General Appearance Large, powerful, alert, with much substance and heavy bone.
Characteristic Large, broad head, with relatively small eyes and erect ears carried forward in line with back of neck; large, curled tail, in balance with head.
Temperament Dignified, courageous, aloof; tends to show dominance over other dogs.
Head and Skull Large, in balance with body, skull flat, forehead broad, defined stop and clear furrow. Head forms blunt triangle when viewed from above, free from wrinkle. Muzzle broad and strong, cheeks well developed. Nose large and black, bridge straight. Lips tight and black. In white dogs flesh colour pigmentation is permissible on nose and lips. Length from nose to stop is to length from stop to occiput as 2 is to 3.
Eyes Relatively small, almond-shaped, clean, moderately set apart and dark brown. Eye rims dark and tight.
Ears Relatively small, thick, triangular, not low set, carried forward in line with the back of the neck when viewed in profile. Moderately set apart, slightly rounded at tips.
Mouth Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Neck Thick and muscular, comparatively short, widening gradually toward shoulders. Pronounced crest blends with back of skull.
Forequarters Shoulders strong and powerful, moderately laid back. Elbows very tight. Forelegs well boned and straight when viewed from front. Pasterns inclining at approximately 15 degrees.
Body Longer than high, as 10 is to 9 in males, 11 to 9 in bitches. Chest wide and deep, depth of brisket is one-half height of dog at shoulder. Well developed forechest. Level back, firmly muscled loin, moderate tuck up. Skin pliant but not loose.
Hindquarters Strong and muscular, with only moderate angulation and stifle. Well developed thighs, strong hocks, well let down, turning neither in nor out. Hindquarters
Feet Thick, well-knuckled, very tight, turning neither in nor out. Pads hard. Nails hard.
Tail Large and full, set high, carried over back, full or double curl, always dipping to or below level of back. On a three-quarter curl tail, tip dips down flank. Root large and strong. Hair coarse, straight and full with no appearance of a plume. Sickle or uncurled tail highly undesirable.
Temperament Dignified, courageous, aloof, tends to show dominance over other dogs, though the trait is not encouraged.
Gait/Movement Vigorous, powerful and fluent with strides of moderate length. Back remains firm and level. Hindlegs move in line with front legs, whilst gaiting may single track.
Coat Outer coat coarse, straight, and standing off body. Undercoat soft and dense. Coat at withers and rump is approximately 5 cms (2 ins), slightly longer than on rest of body more profuse on tail. No indication of ruff or feathering.
Colour Any colour including white brindle or pinto. Colours are brilliant and clear. Markings are well defined with or without mask or blaze.
Faults Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
JAPANESE AKITA INU BREED STANDARD
Large, well-balanced, sturdily built dog of Spitz type. Very slightly longer than high.
Alert and agile. Thick triangular ears, pricked and inclined forward. Dark eyes, set and shaped to give a distinctive appearance. Stand off coat with brilliant colours and defined markings. Tightly curled tail.
Dignified and composed with a courageous character.
Head and Skull
When viewed from the front the head appears rounded due to well developed cheeks. From above, the head appears as a blunt triangle. Broad skull, flat and free from wrinkle. Defined stop and distinct furrow. Muzzle straight, of good depth, tapering gradually. Skull to muzzle proportions 3:2. Nose large and black except in white dogs where flesh coloured is acceptable. Lips tight with dark pigment.
Placed moderately apart, relatively small, almond shaped, dark brown and obliquely set. Eye rims dark and tight.
Thick, triangular and slightly hooded, with rounded tips. Proportionately small, set moderately well apart, pricked and inclining forward. Closely following the line of the back of the neck.
Strong jaws with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Full dentition and well developed teeth.
Thick and muscular, of moderate length, without dewlap. Pronounced crest blending with back of skull.
Shoulders moderately laid back with well developed muscles. Elbows set close to chest. Forelegs well boned and straight when viewed from the front. Pasterns slightly sloping.
Length from point of shoulder to point of buttock slightly greater than height at withers, as 11:10. Females may be slightly longer. Strong, level back. Chest deep with well developed forechest. Moderately sprung ribcage with well defined tuck up. Short coupled with a broad and muscular loin.
Strong and muscular with moderate angulation. Well developed thighs. Moderate turn of stifle. Strong hocks, turning neither in nor out.
Round, arched and tight with thick pads. Turning neither in nor out.
Set high. Thick, full and of good length. Tightly curled over the back. Uncurled tail highly undesirable.
Moderate strides that demonstrate an efficient, rhythmic and resilient gait, converging towards the centre line at speed. Stilted gait undesirable.
Outer coat course, stand-off and straight. Slightly longer at withers and rump. More profuse on tail. Undercoat soft and dense. No indication of ruff or feathering.
Red fawn; Sesame (red fawn hairs with black tips); Brindle; White. All the foregoing colours, except white, must have ?urajiro? markings, which may be less visible on the brindle, where it may be a greyish frosted overlay of the main coat colour. (Urajiro ? whitish coat on the sides of the muzzle, on the cheeks, on the undersides of jaw, neck, chest, body and tail, and on the inside of the legs). The urajiro markings must blend in gradually with the main coat colour and not extend above the elbow or hock. White markings in the main body coat are undesirable.
Height at withers: dogs 64-70cms (25 ¼-27 ½ ins); bitches 58-64 cms (22 ¾-25 ¼ ins).
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog?s ability to perform its traditional work.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Long Coated Akita
Some Akitas may
carry a recessive gene that may produce a “Longcoat”. In order to produce a
Longcoated Akita, both the Sire and the Dam must carry this recessive gene.When
this recessive gene is carried by both parents then a puppy with a lush long
undercoat may make its way into the litter of puppies. Longcoats are easy to
pick out as they grow. As a tiny puppy a longcoat can be noticed for its
feathering around the ears and eyes. Its coat may appear different in texture as
well look very thick and plush in comparison to its littermates.
Longcoat Akitas have a reputation
for having excellent temperments, they are known for being more laid back than a
short coated Akita. Unfortunatley their beauty is not highly looked upon in the
show ring. A longcoat Akita is know to be a fault in the show ring, therefore is
not to be bred from and are usually found in loving homes on a pet only basis.
You will find the texture of a longcoat Akita, often softer and silkier than a
Compared to many medium to
longcoated breeds, Akitas are a pleasue to groom. Their resilient, odorless
coats require no special trimming, and a regular brushing with an under rake is
all that is necessary to keep them naturally beautiful. Long-coated Akitas need
more regular brushing to keep mats at a minimum. Mats tend to form in the soft
fur around the ears.
It has been said that Long-coated
Akitas have the best structure under all that fur. They are almost always the
largest in a litter with the best conformation to the Standard. It is one reason
why it is sad to say they are not allowed to be shown.
Although not welcome in the
Showring a Longcoat Akita makes a wonderful companion for any home. Not only are
they the most beautiful things you have ever seen but their temperaments are a
bonus. Many who have owned a Longcoat would never own anything but a longcoat!