Japanese Akita Inu
The Japanese Akita Inu originates from... Hailing from the Japanese island of Honshu, the Akita was declared a national monument in 1931. The breed, primarily developed to hunt big game animals including bear, elk and boar, has enjoyed great popularity throughout its existence, both as a guard dog and versatile hunter. Taking its name from the Akita Prefecture mountain region from where it derives, the Akita Inu is still widely seen as a police and service dog in its native country, being highly prized for its willingness, trainability and loyalty. Sadly, during WWII many Akitas were slaughtered for food and their fur, diminishing numbers significantly. Fortunately, enough survived, with many being taken back to America alongside servicemen returning from a tour of duty in Japan. Officially recognised by the AKC in 1973.