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GENERAL IMPRESSION
Large, powerful, alert, with much substance and heavy bone. The 1._____________head, forming a blunt triangle, with deep 2__________, small eyes and erect ears carried forward in line with back of neck, is characteristic of the 3____________. The large, curled tail, balancing the broad head, is also characteristic of the breed.

Head
Massive but in balance with body; free of 4.___________when at ease. Skull flat between ears and broad; 5.__________broad and powerful with minimal dewlap. Head forms a blunt triangle when viewed from above. Fault--Narrow or 6.____________head. Muzzle--Broad and full. Distance from nose to stop is to distance from stop to occiput as 2 is to 3. Stop--Well defined, but not too abrupt. A shallow furrow extends well up forehead. Nose--Broad and black. Black noses on white Akitas preferred, but a lighter colored nose with or without shading of black or gray tone is acceptable. Disqualification-- partial or total lack of pigmentation on the 7._____________. Ears--The ears of the Akita are characteristic of the breed. They are strongly erect and small in relation to rest of head. If ear is folded forward for measuring length, tip will touch upper eye rim. Ears are triangular, slightly 8.__________at tip, wide at base, set wide on head but not too low, and carried slightly forward over eyes in line with back of neck. Disqualification--Drop or 9._________ears. Eyes--Dark brown, small, deep-set and triangular in shape. Eye rims black and tight. Lips and Tongue--Lips black and not pendulous; tongue pink. Teeth--Strong with scissors bite preferred, but level bite acceptable. Disqualification--
undershot or overshot.

Neck and Body
Neck--Thick and muscular; comparatively 10._____________, widening gradually toward shoulders. A pronounced crest blends in with base of skull.

Body
Longer than high, as to 10 is to 9 in males; 11 to11.______________in bitches. Measurement from the point of the sternum to the point of 12.______________. Chest wide and deep; reaching down to the elbow, the depth of the body at the elbow equals half the height of the dog at the withers. Ribs well 13.______________, brisket well developed. Level back with firmly-muscled loin and 14._____________tuck-up. Skin pliant but not loose. Serious Faults--15.________________, rangy body.

Tail
Large and full, set high and carried over back or against flank in a three-quarter, full, or double curl, always dipping to or below level of back. On a three-quarter curl, tip drops well down flank. Root large and strong. Tail bone reaches 16.__________________when let down. Hair coarse, straight and full, with no appearance of a plume. Disqualification--Sickle or uncurled tail.

Forequarters and Hindquarters
Forequarters--Shoulders strong and powerful with moderate 17.______________________. Forelegs heavy-boned and straight as viewed from front. Angle of pastern 15 degrees forward from vertical. Faults--18.______________ in or out, loose shoulders. Hindquarters--Width, muscular development and bone comparable to forequarters. Upper thighs well developed. Stifle moderately bent and 19.__________well let down, turning neither in nor out. Dewclaws--On front legs generally not removed; dewclaws on hind legs generally removed. Feet--Cat feet, well knuckled up with thick pads. Feet straight ahead.

Coat
Double-coated. Undercoat thick, soft, dense and shorter than outer coat. Outer coat straight, harsh and standing somewhat off body. Hair on head, legs and ears short. Length of hair at withers and rump approximately two inches, which is 20._____________longer than on rest of body, except tail, where coat is longest and most profuse. Fault--Any indication of ruff or feathering.

Color
Any color including white; brindle; or pinto. Colors are rich, brilliant and clear. Markings are well balanced, with or without mask or blaze. White Akitas have no mask. Pinto has a white background with large, evenly placed patches covering head and more than one-third of body. Undercoat may be a different 21.________________from outer coat.

Gait
Brisk and powerful with strides of moderate 22._______________. Back remains strong, firm and level. Rear legs move in line with front legs.

Size
Males 26 to 28 inches at the withers; bitches 24 to 26 inches.
Disqualification--dogs under 25 inches; bitches under 23 inches.

Temperament
Alert and 23.______________, dignified and courageous. Akitas may be intolerant of other 24._____________, particularly of the same sex.

Disqualifications
Partial
or total lack of 25._____________on nose.
Drop or broken ears.
Undershot or overshot.
26.____________or uncurled tail.
Dogs under 25 inches; bitches under 23 inches.

Approved May 12, 2009
Effective July 1, 2009


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sprung
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layback
wrinkle
color
breed
muzzle
jaws
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Elbows
hocks
length
snipey
short
pigmentation slightly
nose surface
buttocks
Sickle
hock
Light bone

 


 

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