The ancient Akita Inu breed has protected Japan for over 10,000 years. Commonly referred to as simply “Akita”, this dog built its legacy hunting in packs and taking down everything from deer to wild boars and even bears!
Built for winter, their webbed paws allow them to be agile hunters. Their reputation has led them to become a symbol of happiness, good health and longevity in Japan. They weren’t introduced to the United States until 1937 when Helen Keller brought an Akita back from her first trip to Asia.
Recently, Akita mixes have been growing in popularity in America and across the globe. Here are seven unique mixes to check out:
1. Akita + Husky (Huskita)
What a way to start the list! The Huskita combines the hunting instincts of a Husky with the protective instincts of an Akita.
A perfect outdoors dog, this playful and energetic mix is highly affectionate and great for people living alone. The Akita also makes a great watchdog.
Too many other animals at home probably isn’t a good idea for the Huskita as they can get territorial but one animal companion isn’t an issue.
2. Akita + Lab (Labrakita)
These two working breeds combine to make a very blue-collar mix. With a high prey drive they can be possibly aggressive towards other animals, but they seem to do well one-on-one with humans. Just don’t make it a habit of inviting too many guests over as Labrakita’s won’t respond well to this.
They’ll have a very thick double coat and the tail may or may not curl like the Akita’s!
3. Akita + Saint Bernard
What do you get when you mix two large breeds? Large bones, for one. This very strong dog is fit for more experienced dog owners as it typically grows to over 100 lbs (46kg) and lives more than 10 years.
They don’t do well alone but rather prefer to hang with a pack of humans or other dogs.
4. Akita + Newfoundland
This dominant mix is quite energetic and even a bit quirky. They usually love other dogs and are very outdoorsy. Owners report that they can be extremely friendly (that’s the Newfoundland blood) or quite independent (the Akita).
5. Akita + German Shepherd (Shepkita)
These giants can be quite serious but are great companions – they are typically courageous beasts! Many owners believe the strength of the German Shepherd and the temperament of the Akita make for an ideal combination. But make sure you have a fence as Shepkitas tend to be roamers and wanderers.
6. Akita + Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Originally bred for dog fighting, this mix is extremely strong. They require an experienced dog owner as they can be a handful. Rescuing this mix is one of the best ways to continue the decline of dog fighting
7. Akita + Chow
This one is all Asia. Japanese and Chinese breeds combine to make this loyal and mostly quiet dog. Great with children and small dogs, the Akita + Chow mix is also very easy to train. They can be quite strong willed if not trained when young and their thick coat requires frequent grooming.
8. Akita + Corgi Mix
This might be the most adorable mix on our list. They also get along great with other animals. Even though they can enjoy their quite time in a house full of people, you shouldn’t leave them at home alone for long stretches of time.
9. Akita + Poodle Mix (Akipoo)
These friendly little guys can be stubborn but make up for it with oozing friendliness. Great with other animals and children, the Akipoo is a quite high-energy dog in need of regular exercise. They don’t do well alone for long times, but who could stay away from this face for that long anyway?
10. Akita + Pit Bull Mix (Akit Pit)
Typically, these dogs have the fur of a pit with a mixed personality of the two parent breeds. Loyal, friendly and stubborn, the Aki Pit is pretty good with both children and other animals. Their enthusiastic nature makes it clear she desires to please her human.
11. Akita + Shar Pei Mix
This mix will most likely need a solid foundation of training. They can be stubborn and territorial. The Akita/Shar Pei mix likes to perform tasks and might not play when ‘on duty’. They require a high level of exercise and are not recommended for inexperienced dog owners.
12. Akita + Border Collie Mix
Friendly with strong herding instincts, this dog will need a lot of exercise. You’ll need to challenge them mentally too as they are extremely smart. With so much energy, they won’t do well in urban apartments. They prefer chasing small fast things, so keep an eye on any other small animals at home.
13. Akita + Mastiff Mix
These very powerful and strong dogs have a high prey drive. You’ll need to be an experienced dog owner or have a well-trained Akita/Mastiff. It gets along well with other dogs in most cases but maybe isn’t the best with small children.
How adorable! Do you own an Akita mix yourself? Tell us which one you liked best and which ones you think missed the mark.
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