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The Akita is an ancient dog breed,
according to influential research on the dog genome that found unique genetic fingerprints for 85 breeds. The Akita is the largest of the native breeds of Japan, and is associated with the island of Honshu.  Like the other native breeds, which include the Shiba, the Shikoku, the Ainu or Hokkaido dog and more, the Akita was a hunting dog for many thousands of years. In the 20th century, Japanese dog lovers rescued their native dogs, including the Akita, and many were declared natural monuments. 

Now, due to historic breeding patterns, the FCI has created two breeds:  the Japanese Akita and the Japanese Great Dog.  Click for breed resources.

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Breed Resources  [ Top ]

Breed Profiles:

  Akita Standard, American Kennel Club

  Akita, The Kennel Club, UK

  Evolution of AKC Standard for Akita: including
  the Japan Kennel Club standard of 1955 and the
  AKC standard of 1972, and the 1999 FCI decision
  to split into two breeds

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  Why Two Breeds?  This look at Akita history, including crossing with large
   dogs for fighting and with German Shepherds during World War II, explains
   why Americans have one type of Akita while Japanese people have worked
   to restore what they consider the orginal Akita hunting dog

   How the Separate Breeds Were Created: the processes used to determine
if an individual dog is a Japanese Akita or Great Japanese Dog

   Japanese Akita, FCI standard for the breed and Great Japanese Dog, FCI
   standard for the breed formerly called the American Akita by FCI

   Great Japanese Dog, FCI standard, former American Akita, and the breed in
   the context of more than 40 large breeds in the FCI Group 2 [The Japanese
   Akita is in FCI Group 5, the primitive and spitz dogs]

   Coat Colors:  any color including white is allowed, but the six basic colors are
   black, brown, red, fawn, silver and white, with related details given on brindling,
   overlays, undercoats, masks and other markings including pinto, and the many
   different Akita colors illustrated with photos of puppies

   Colors of Brindle Akitas: black, red, silver, fawn and brown brindles are found
   in the Akita, and more information and photographs

   Akitas with Long Coats: not standard-fitting, they do occur

Breed Organizations & Groups:    [ Top ]

  AKC Parent Club for the breed
    The Akita Club of America
    Akita Standard

  Akita Rescue Society of America with much breed information and
  straight talk on breed temperament

  Akita Ring: linking more than 50 sites

Breed Articles: Health, Nutrition, Puppies, More:

  Akita Info:  health issues, grooming, standards, from Canada's
  Guide to Dogs

  Akita Health Resources:   care, vaccinations

  Akita Health Issues

  Grooming Your Akita:  the basics

  Show Grooming an Akita:   all the details, including equipment

Akita Links   [ Top ]

Akita Information Page:  on temperament,care, grooming, activities and work, clubs

Is the Akita Right for You? appearance,temperament, suitability as a pet

Akita Links:  to information and to breeders, at Open Directory

Akita Breeders:  directory at Yahoo

Akita Links and  Akita Network

Ancient Breeds include the Akita   [ Top ]

  History of the Akita:  A look at breed origins stretching back to the end of the
  Ice Age, when land bridges connected Japan to Siberia, through the long Jomon
  culture period, and early 20th century efforts to preserve Japanese native dogs
such as the Akita and others including the Hokkaido and Kai -- and finally a look
  at breeding after World War II that led to differences between the Japanese Akita
  and the breed type in America, based on dogs imported immediately after the war.

Canine genetic research published in the journal Science in May 2004
  showed that 14 of 85 breeds examined have a "genetic fingerprint" with
  considerable similarity to the wolf and form a cluster considered most like the
  early domestic dogs.  However, according to two analyses, seven of these
  14 have the oldest genetic patterns: Chow Chow and Shar Pei [China],
  Akita and Shiba [Japan], Basenji [Africa], Siberian Husky [Northeast Siberia]
  and the Alaskan Malamute [Northwest Alaska].

  Akitas and GJDs: a good at their history

E-cards, Graphics - Akitas

  E-cards with Akitas:   three pictures available

  Akita Greeting Cards:  six cards for holidays and special occasions

  Dog E-cards: with seven pictures of Akitas of different colors

  Web Page Left Border Set with Akita: free for personal use

Famous Akitas   [ Top ]

  Famous Akitas: the loyal Hachiko and the Akitas of Helen Keller

  Hachiko - Most Famous Akita and More about Hachiko & Photos

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