Whilst the original breed is originating from Japan, there are two strains of Akita -- the Japanese "Akita Inu" and the American "Akita". While in most countries they are considered different breeds, in the USA and Canada, the Akita and Akita Inu are considered one breed with separate varieties. Commonly aloof with strangers while affectionate with family members, the Akita is a powerful, independent and dominant breed. The Akita is known to be intolerant of other dogs of it's breed, as it is territorial about it's property and reserved with strangers. The Akita was never bred to work in groups, in fact the breed is known to work either alone or in opposite-sex pairs. The Akita Inu comes in a narrow palette of colours, while the Akita comes in all dog colours. With a large bear-like head, triangular ears and small, dark eyes, the Akita is a substantial spitz breed, built for cold weather. Weighing 70-130lbs, the Akita stands 24-28" at the shoulder. The Akita is prone to many health problems, including Subaceous Adenitis, Cushing's Syndrome, Addison's Disease, Hypothyroidism, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia and immune sensitivity to vaccines and drugs.

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