Akita by BarbBarcikKeith

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19×24 colored pencil on pastel paper. Original available.

As of 10-23-14, 4098 views and 6 favorited.

NOTE: for anyone who loves fact based stories about animals, the movie “Hachi” with Richard Gere should fill the bill. It’s about an Akita who loyally waited for his dead master’s return for 9 years. The “real” dog’s name was “Hachiko” and there is a statue erected of him at the train station where he kept his vigil. I’m not sure about the spellings but I’m sure you’ll figure it out. Wonderful movie!


Large, powerful and alert, the Akita is a working breed that originated in Japan. Dignified and courageous, the Akita today is popular in the show ring and also participates in performance and therapy work. The breed’s thick double coat can be any color including white, brindle or pinto. An Akita trademark is the plush tail that curls over his back.
One of seven breeds designated as a national monument in its native Japan, the Akita has been used as a versatile hunting dog there for many years. There is even a spiritual significance attached to the breed when a child is born in Japan, the family will receive an Akita statue signifying health, happiness, and long life. The Akita first arrived in the United States when Helen Keller brought one over in 1937 (info from AKC.org).

  • Complete 10-08-1996 in 15.58 hours spread over 8 days

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I love what I do and I do what I love.. been drawing for over 60 years now – I hope I’ve got it right.

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  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning work!!!!

  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillover 3 years ago

    Just beautiful, my brother had one.

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful drawing! I saw the movie in Japanese; I didn’t know there was a western version of it too – such a moving movie, and so sad. Comes to show what loyal companions dogs are.

  • Every time I think about that dog’s long and faithful vigil, I cry. Wish more people were like him..and thank you

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Kay Cunningham
    Kay Cunninghamalmost 3 years ago

    Must hire the movie. Love the art.

  • homesick
    homesick10 months ago

    Your work is very beautiful, welcome to join our group if interested: The Snow Dog

  • I’ll take a look and thank you!

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • I checked out the group and it says “photos only”.. so my art would not be acceptable. But thanks for liking what I do..

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • homesick
    homesick10 months ago

    Oh, I’ve host that group only a while now, I will change that, you artwork is welcome!

  • Keala
    Keala9 months ago

    Wonderful work!

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