Exercising Your AkitaGood Exercises For Your Akita

The Akita is a Spitz breed that is native to Japan and it the tallest of Japanese breeds. It was developed about 300 years ago to be a fighting dog, hunter of large game (deer, bear), and guard dog. The Akita is considered a national dog of Japan and its image represents good health.  This breed has almost become extinct several times, but there is now an emphasis on maintaining the breed. The breed has had many uses, such as police and military work, a guard dog, a fighting dog, a hunter of bear and deer and a sled dog.

Breed Type

Northern Breed

Physical Characteristics

  • large, heavy, but well-balanced body
  • triangular head with powerful jaws
  • short, sleek single or double coat


  • good-natured and quiet
  • intelligent, careful, stubborn
  • courageous and fearless
  • docile, very affectionate with its family, wary of strangers, aggressive toward other dogs

Best Exercises

Suggested Exercise Plan

Moderate exercise needs. This is a smart, strong dog that will appreciate mental and physical exertion every day. In fact, daily exercise should help keep him or her to be well-mannered. Medium to long walks daily are good, with occasional need the chance to run or long jog. If a runner, a run on most days is good too.

Things To Note

  • Akitas likes playing in cold weather and snow. Has a low tolerance for high temps.
  • Akitas are extremely loyal but thrive on firm leadership from their owners. Incorporate training in your exercise time if your dog is not already trained.
  • Not a particularly social dog. Dog parks, sports involving other dogs are usually not good choices.