Dog Breeds and Behaviors, the Akita

There are various dog breeds characterized as “aggressive” and/or “dangerous,” however before applying a label it’s important to remember that any dog, regardless of breed, could act aggressively if the animal isn’t trained and monitored properly.

History & Overview

It’s especially important that breeds with particular physical and behavioral predispositions receive proper training and monitoring, this certainly applies to the Akita Breed. Akitas are large dogs and can weigh as much as 150 pounds. They also have a strong bite force, and can be more inclined to bite in particular situations than other breeds due to behavioral characteristics.

The Akita Breed has been used for hundreds of years as hunters and guard dogs. They are very protective, and can be aggressive in nature. Akitas are especially protective over their territory and their owners. People and or other animals can easily trigger aggression in an untrained Akita if the dog believes there is a threat to themselves, their territory or family.

Avoiding Dog Bites:

An Akita will typically show warning signs pre-attack, including growling and snarling. These signs should be taken seriously and those in the vicinity of the dog should back off.

Those who own Akitas are highly encouraged to seek adequate training. offers various ‘do’s and don’ts’ for training your Akita.

If you own an Akita and fail to properly train your pet you’re putting yourself and others in a potentially dangerous situation. Akita attacks can be very serious and even fatal.

If you are bit by an Akita, or another dog breed, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options.