The Akita is one of Japan’s most ancient and beloved dog breeds, with origins tracing back to the early 1600s. During this time, they were known as Odate dogs and were used by samurai warriors in hunting boar, bear and deer. The breed then became a favorite companion in Japan because of its friendly nature and loyal disposition.
In 1931, the Akita was designated as a Natural Monument by the government in Japan. This led to their eventual recognition by both the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1972 and by The Kennel Club (UK) in 1991. Today's modern Akita is used primarily as a show or companion breed but are still trained for hunting and sledding games around carnivals or on farms.