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Brown Akita – A Complete Guide to the Brown American Akita

Last updated on December 16th, 2023 at 02:09 pm

The brown American Akita, with a noble and intimidating presence, is one of the most loyal dogs in the world. In today’s post, we’ll learn “everything” about the brown Akita and help you figure out if they’re a good fit for your lifestyle and family. Let’s dive right in!

Brown American Akita appearance

The brown Akita’s appearance as a spitz breed reflects cold-weather adaptations needed for their original role. Their appearance is balanced, being only slightly longer than they are tall.

The Akita is a large breed with heavy bones. The breed’s physical characteristics include a big bear-like head with upright triangular ears. In addition, they also have small, dark, and deeply set eyes. Their tails are bushy and curve over the back.

Brown Akita dogs have a double coat with a dense undercoat and a short top coat. There are many different colors and color combinations in the American Akita, and brown is one of them.

Brown Akita full size

The brown Akita is a large spitz-type dog breed with heavy bones and imposing stature. Mature males typically stand 26 to 28 inches and weigh 100 to 130 pounds. Females stand 24 to 26 inches and weigh 70 to 100 pounds.

What are Akitas known for?

The Akita originated in northern Japan and has become famous because it has appeared in many Hollywood movies. There are two variations of the breed: Japanese and American. 

Helen Keller, an American woman, is credited with bringing the Akita to the US after being given two Akitas by the Japanese government in 1938.

Akitas are excellent guard dogs with a noble and intimidating presence. They were used to protect royalty and nobility in feudal Japan. These dogs are symbols of good health, happiness, and long life. When a child is born in Japan, parents usually receive a small statue of an Akita.

Brown Akita dog lifespan

Brown Akitas typically can live around 10 to 13 years. They have a similar lifespan to other large breeds like the Golden Retriever and the German Shepherd.

However, these loyal dogs can live longer if they receive proper care and immense love from good owners. The oldest known Akita passed away in 2011 at the age of 26. That shows the flexibility of the gene pool with the proper care and love.

What is the personality of a brown Akita dog?

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Brown Akitas are alert, intelligent, and bold. They are naturally wary of strangers and are one of the most loyal breeds in the world.

With family, these dogs are sweet, affectionate, and playful. They want to join every daily activity and appreciate having their family members around. They thrive on human companionship and have an instinct to protect the people they love.

But when it comes to other animals, brown Akitas tend to be aggressive, especially same-sex dogs. They must be well socialized with both humans and other animals from birth.

Be aware that Akita’s strong personality can be overwhelming. Brown Akita dogs are best suited to a one-dog household. Additionally, they are not a breed for timid people. 

Do Akitas need training?

“My Akita is becoming aggressive!” It is the most common complaint I’ve heard from Akita owners who did not train their dog from an early age or did it in the wrong way. 

So training is a must part of owning a brown Akita puppy or any dog. Training should start as soon as possible, especially with an independent breed like the Akita. It builds confidence, provides mental stimulation, and strengthens the human-dog bond. 

Brown American Akita dogs do not respond well to the harsh training method. It’s better to use positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement training rewards desired behaviors with treats, compliments, toys, or anything else your dog finds enjoyable. It is one of your most powerful tools for shaping or changing your dog.

Many readers have loved learning how to train their dogs based on scientific methods from a free workshop conducted by Dr. Alexa Diaz (one of the top service dog trainers in the U.S.) and Eric Presnall (host of the hit Animal Planet TV show “Who Let the Dogs Out”) at the K9 Training Institute. In the free workshop, you’ll discover:

    1. How to train your dog using body language rather than verbal cues
    2. The 3 key techniques that service dog trainers use to train dogs and how you can use them too
    3. The most important step that “normal” dog owners have been missing (this is very important to get your dog’s attention, and it works 100% of the time)
    4. How to stop bad behaviors like excessive barking, pulling on the leash, jumping, etc.
    5. Why a lot of dog owners are unable to establish the amazing bond that service dog trainers have with their dogs


Whether your dog is a puppy or an adult, this pre-recorded workshop will help you train them successfully. You may not want to miss the chance to learn these groundbreaking techniques. Here’s the free workshop.

Do brown Akitas shed a lot?

Brown Akitas shed quite a bit. Expect their dense undercoat to ‘blow’ twice a year, when they will shed so profusely and leave clumps all over your home.

Undoubtedly, owners should be ready to clean up. During this time, you should brush your dog’s coat more often to remove the dead hair.

How often should Akitas be groomed?

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Brown Akitas require regular brushing to keep shedding under control. With their dense double coat, proper bathing and drying techniques are fundamental for having a beautiful shiny coat.

Checking and cleaning ears should become part of the grooming routine to avoid infection. You also want to brush their teeth at least once a week to support their oral health. And don’t forget to trim their nails when you hear clicking sounds on the floor. 

What are Akitas prone to?

Brown Akitas are generally healthy, but they can be prone to some diseases like hip and elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and autoimmune hypothyroidism.

What is the best food to feed a brown Akita?

As obesity, cancer, and diabetes in pets climb at alarming rates, much scientific evidence shows the health advantages of a fresh food diet and the risks associated with many commercial pet food manufacturing processes.

Your Akita needs fresh food that’s nutritionally complete and balanced for dogs, as well as optimal meal plans for different combinations of breed, age, activity level, ideal weight, and sensitivities.

Brown Akita exercise needs

Brown American Akita dogs need daily exercise to keep them happy and healthy. You should spend at least 45 minutes to 60 minutes a day walking and running with your dog. They will also enjoy playing in a large, secure garden with plenty of fun activities that keep their brain active.

How much is an American Akita worth?

In the United States, the average price of an Akita puppy is $1,000. Most puppies cost between $600 and $2,000. However, the price will be higher or lower depending on the breeder, region, bloodline, color, age, rewards, etc.

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