The Golden Akita is hybrid of two large hunting turned companion dogs, the Akita and the Golden Retriever. The hybrid is a modern dog with little documentation over the last decade or so of intentional breeding. Being a modern hybrid, bred as a designer dog, those interested in understanding the potential characteristics and traits of the Golden Akita will have to look at the parent breeds for insight. Golden Retrievers are well known for their excellent companionship and sweet natures. The Akita breed is also a faithful companion who with strong guard instincts. The Akita developed in northern Japan in the Akita province, where the breed draws its name. Formerly a guard dog for Japanese royalty, the Akita is documented as far back as the 15th Century and was introduced to the United States by Helen Keller, who had a great love for the breed. Keller was first introduced to the Akita breed while in Japan where she first learned of Hachiko of Shibuya. Hachiko was a world-renowned Akita who met his master, a professor, every day at the time station when the professor would return home from work. The professor suffered a heart attack while away and Hachiko continued to keep vigil at the station and returned every day at 3:00 p.m. for a full decade after his master's death. Akitas are well known for their fearless and devotion to their families as exhibited by Hachiko. The American Kennel Club first recognized the Akita in 1972. The Golden Retriever is known for its excellence as a hunter and retriever while at work and also for its gentle and loving manner at home. Developed in Scotland, the early retrievers were of a darker color, including dark gold and copper gold. As the breed characteristics broadened, lighter colors began to emerge, particularly in the show ring. First known as the Retriever (Golden and Yellow), the name was eventually changed to the Golden Retriever. This dog was registered in 1925 with the American Kennel Club, and was added to the Sporting Group.