The Akita is one of seven breeds designated as a national monument in his native country of Japan.
There is a spiritual significance attached to the Akita; when a child is born in Japan, the proud family will usually receive a small statue of an Akita signifying health, happiness, and a long life.
Despite its large size, the Akita is extremely affectionate and good with families.
At one time, Akita ownership was restricted to the Imperial family and the ruling aristocracy; caring & feeding of the Akita were detailed in elaborate ceremony and special leashes were used to denote the Akita's rank and the standing of his owner.
The Akita was first registered with the AKC in 1972.