August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
menu bar above to decide which breed best fits your
lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Akita Dog & Puppy Breed Information
The Akita averages 27” of imposing presence. His coat is non-matting and comes in any color and markings. Extremely clean, reserved with strangers, accepting of family pets and children, he can be dog aggressive, assertive, and stubborn but experienced owners appreciate the Akita’s depth of character and loyalty.
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Akita Puppy & Breed Information


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The Akita breed evolved on Hokkaido Island where he was first used to hunt mountain bear and boar. He was later “pitted” in arenas that tested strength and courage.  Today’s Akita retains a dominant character.  Much spiritual and cultural significance is attached to the Akita; he is a symbol of health and long life. 


Akita Coat, Color, Care: His big, off standing, Arctic-type coat is easy care except when shedding, during which time he will require regular combing to remove loose hair.   The Akita comes in white or any brilliant color, with or without white markings or dark face mask.


Akita Personality: Dignified and reserved, often described as cat-like, the Akita is exceptionally clean and having lived in palaces and rice paper huts, he’s safe with priceless carpets and antiques.  The breed is virtually silent but when an Akita speaks, others pay attention! 


Exercise Requirements: Akitas are big dogs and while quiet and laid back, they do require regular outdoor exercise.  A fenced yard will do but adult Akitas don’t chase balls or self-exercise so jogging beside a bicycle may be a better option to keep him fit, in good muscle tone, and prevent nervous habits such as chewing or licking.


Health Concerns: Hip dysplasia and luxating patella (knees) are common with large, fast growing breeds but can be modified by diet.  Eye problems (entropion, ectropion, occasional cases of PRA) and other disorders are considered hereditary and puppies should be from cleared parents.  Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects.  A partially home cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.


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Akita AKC Standard
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