Canis ISSN: 2398-2942 Akita Synonym(s): Japanese Akita Introduction Biological Data Introduction General information Once used in Japan for pit fighting, its use also included large-game hunting. This is the only large Japanese breed. Not a demonstrative breed, the Akita is a good companion. Not easily obedience trained, and sometimes difficult to handle. The Akita has a reputation for being aggressive towards other dogs. Very suitable for a colder climate, but does require regular grooming. Most suitable for an experienced dog handler. Biological Data This article is available in full to registered subscribers Sign up now to purchase a 30 day trial, or Login Further ReadingPublicationsRefereed papers Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource. Other sources of information For information on Genetic Testing Providers (labs) genetic tests, and tests by breed, visit International Partnership for Dogs (https://dogwellnet.com/). For a list of DNA tests available for certain breeds worldwide, visit Kennel Club Worldwide DNA tests: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/for-breeders/dna-testing-simple-inherited-disorders/worldwide-dna-tests/. The Kennel Club Breed-specific requirements and recommendations including health screening: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/9846/abs_breed_specific_requirements_and_recommendations_web.pdf. Mitchell G & Mitchell K The Akita. Ringpress. Linderman J & Funk V The New Complete Akita. Howell. ISBN 0876050313. Organisation(s) Visit the Kennel Club website to search for details of KC-registered breed clubs -thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/findaclub/breed/. Akita Association - www.akita-association.org. Visit the American Kennel Club website to search for details of AKC-recognized breed clubs - www.akc.org/clubs/search. Akita Club of America - www.akitaclub.org.