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Tall, powerful, alert, with a lot of substance and heavy bones. The broad head, forming a blunt triangle, with a deep muzzle, small eyes and erect ears carried forward in the extension of the neck, is characteristic of the breed. The large curled tail, balancing the broad head, is also characteristic of the breed.
Massive but in balance with the body; wrinkle free when comfortable. Skull flat between the ears and wide; Wide and powerful jaws with minimal dewlap. The head forms a blunt triangle when viewed from above. Fault – Narrow head or snipey. Ears – The Akita’s ears are characteristic of the breed. They are strongly erect and small compared to the rest of the head. If the ear is bent forward to measure length, the tip will touch the top edge of the eye. The ears are triangular, slightly rounded at the tip, broad at the base, set widely on the head but not too low, and carried slightly forward over the eyes in line with the nape. Disqualification – Fallen or broken ears. Eyes – Dark brown, small, deeply set in and triangular in shape. Eye black and tight rims. Lips and Tongue – Lips black and not drooping; pink tongue. Teeth – Strong with a preferred scissor bite, but an acceptable flat bite. Disqualification – Visibly under or exceeded.
Thick and muscular; relatively short, gradually widening towards the shoulders. A pronounced ridge blends into the base of the skull. Body – Longer than high, 10 to 9 in males; 11 to 9 in bitches. Measure from the point of the sternum to the point of the buttocks. Wide and deep chest; reaching the elbow, the depth of the body at the elbow is half the height of the dog at the withers. Well sprung ribs, well developed breast. Level back with a firmly muscled kidney and moderate tuck. Soft but not loose skin. Serious faults – Light bone, slender body.
Large and full, placed high and worn on the back or against the side in a three-quarter-length loop, full or double, always dipping to the level of the back or below. On a three-quarter loop, the point goes down well along the side. Big and strong root. The tail bone reaches the hock when it is descended. Coarse hair, straight and full, without the appearance of plume. Disqualification – Sickle or uncoiled tail.
Strong and powerful shoulders with moderate recoil. Strong boneless, straight fore legs seen from the front. Angle of pastern 15 degrees forward from vertical. Faults – Elbows in or out, slack shoulders
Double coating. Thick, soft, dense underlay that’s shorter than the outer layer. Outer coat straight, hard and slightly off the body. Short hair on the head, legs and ears. Hair length at withers and rump about two inches, which is slightly longer than on the rest of the body except the tail, where the coat is longest and most profuse. Defect – Any indication of collar or feathers
Width, muscle development and bone comparable to the anterior quarters. Upper thighs well developed. Breath moderately bent and hocks well let down, turning neither in nor out. Claws – On the front legs usually not removed; dewclaws on hind legs usually removed. Feet – Cat feet, well articulated with thick pads. Feet straight ahead.