• Akita association of Ireland first championship show 20 June 2015

    A lovely day  was had by all at the  Akita Association Of Ireland’s first championship show. Congratulations  to all the winners.  We are delighted that our first championship show was such a success and thank you to all who supported the show and special thanks to  Dave Killilea of Redwitch Akitas for judging.


  • Akita Association of Ireland Club Show 2014

    The Akita Association of Ireland Breed Club Show was held on Sunday 19 October 2014  Thank you  Mr Ross Delmar our Judge and thanks to our sponsor Petsolutions UK Eire and of course to all the people who help on the day and all that came along to  make the day a great success.   […]


  • 2015 Calendar

    The Akita Association of Ireland  are now taking orders for  adverts for their 2015 calender. Any member wishing to take out an advert can do so by emailing a photograph of their dog or dogs to  bob.modelvill@gmail.com. The cost is €50 per advert and the photograph must be over 1200 pixels.


  • Dog Friendly B&B

    Please take your membership card along with you when staying at any of the following as you may be asked for it. The Akita Association of Ireland have negotiated a 20% discount for all members at the dog friendly Rockville House B&B in Cashell, Co Tipperrary. This applies to all bookings made direct with Rockville House.  Akita Association members […]


  • St Patrick’s Day Pet Expo 2014

    The association were pleased to be at the IKC St Patrick’d Day pet expo 2014 Thanks are due to all who gave up their weekend…human and dogs to promote the breeds and make it another  great success for the Association.  Huge thank you to all the visitors to the stand who came to see and learn a little […]


The origins of the American Akita follow that of the Akita Inu, in the region of the Akita prefecture in northern Japan. They originally were medium sized dogs used for hunting bears and guarding homes. This was around the early part of the sixteen hundreds, this type of Akita was known as a Matagi Akita.Then as the years progressed some Japanese owners began to use their Akitas to fight other dogs, as a result of this the Akita was cross-bred with the Tosa and Mastiff resulting in an increase in overall size.

In 1908 dog fighting was prohibited, and this changed the outlook for the Akita as the Japanese breeders wanted to bring back the original characteristics lost by cross breeding the Matagi Akita. As a result superior examples of the breed were designated as natural monuments in 1931.

Another significant factor in the history of the Akita was the second world war. During this  period  Japanese Akita breeders were ordered to hand over all their dogs(with the exception of the German Shepherd, which was to be used for military purposes) to be used as a source of military garments. Some Akita breeders then started to cross breed with German Shepherds in order to save the Akita from certain extinction.  So by the end of the war there were at least three different type’s of Akita in Japan.  In 1937 the renowned Helen Keller is credited with importing the first Akita into the United States and after the war American service men of the occupying forces admired the Akita and adopted  them and the breeds popularity increased in the United States.  Most of these Akitas were of the larger type (Dewa line). As the breed grew in popularity the Akita Club of American was established in1956 and the American Kennel Club accepted the breed in October 1972.

However at this time the American Kennel Club and the Japanese Kennel Club could not agree on a common pedigree, consequently resulting in no new blood lines being introduced from Japan. Therefore the breed in the United States started to differ from the breed in Japan, which was being bred back to the Matagi Akitas with the objective of restoring the original Akita. It is true to say that even in Japan they were not certain of what version of the Akita, was the true one so there were different organization’s set up with their own breed standards but the dominant organization today is known as AKIHO and breeders largely through the efforts of this club recognise the Matagi Akita to be the true Akita and the larger type (Dewa line) Akita was incorrect, because of all the cross breeding.

The American Kennel Club and the Japanese Kennel Club did not recognise each other until 1992, and by this time the breed in Japan and America was so different that problems started to arise when judging them. The F.C.I. which is the show organization for most countries decided to go with the

standard of the country of origin which is Japan. Other countries like America, UK and a few others kept their own breed standards when the F.C.I. recognised the JKC standard.  This was a problem for the Akita breeders who were breeding the Akita that we now know as the American Akita because they  could not receive the grade excellent because of the difference between them and the Akitas bred in Japan. Eventually in 2000 the FCI  decided to split the breed, and initially the breed was called the Great Japanese Dog.  This did not go down well with the countries outside  the FCI, and  as time passed  the breed was recognised as the American Akita so now we have two breeds of Akita. One called American Akita and the other called Akita Inu.  In the UK, which unlike Ireland is not FCI affiliated the breeds are also split one is called the Akita and the other is called the Japanese Akita.  However in America the breed is not split and all are referred to as Akita.