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APPEARANCE - Large, powerful, alert, with much substance and heavy
bone. The broad head, forming a blunt triangle, with deep muzzle,
small eyes and erect ears carried forward in line with back of neck,
is characteristic of the breed. The large, curled tail, balancing
the broad head, is also characteristic of the breed.
- 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.
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.
and muscular; comparatively short, widening gradually toward shoulders.
A pronounced crest blends in with base of skull.
GAIT - Brisk and powerful with strides of moderate length. Back remains strong, firm and level. Rear legs move in line with front legs.
SIZE - Males 26 to 28 inches at the withers; bitches 24 to 26 inches. Disqualification--dogs under 25 inches; bitches under 23 inches.
TEMPERAMENT - Alert and responsive, dignified and courageous. Akitas may be intolerant of other dogs, particularly of the same sex.