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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).