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Akita Inu breed standard

Appearance
Akita InuAkita Inu is very well built. This is a very strong, muscular, strong dog, which is characterized by a heavy and flat head with a short muzzle, a bit like a bear. Her body is slightly stretched, and her chest is wide and flat, her back is straight.

It would seem that this dog is a classic shape, but its appearance is very original. Eyes, ears and a wide forehead make it look like a bear, a wolf and a fox. Akita by nature has a high growth (from 67 to 74 cm). This is the largest dog among all Spitz-like.

Akita Inu breed standard: basic characteristics
Country of origin – Japan.
The former name of the breed is Japanese dog.
General appearance: a large dog with a perfectly balanced and strong physique, heavy bones, powerful muscles, Head wide, slightly blunt in the shape of a triangle, small manholes, erect, open ears.
Temperament and behavior: friendly, incredulous, cautious, brave and obedient, with a strongly developed sense of self-esteem.
Head: large, but proportional to the body. When viewed from above, the shape of the Akita head resembles a blunt triangle.

Skull: wide and flat between the ears, and between the eyes there is a hollow, strongly setting on the forehead.

Nose: earlobe large and black, slight pigmentation is allowed only for dogs of white color.

Lips: black, tight-fitting jaw; pink tongue.

Ears: Compared with the size of the head, Akita ears are rather small, open, standing. The tip of the ear should reach the eye, if you tilt it slightly forward. The ears are in the shape of a triangle, but the ends are slightly rounded.

Eyes: small eyes, triangular, not protruding, dark brown (regardless of the basic color). The eyelids are black.

Neck: thick enough with powerful muscles. Short, the suspension is minimal, gradually expanding towards the shoulders.

Skin: not too close to the body, but not too loose. Light folds are possible.

Back: straight and level, muscular loin.

Chest: developed, wide, deep.

Tail: large, overgrown with hair, set high, kept slightly curled and curled over the back, in rare cases held along the back, wrapped three-quarters of the ring, while the tip hangs on its side. Wool coarse and long.

Limbs: front – powerful and straight, rear – powerful and wide, slightly apart.

Feet: Feline, straight, crumb thick, knuckles protrude.

Wool: double, with a thick and soft undercoat. The outer coat is slightly longer than the undercoat and much coarser. The average length of the coat over the entire body is 5 cm. On the tail and on the stomach a little longer.

Color: Color can be any (white, red, fawn, etc.). Brindle or piebald is possible. Any color should be clean and clear, without divorce. Existing spots should be with a clear contour and not blur. The color of the undercoat may be slightly different from the main hair.
Sizes: height at withers in a dog is from 66 to 71 cm, in a bitch – 61-66 cm.

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