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Akita – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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 Akita dog crate size


Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1972
  • Lifespan: 10-13 years
  • Size: Large
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 48" dog crate* to 54" dog crate* (Depending on Size)

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The Akita or Akita Inu is a large size breed that is originally from Japan.

Akita has great hunting skills because of its large size and its bravery. These skills mean that it is well suited to hunting pigs, big deer, and the Yezo bear in Akita province.

The Akita’s ancestor was the Akita Matagi that was also used for deer and bear hunting. Akita Matagi had a small size and was eventually replaced by the Akita Inu, which provided a more robust size that is needed for hunting.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Akita in 1972.

These medium energy dogs are known as powerful, courageous, dignified, and alert dogs.

Nowadays, Akita is commonly used for the show ring and some of the dogs are also used for therapy work.

It has various colors such as brindle, brown, white, and pinto.


The Akita belongs to the large-sized dog category.

It has strong bones.

This breed has small eyes, a broad head, and erect ears.

It has a good posture and excellent balanced frame.

It is stands 28 inches high and 130 lbs (60 kg) in weight.

Its skull is in line with its body with a wide forehead.

The nostrils are big and black.

The Akita has a thick coat with longer fur on its back.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to large-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


The Akita Inu has a long thick coat, so owners need to do regular body brushing to get rid of debris and dirt on its fur. Its coat will change seasonally.

Its eyes need to be checked to remove dirt.

Owners also need to trim its nails regularly to prevent overgrowth or cracking.

It also needs regular ear checking to make sure they are free of wax and debris.

Teeth should also be brushed regularly.


Owners need to have a large yard to support its exercise needs as this dog can be really active.

Dailly exercise of between 30-60 minutes is recommended.

As a strong dog, the Akita can be trained to do hard jobs like pulling a carriage and other activities like hunting and running. However, owners also need to consider its age and should not force it to do a too hard job for too long.

The Akita also likes jumping.

Akita is also good with children and will play with them. Appropriate training and supervision are recommended.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends a 48" dog crate* to a 54" dog crate* (depending on size) for most adult Akitas.

Return to the main Dog Crate Sizes Breed Chart.

* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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