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How to tell the difference? 29 Mar 2012 08:38 #4325

Being an Akita lover (there my favourite ever breed in the whole wide world) you will probably be quite surprised when I ask this, but would anyone be able to tell me how you tell the difference between an American Akita and a Japanese Akita?


Thankyou, feel quite embarresed actually
Ahah

Jessica&Charlie Boy

Re: How to tell the difference? 29 Mar 2012 10:22 #4328

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The short list of key features is:

- Has a black mask - American Akita
- Has white and colour patches - American Akita
- Very large - American Akita
- Any colour is accepted, this does mean that american akitas with the same colour coats as the Japanese Akita Inu are accepted.

The Japanese Akita Inu:

- only comes in 3 colours, Brindle, White and red and white. All colours have a white Urajiro colouring If the white extends above the hock/or elbow this is incorrect. As are white collars/spots although they sometimes appear. White patches on the body indicates an American akita.
- is smaller than the american
- ears are inclined forwards (american akita ears point more upright)
- Head is circular when viewed from the front

Here is a Japanese Akita Inu:

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Re: How to tell the difference? 29 Mar 2012 10:23 #4329

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This is the text from a flyer about the difference I wrote a while ago. It needs refining and improving but:

Following the second world war Akita's were brought to the west from Japan by American servicemen, these tended to be the larger, more imposing dogs that had been influenced by western breeds, during the war German Shepherd Dog types were spared. The breed in the west, in particular in the USA and UK developed over the following 50 years from these dogs. This has resulted in the breed that is known as the 'Akita' in the UK and the 'American Akita' in the countries affiliate to the FCI (which includes Japan and Europe).

Meanwhile in Japan, as the chaos following WWII was beginning to subside, the Japanese set about restoring the original Akita and ridding it of the western influences. They have spent the same fifty years doing this and their breed has evolved accordingly. The result of this effort is the breed that is known as the 'Japanese Akita Inu' in the UK and the 'Akita' in the countries affiliated to the FCI (which includes Japan and Europe).

The Japanese Akita Inu is quite a bit smaller and slighter than the American Akita; both in height and width. They have less substance, less bone, they are squarer in proportion, and have a totally different head type; fox-like almost, with almond shaped eyes. The standard allows red, brindle or white Japanese Akita Inus. Red and brindles must have "urajiro" markings, which is white on the face, cheeks, inside of legs, underbelly and under the tail. The black mask that is so much 'the look' of the American Akita is a disqualifying fault in the Japanese Akita Inu in the UK, Japan and all FCI countries.

The American Akita (Akita) is, as specifically demanded by our K.C. standard, "large with much substance and heavy bone". Akitas have a big broad head with a well defined stop, a deep muzzle and small triangular eyes. And ANY COLOR is welcomed! That means black or brown or red or white or fawn or silver, etc. The only stipulation, according to our KC standard, is that the colour be brilliant and clear.

The Kennel Club in the United Kingdom (U.K) at a meeting on 23 November 2005 approved the recognition of the Japanese Akita Inu as a separate breed of dog, separate from the Akita breed of dog. This came into effect from 1 January 2006.

In the United Kingdom the Akita and the Japanese Akita Inu are both exhibited in the Utility Group. In FCI Affiliated Countries the Japanese Akita Inu is known as the ‘Akita’ and the Akita is known as the ‘American Akita’ and are both exhibited in Group V, Spitz and Primitive breeds.

Re: How to tell the difference? 30 Mar 2012 16:19 #4347

Awwwwwwh right thankyou very much for that, thats brilliant!!!!!!!!!!
Inka was a Japanese Akita and Nushka was an American! The breeder said that Nushka was Japanese but she was much larger than Inka, (thicker coat) and she had a black mask on her face and was blonde with white markings!


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Re: How to tell the difference? 31 Mar 2012 10:48 #4357

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If she was born in the UK to non-imported parents before 2006 she'd have been an American Akita.

Re: How to tell the difference? 31 Mar 2012 21:25 #4358

Yeh she was

Jessica&Charlie Boy:)
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