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Adopted September 18, 1955


An Akita is quiet, strong, dignified and courageous.  He is also loyal and respectful, reserved and noble.  He is sensitive and deliberate yet possesses quickness.


The body is well balanced with a sturdy bone structure and well developed tendons and ligaments while the skin is free of wrinkles.  Differences in sex should be readily apparent
through general appearance.  In the dog (male) the ratio of height to body length is 100 co 110.   The bitch is slightly longer in length.  The height of the dog is 26  inches while the height of the bitch is 23-7/8 inches, plus or minus 1-1/8 inches.  The ratio of the height to the depth of chest is 2 to 1.


The skull is large and a little flat at the top.  Its forehead is wide without wrinkles but has a definite longitudinal crease. There is a well proportioned stop (depression between the cranial and nasal bones) between the forehead and the muzzle.
The cheeks are full.


The neck is thick and powerful.  The skin around the neck is free of wrinkles and the coat appropriately bristled.


The ears are thick, rather small, triangular in shape, and tilts slightly forward.  The lines are straight and the ears stand erect.  The distance between the ears are not narrow but not too wide.


The shape of the eyes is approximately triangular.  They are deep-set and slightly slanted.  The eye-rims are dark-brownish in color.  The distance between the eyes is proportionate


The nose (black portion) is full and the ridge straight.  The  base of the mouth is wide, the frontal portion not pointed, and the lips drawn.  The whiskered region is full.


The teeth are strong and have a scissor bite.


The chest is broad.  The rib cage is full.  The forechest is well developed and defined.  The stomach is drawn without flabiness (tucked up).


The back is straight and the hip is powerful.


The shoulders are well developed with proper shoulder angulation.  The elbows (joint) are strong.  The upper forelegs are straight, strong and thick.  The pasterns (portion directly above paws) are slightly slanted.  The paws are round, large, and thick and has a firm grip.                       


The hind legs are well developed, springy, powerful and sturdy. The rear pasterns have proper angles and possess a strong kick or thrust.  The paws are thick with a strong grip.


The tail is thick and tightly wound.  The length of the tail when extended must reach the hock joint.  The type of curls are called right curl, left curl, single straight, and double curl.


The outer coat is coarse.and straight, while the under-coat is fine and thick.  The coat at the withers (shoulder region) and rump is slightly longer than the rest of the body.  The tail has the longest coat.


White, black, red, silver-tipped, brindle and pinto.


1.   Permanent injury and dietary deficiency.
2.   Color of coat unbecoming to an Akita.
3.   Undesirable color combination of coat and eye-rim.
4.   Loss of tooth or teeth.  Undershot and overshot jaws.
5.   Black spotting on tongue.
6.   Lacking in courage, being timid, or displaying ferociousness or otherwise lacking the qualities suitable for Akitas.


1.  Floppy ears by birth (ears failing to stand).
2.  Straight tail by birth.
3.  Excessively long or short coat.
4.  Color of nose not matching the color of coat (reddish or pink nose acceptable with white coat) .
5.  Bilateral or unilateral cryptorchidism.
6.  Other defects detracting from the qualities of Akitas.

Past perspectives
Hellen Keller
AKC standard
Akita, a guide
1960 Akita Club of America Standard
FCI Akita Standard and Analysis
FCI American Akita Dog Standard
The Japan experience
Trip to Akita Odate Museum
Akita links
Each of the Akita dog clubs such as the Akitainu Hozonkai (Akiho). Nippon-ken Hozonkai (Nippo) and Akita-ken Kyokai (Akikyo) has an Akita Standard.  It is reported that Nippo was the first club to write the Japanese dog Standard which includes the Akita dog. [Read more]
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