Akitas were brought to the United States from Japan in the 1930s by Helen Keller. These beautiful, athletic dogs are intensely loyal and protective of their families. They have tightly curled tails, pricked ears and soft, double-coated fur, and come in three color patterns (solid, brindle and pinto). Akitas are large, strong, intelligent, and friendly with children. Their personalities are playful and affectionate. Akitas make wonderful pets and thrive on human companionship and attention.
The most famous Akita was a dog named Hachiko, who waited nine years in a Japanese train station for his owner who had died suddenly, to come home from work. A film called "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" was created in the dog's honor.
This breed is thought to have come from the province of Akita in Northern Japan, for which it is also named. The Akita's recorded existence dates back to the 1600's, when the breed was prized as a hunter and royal companion.