Akita Inu-Breed Standard

ORIGIN : Japan.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 13.03.2001.
UTILIZATION : Companion dog.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :
Group  5          Spitz and primitive type.
Section 5          Asian Spitz and related breeds.
Without working trial.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Large-sized dog, sturdily built, well balanced and with much substance ; secondary sex characteristics strongly marked, with high nobility and dignity in modesty ; constitution tough.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS : The ratio of height at withers to length of body ( from the point of the shoulders to the point of the buttock) is 10 : 11, but the body is slightly longer in bitches than in dogs.

BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT : The temperament is composed, faithful, docile and receptive.

HEAD

CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : The size is in proportion to the body.  The forehead is broad, with distinct furrow.  No wrinkle.
Stop : Defined.

FACIAL REGION :

Nose : Large and black. Slight and diffuse lack of pigment accepted in white dogs only, but black is always preferred.
Muzzle : Moderately long and strong with broad base, tapering but not pointed.  Nasal bridge straight.
Jaws/Teeth : Teeth strong with scissor bite.
Lips : Tight.
Cheeks : Moderately developed.
Eyes : Relatively small, almost triangular in shape due to the rising of the outer eye corner, set moderately apart, dark brown : the darker, the better.
Ears : Relatively small, thick, triangular, slightly rounded at tips, set moderately apart, pricked and inclining forward.

NECK : Thick and muscular, without dewlap, in balance with head.

BODY :

Back : Straight and strong.
Loin : Broad and muscular.
Chest : Deep, forechest well developed, ribs moderately well sprung.
Belly : Well drawn up.

TAIL : Set on high, thick, carried vigorously curled over back ; the tip nearly reaching hocks when let down.

LIMBS

FOREQUARTERS :

Shoulders : Moderately sloping and developed.
Elbows : Tight.
Forearms : Straight and heavy-boned.
HINDQUARTERS : Well developed, strong and moderately angulated.
FEET : Thick, round, arched and tight.
GAIT : Resilient and powerful movement.

COAT

HAIR : Outer coat harsh and straight, undercoat soft and dense ; the withers and the rump are covered with slightly longer hair ; the hair on tail is longer than on the rest of the body.
COLOUR : Red fawn, sesame (red fawn hairs with black tips), brindle and white.  All the above mentioned colours except white must have Ť urajiro ť.
(Urajiro = whitish coat on the sides of the muzzle, on the cheeks, on the underside of jaw, neck, chest, body and tail and on the inside of the legs).

SIZE  :

Height at the withers :
Dogs           : 67 cm,
bitches        : 61 cm.
There is a tolerance of 3 cm more or less.

FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

• Bitchy dogs / doggy bitches.
• Undershot or overshot mouth.
• Missing teeth.
• Blue or black spotted tongue.
• Iris light in colour.
• Short tail.
• Shyness.

ELIMINATING FAULTS :

• Aggresive or overly shy.
• Ears not pricked.
• Hanging tail.
• Long hair (shaggy).
• Black mask.
• Markings on white ground.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.