Akita Chow

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88-132 lbs
23-25"
Unknown
Chakita

The Akita Chow is a mix between the Akita and the Chow Chow.  A large dog, the Akita Chow can weigh (on average) between 88 and 133 pounds while standing 23 to 25 inches tall, depending on the size of his parents. The fur of the hybrid is long, straight and considerably thick, seen in brown, red, black, fawn, silver and white. The Akita Chow is typically loyal, quiet and independent with a tendency to be possessive of his owners and indifferent to those that he doesn’t know. Sometimes stubborn, the Akita Chow will do best with an owner that is willing to develop a strong relationship through training.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Akita, Chow Chow

Akita Chow Health

Average Size
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 99-145 lbs
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 88-132 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Distichiasis
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Pemphigus
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Skin Scraping
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination

Akita Chow Breed History

The hybrid called the Akita Chow is a new breed of dog that does not have a detailed history. However, the two breeds that combine to make the Akita Chow, have centuries of history. The ancestors of the Akita were called matagi-inu which means “hunting dog”. Dogs of the breed were often used as fighting dogs in the late 1800’s and crossed with other breeds in order to improve fighting ability. In 1927 the Akita-Inu Hozonkai Society of Japan was formed with a goal of preserving the original Akita and in 1931 the breed was given the designation of a national treasure of Japan. This dog became more common in the United States after WW II when soldiers returned, along with the dogs, from serving in Japan. The Akitas often work as guard dogs or as a part of law enforcement. The bone structure of the Chow Chow is similar to the oldest fossilized dog remains from several million years ago. It is thought that the Chow Chow originally worked as a temple guard dog and was used for hunting (especially for nobility). When imperial hunts declined, the number of Chow Chows did as well. Stories exist that the Chow Chow was used for food and fur in Mongolia and Manchuria. The Breed got its name in the late 1700’s when dogs arrived in England from China; the name is said to come from the word that meant Oriental knickknack, as the dogs were listed as such on the ship’s cargo log. More of the breed were imported to England and then the United States in the late 1800’s, ultimately gaining popularity in the US in the 1980’s.

Akita Chow Breed Appearance

The Akita is a hybrid dog from the Akita and Chow Chow, averaging anywhere from 83 to 133 pounds and standing 23 to 25 inches in height (size will be dependent upon that of their parents). The body of the Akita is strong and sturdy like his parents and large in size. Majestic and attractive, grooming will be important as both of the parents sport a thick coat. The fur of the Akita Chow is long, straight and thick and can be seen in fawn, silver, white, brown, red and black. The Akita Chow tends to have a roundish face with almond shaped eyes. The tip of their nose is black and their head features erect ears. 

Akita Chow Breed Maintenance

The thick hair of the Akita Chow will require regular brushing (3-4 times per week) to keep it clean and healthy. The nails of your Akita Chow should be trimmed as needed and his teeth brushed regularly to ensure his long term dental health. As the Akita Chow can be stubborn, training may be challenging. A reward-based training program with positive reinforcement can begin from the time you bring your young dog home. Socialization of your Akita Chow is also important. It is best to first socialize him with a small group prior to introducing him to larger groups. Use touch and treats to reinforce positive behavior around others and help him become accepting of people and dogs. Teaching your Akita Chow obedience is also important. You can start by training your dog to accept your leading him. This will help him feel more secure that someone else is in charge and help him to think before showing aggressive behavior.

Akita Chow Temperament

Very much like his parents, the Akita Chow is independent and can even be obstinate. He is intelligent, and is very loyal and possessive of his owners but not known to be overly affectionate. If you would prefer a dog that does not jump on you and lick your face, the Akita Chow is a good choice. Akita Chows are protective and may show dominant behavior over human and animal as a result. Without being well socialized, they will show aggression toward strangers, who they usually are uncomfortable around. Care should be taken when your dog is around children due to his large size and the fact that he does have bossy tendencies. Older children can be taught to stand their ground with kindness but firmness, while younger children may feel timid and a bit overwhelmed by this large, sometimes in-your-face breed.

Akita Chow Activity Requirements

The Akita Chow is a large dog who is an independent thinker. He will require a lot of exercise on a daily basis. He will enjoy a long run or a walk on his leash. A fenced-in yard will be helpful where he can safely run and play as he likes. While the Akita is a high energy dog, the Chow Chow tends to be a bit on the lazy side; your Akita Chow can be anywhere on that continuum. Regardless of how motivated (or unmotivated) your Akita Chow is to get exercise, he needs it to help him remain in good health.

Akita Chow Owner Experiences