History of the Akita Inu


Akita is the name of a state up north of an island named Honshu in Japan. The word "Inu" means "dog" in Japanese.


The Akita Inu is a breed over 3000 years old, it dates from the 17th century. It was back then a hunting dog (bear, deer and wild boar) and a bodyguard to the Samurais. Only nobles were allowed to own Akitas Inu, symbols of happiness and prosperity.


The Akita was on the brink of extinction during World War II. The skin was used into making clothes. The police captured all dogs except German shepherds. The owners would bypass the laws by hiding in the mountains. Their sturdiness and hunting instincts helped them survive.


In 1909, Masataka Mori, the then governor of Akita Prefecture, enacted an ordinance to prohibit dog fighting. Public opinion gradually favoured preserving this breed. In 1919, the law for the preservation of natural monuments was established. The Akita name wasn't given until 1931. In an effort to preserve the purity of the Odate breed, the Akita-Inu Preservation Society was established in 1927.  Subsequently, the breed was appointed natural monument in 1931, and every effort has been made to preserve the breed and return to standard.


So this is what this amazing breed is all about.