Originating in Japan several thousands of years ago, this ancient dog breed is dignified and loyal. Akitas are strong, powerful dogs known for their erect ears, curled up tails and bushy coat, which can be white, pinto or brindle in color.
Akitas are easy to train and require a medium level of exercise and activity. In some ways, they are like a cat – they like to groom themselves and are independent yet loyal. The breed is great with kids and pretty good with other dogs; some have been known to be aggressive with other canines, especially those of the same sex.