The Japanese Akita Inu are dogs especially suited for guard duties, since they are strong and big, protective, daring, and always on guard. They can handle cold climates very well and are excellent swimmers. Because of their big size, they require big spaces. They have been bred to hunt big prey, so leaving them alone with other animals or children without adult supervision is inadvisable. With the proper training and socialization, however, they can be good family dogs.
The water-resistant double coat of the Akita Inu is thick and of medium length. The coat’s color is white with beige. They are thick-boned dogs, with frontward ears and a tail that curves upwards. They have a height of around 70 cm for males and 60 cm for females. Males weigh around 50 kilos, while females may weigh from 35 to 45 kilos.