slightly forward over eyes in line with back of neck.
They have a large and full tail, set high and carried over back or against flank in a three-quarter, full, or double curl, always dipping to or below level of back. On a three-quarter curl, tip drops well down flank.
The gait is brisk and powerful with strides of moderate length. Back remains strong, firm and level. Rear legs move in line with front legs.
The Akita temperament is alert and responsive, dignified and courageous. Akitas may be intolerant of other dogs, particularly of the same sex.
For more detailed information, please check out the Akita listing at the American Kennel Club website.
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