Massive but in balance with body; free of wrinkle when at ease.
Skull flat between ears and broad; jaws broad and powerful with
minimal dewlap. Head forms a blunt triangle when viewed from above.
Fault--Narrow or snipey 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
nose surface. 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
rounded 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 broken 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 short, widening
gradually toward shoulders. A pronounced crest blends in with base
Longer than high, as to 10 is to 9 in
males; 11 to 9 in bitches. Measurement from the point of the sternum
to the point of buttocks. 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 sprung, brisket well developed.
Level back with firmly-muscled loin and moderate tuck-up. Skin
pliant but not loose. Serious Faults--Light bone, rangy
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 hock 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 layback. Forelegs heavy-boned and straight as viewed from
front. Angle of pastern 15 degrees forward from vertical. Faults--Elbows
in or out, loose shoulders. Hindquarters--Width, muscular
development and bone comparable to forequarters. Upper thighs well
developed. Stifle moderately bent and hocks 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.
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 slightly longer than on
rest of body, except tail, where coat is longest and most profuse.
Fault--Any indication of ruff or feathering.
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 color from
Brisk and powerful with strides of moderate length. Back remains
strong, firm and level. Rear legs move in line with front legs.
Males 26 to 28 inches at the withers; bitches 24 to 26 inches.
Disqualification--dogs under 25 inches;
bitches under 23 inches.
Alert and responsive, dignified and courageous. Akitas may be
intolerant of other dogs, particularly of the same sex.
Partial or total lack of
pigmentation on nose.
Drop or broken ears.
Undershot or overshot.
Sickle or uncurled tail.
Dogs under 25 inches; bitches under 23 inches.
Approved May 12, 2009
Effective July 1, 2009