The Akita, or Akita inu is a big breed of dog originating in the mountainous northern areas of Japan. The Akita is an independent, strong and dominant strain, warm with family members although generally aloof with strangers. As a strain, Akitas are usually hardy, but be sensitive to particular drugs and they are known to have problems with various genetic conditions.
In many states, the American strain of Akita is considered a different breed. In Canada and America, nevertheless, both forms are considered one strain with differences in kind. For some time, the American breed of Akita was understood in some states as the “Great Japanese Dog”. Both types of Akita are likely best known globally in the authentic narrative of Hachikō, a faithful Akita who lived in Japan before World War II.