One of dogdom’s true clingers, this breed is so devoted to its humans that it will act like a totally different dog around other dogs and people who aren’t part of its clan.
But when it’s just you and your Akita, get ready for a thrilling ride. These muscular dogs love to play and protect, readily showing extreme affection and silliness.
Temperament: Courageous, dignified, profoundly loyal
Height: 26-28 inches (male), 24-26 inches (female)
Weight: 100-130 pounds (male), 70-100 pounds (female)
Life expectancy: 10-13 years