The Aikita was bred in Japan as a hunting dog and is their national monument. They represent health, happiness and longevity thus, a statue of this dog is given to families of a new born child.
Helen Keller brought the breed to the United States in 1937 and became a popular guard dog. They are quiet animals and very protective. Families that want to add them as a member must be aware that they must be supervised at all times, obedience trained, given a job and involved in activities like hunting or agility.
They are in the working group and a large, thick coated dog requiring daily grooming. The male stands no higher than twenty-eight inches with a slightly, long body. A heavy boned canine with a triangular head, small eyes and pricked ears, squarely stacked with a muscular tail looped over the back or thigh.
This elegant breed is not for the novice owner. They need a strong, knowledgeable person that can maintain an alpha dog status in the family.