Dog Breed Guide: Akita

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An Akita with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Akita

Height (to base of neck): females 24-26″ males 26-28″

Weight:  females 75-85 lb, males 85-110 lb

Color: Many accepted including brindle, pinto and white

Origin: Japan

Coat: Thick double coat, outer hairs stand out and undercoat is soft and dense.

Life Expectancy: 11-12 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Is an Akita the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Akita was originally used for hunting in harsh environments, thus they are able to withstand rugged terrain.  While the Akita is intelligent and adaptable, care should be taken when choosing this breed as a family pet.  They have been known to attack members of their own family and tend to be dog aggressive. They require an experience owner that can start socialization and obedience training very early.  They tend to be heavy shedders and require a lot of stimulation to prevent boredom driven behaviors.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Akita 

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
 Skin allergies  $613  $3,485
 Arthritis  $556  $1,861
 Ear infection  $187  $564
 Pyoderma  $254  $684
 Gastritis  $870  $3,092


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