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White Akitas – Your Guide To The White American Akita

Last updated on December 16th, 2023 at 02:12 pm

The white Akita, with a noble presence, is one of the most devoted dogs in the animal kingdom. To determine whether white Akitas are a good fit for your lifestyle and family, we’ll cover everything about them in today’s post.

Can Akitas be white?

Akitas can be white, but their bodies shouldn’t have any additional markings or colors.

White Akita appearance

Only slightly longer than they are tall, white Akitas have a balanced appearance. Their look reflects the cold-weather adaptability required for their original role as hunting dogs in the cold mountains of Japan.

White Akitas are a large breed with heavy bones. The breed’s physical features include a large head with erect triangular ears and a bushy tail curve over their backs. They also have small, dark, and deeply set eyes.

This double-coated breed has two layers of fur: A harsh topcoat and a soft undercoat. The American Akita comes in a wide variety of color and color combinations, and white is one of them.

Is an Akita a large or medium dog?

The Akita is a large dog breed. Male dogs typically weigh 100 to 130 pounds and stand 26 to 28 inches tall. Females are 24 to 26 inches tall and weigh 70 to 100 pounds.

What are Akita dogs known for?

The white Akita originates from northern Japan and is famous for appearing in many Hollywood movies. The breed comes in two types: Japanese and American.

White Akitas are excellent guard dogs since they have a history of serving as guardians of nobility and royalty in feudal Japan. They stand for longevity, happiness, and good health. In 1938, the Japanese government gave two Akitas to an American woman named Helen Keller, who is credited with bringing this breed to the US.

Lifespan: Longest living Akita

White Akitas have a similar lifespan to other large breeds like the German Shepherd. They generally can live around 10 to 13 years. However, these loyal canines can live longer if they receive love and proper care from you. Amazingly, the oldest Akita was reported dead in 2011 at the age of 26

What is the personality of an Akita?

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White Akitas are friendly, loving, and playful with family. They enjoy having their family around and want to participate in every daily activity. They will protect you at any cost.

However, these dogs are alert and naturally wary of strangers. You should be aware of Akita’s strong personality. This breed is not for timid people! In addition, they are prone to be aggressive towards animals, especially same-sex dogs. So they are best suited to a one-dog household.

Training and socialization need to start at an early age if you want your Akita to mature into a well-behaved dog.

What should an Akita eat?

Obesity, cancer, and diabetes in dogs are climbing at alarming rates. More and more people realize the benefits of eating fresh food for their dog’s health and the risks associated with various commercial pet food manufacturing processes.

An ideal meal for white Akitas should be balanced and nutritionally complete for dogs. It is also optimal for the large breed, your dog’s age, activity level, ideal weight, and sensitivities.

How do you stop an Akita from shedding?

White Akita dogs shed a lot, especially during seasonal transitions when they leave clumps all over your house. Of course, you will need to brush their coat more often than usual at these times to keep shedding under control and ready for cleaning up.

How often do Akitas need to be grooming?

As we mentioned above, white Akitas require regular brushing. But with their dense double coat, they also need proper bathing to have a beautiful shiny coat. 

To avoid infection, you should check and clean their ears often. Brush their teeth at least once a week to support their oral health. And trim their nails when you hear clicking sounds on the floor.

All White Akita health issues

White Akitas are generally healthy. However, they can be susceptible to some problems like hip and elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal degeneration, and autoimmune hypothyroidism.

How long should you walk an Akita?

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White American Akita dogs require regular exercise to be healthy and happy. You should spend a minimum of 45 to 60 minutes walking and running with your dog every day. They also like playing in a large, secure garden with entertaining activities.

When should you start training an Akita?

Many Akita owners complain their dog is becoming aggressive. The most common reasons are they 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 white American Akita puppy or any dog. With an independent breed like Akita, you better start training as soon as possible if you want your dog to become a well-behaved dog.

White Akitas can easily hurt people and other animals if they aren’t trained from a young age. It helps to reduce unwanted or unpleasant behavior in your canine. Trained dogs are happier and healthier dogs!

But the method you use is also very important. Remember that white American Akita dogs do not respond well to the harsh training method. Instead, you better use positive reinforcement – reward desired behaviors with treats, toys, or anything else your dog finds enjoyable.

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.

How much is a white Akita?

An Akita puppy costs an average of $1,000 in the US. Puppies typically cost between $600 and $2,000 each. However, the cost will also depend on the breeder, region, bloodline, color, age, prize, etc.

Becoming a dog parent is one of the most memorable moments of life. But before bringing your new best friend home, it’s vital to have all the right things to make sure the adoption is really smooth and makes them feel right. You may feel overwhelmed by tons of puppy products on sale and not sure what items your puppy actually needs. That’s why I’ve compiled this minimalist puppy checklist to help you get started.

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