Akita Chow Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Akita Chow so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginJapan flagJapan China flagChina
Other Names
What other names does the Akita Chow have?
Chakita
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Akita Chow Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Akita Chow puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is an Akita Chow?
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Akita Chow, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Akita Chow for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Akita Chow gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Akita Chow? How many Akita Chow are there in the world?
Average: The Akita Chow is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Akita Chow Size

Size
Is an Akita Chow small, medium or large dog?

How big do Akita Chow get?

Large Medium
Weight
How much does the Akita Chow weigh? How much should the Akita Chow breed weight? What is the normal weight of an Akita Chow?
Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Akita Chow?
Male: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 kg)
Height
How tall is the Akita Chow? Akita Chow height:
Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Akita Chow?
Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Akita Chow Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Akita Chow have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FluffyDenseRoughWaterproofStraight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Akita Chow's coat?
RedFawnWhiteBlackBrownCinnamonBlue Cream
Grooming
How to groom the Akita Chow and how often?
Advanced: The Akita Chow requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Akita Chow a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Akita Chow, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Akita Chow dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Chakita?
Akita Chows are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Akita Chow need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Akita Chow every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Akita Chow Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Akita Chow have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertDignifiedFriendlyResponsiveCourageousDocileIntelligentVigilantIndependentFaithfulWillingProtectiveAloofLoyalDetachedQuiet
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Akita Chow? Is the Akita Chow breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Akita Chow obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Akita Chow ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Akita Chow dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Akita Chows are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Akita Chows, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Akita Chow sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Akita Chows don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Akita Chow a good family dog?
Average to High: Akita Chows are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Chakita need? Akita Chow social needs:
Akita Chows need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Akita Chow dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Chakita bark?
Low: The Akita Chow barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Akita Chow good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Akita Chows are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Akita Chows will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Akita Chow dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Akita Chows strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Akita Chow bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Chakita? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Akita Chow? Why do dog bites happen?

Moderate

The Akita Chow has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Akita Chow has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Akita Chow? How much bite force does an Akita Chow have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Akita Chow bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Akita Chow, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Akita Chow do?
Akita Chows have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Akita Chows need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Akita Chow to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Akita Chow roam?
Akita Chows have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Akita Chow have high prey drive?
Akita Chows have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Akita Chow good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Apartment-friendly dog the Akita Chow breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Akita Chows adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can an Akita Chow be left alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Akita Chow Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Akita Chow temperament with other people:
Akita Chows are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Akita Chow dogs get along with other pets? Are Akita Chow dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Akita Chows are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Akita Chow dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Akita Chow temperament with children:
Akita Chows are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Akita Chow dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Akita Chow breed live with a cat?
Akita Chows are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Akita Chow good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Akita Chow dogs get along with other dogs?
Akita Chows are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Akita Chow is not a good choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Akita Chow breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Akita Chow breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Akita Chows are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Akita Chows good office dogs? Do Akita Chows make good office friendly dogs? Can Akita Chows be office dogs?
No
Akita Chow is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Akita Chow dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Chakita temperament with senior people? Are Akita Chow dogs good for elderly owners?
Akita Chows are commonly okay with elderly people.

Akita Chow Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Akita Chow dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Akita Chow is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Akita Chow breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Akita Chow breed? Most common health risks of Akita Chow:
BloatHip DysplasiaHypothyroidismProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Sebaceous AdenitisEctropion
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Akita Chow breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Akita Chow see the vet?
Average
The Akita Chow should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Akita Chow dogs live? How old can a Akita Chow be? What is the age limit of the Akita Chow? How many years can the oldest Akita Chow live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Akita Chow?

13-15 years
The average lifespan of Akita Chow: 14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Akita Chow breed hypoallergenic?
No
Akita Chows don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Akita Chow have? What is the activity level of the Akita Chow?
Akita Chows have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Akita Chow need? How much exercise do Akita Chow dogs require per day?
Akita Chows have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Akita Chow breed need?
Akita Chows sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Akita Chow need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Akita Chow breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Akita Chow? How much food should I feed my Akita Chow?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Akita Chow risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Akita Chow's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Akita Chow's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Akita Chow can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Akita Chow has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Akita Chow drool?
The Akita Chow drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Akita Chow.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Akita Chow As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Akita Chow be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Akita Chow is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Akita Chow be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Akita Chow be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Akita Chow is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Akita Chow be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Akita Chow is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Akita Chow be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Akita Chow is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Akita Chow be a boat dog?

Not really

Akita Chow breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Akita Chow be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Akita Chow is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Akita Chow dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs. A combat dog is a specially trained dog that is used in warfare to help protect military personnel and assets. Combat dogs are often deployed in areas where there is potential for contact with the enemy, such as during raids or search operations. Combat dogs are typically assigned to either infantry or special operations units. They are used for a variety of tasks including area security, sentry duty, trackers, and explosive detection. In addition to their combat roles, combat dogs also play an important role in troop morale by providing companionship and emotional support.

Akita Chow Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is an Akita Chow pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Akita Chow breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Akita Chow: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Akita Chow have in a litter? How many puppies can the Akita Chow breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Akita Chow have? How many puppies can an Akita Chow give birth to?
3-12 puppies

Akita Chow Recognition

AKC Group
Is Akita Chow recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Akita Chow recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Akita Chow breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.

Akita Chow Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Akita Chow breed.
  • Watchdog Ability: Akita Chows are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Akita Chows adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Akita Chows are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Akita Chows don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Akita Chow requires a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Akita Chows are heavy shedders.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Akita Chow drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Akita Chow's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Mouthiness: Akita Chows have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Dog Friendly: Akita Chows are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Akita Chow is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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