The Japanese Akita Inu is a well-balanced, solid and sturdy dog that is slightly longer than it is tall. Standing 58 to 70 centimetres at the withers and weighing 75 to 118 pounds, it is a large Spitz-type breed, a bit smaller than its American cousin. It has a round head, broad and flat skull, well-defined cheeks, and straight and deep muzzles. It has a large nose (flesh for white dogs), tight lips with pigmentation, small almond-shaped and dark brown eyes, thick triangular ears with round tips, and strong jaws with a perfect scissor bite.
Akita Inus are double-coated dogs. They boast of a straight, coarse outer coat that stands off, which is slightly longer at the withers and rump, and more profuse on the tail. Their undercoat is soft and dense with no feathering. According to KC standards, the accepted colours are fawn, brindle, sesame, and white.
The Akita Inu is a very clean dog that often exhibits cat-like cleaning characteristics. This breed has a short coat so it does not have any special grooming requirements aside from regular brushing to remove dead hair. However, it sheds heavily all year round especially during spring and autumn so prepare to have hair all over the house, including on furniture and your clothes. While grooming your Japanese Akita Inu, inspect for spots and fleas. It is also important to brush its teeth twice a week to maintain good oral health. Keep its ears clean to prevent infections and nails trimmed as overgrowth can be painful and uncomfortable.