The Akita breed was originally found in the Akita Prefecture in Northern Japan, and is said to mean, “Tender in heart, strong in spirit”.
“Inu” is Japanese for dog, though in Japan the dog is actually referred to as Akita Ken. The Japanese value the Akita as a national treasure, and often use the Akita as a symbol of health and well-being.
The Akita is a rather large breed, with a thick coat and a powerful and alert disposition. Akitas serve well to protect their families by being alert and loyal in nature, and are said to be good with small children.
But note they are also characteristically troublesome around other dogs. They are also prone to hip dysplasia, immune problems, and skin problems.
The most famous Akita is Hachikō, a dog revered in Japan for his loyalty. When his owner died, Hachikō walked to the train station every day for the rest of his life to look for him. In memory, a life-size statue of Hachikō still stands at Shibuya Station.