Golden Akita Retriever

65-90 lbs
United States
Golden Retriever
Golden Akita Retriever

The Golden Akita is a hybrid mix of the Akita and the Golden Retriever. The Akita is known as an aggressive dog while the Golden Retriever is mellow. Despite their different temperaments, both parents are loving and loyal toward their families and affectionate with children. Golden Akitas usually resemble the Akita in appearance and are taller than the Golden Retriever. However, the coat and some features may closely resemble the Golden Retriever. The goal of crossbreeding these parents is to produce a hybrid that resembles the Akita but has the disposition of the Golden Retriever.

Date of Origin
Akita and Golden Retriever

Golden Akita Retriever Health

Average Size
Male Golden Akita Retriever size stats
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 75-100 lbs
Female Golden Akita Retriever size stats
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 65-90 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Aortic Stenosis
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Skin Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Elbow Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Physical Examination
  • Radiographs

Golden Akita Retriever Breed History

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.

Golden Akita Retriever Breed Appearance

The Golden Akita is a hybrid between the Akita and the Golden Retriever and can look like either parent breed depending on the dominant appearance. This is a large dog, weighing between 66 and 100 pounds with a sturdy, muscular build. The desired look is that of the Akita with a large, round head and erect, triangular ears. The muzzle is large but in proportion to the head and the bite is scissor. The Golden Akita’s eyes are gentle, expressive, round to oval-shaped in all shades of brown. The legs are longer than the Golden Retriever, and this hybrid has round, compact feet. The tail usually resembles the Akita and curls over the back but can be straight if the Golden Akita resembles the Golden Retriever. The coat is also like the Akita, double and dense. However, if the coat resembles the Golden Retriever, it will also be double but longer and either flat or wavy.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Golden Akita Retriever eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Golden Akita Retriever nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Golden Akita Retriever coat
red Golden Akita Retriever coat
brown Golden Akita Retriever coat
black Golden Akita Retriever coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Golden Akita Retriever straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Golden Akita Retriever Breed Maintenance

The Golder Akita is not a hypoallergenic dog and sheds considerably no matter which parent the hybrid resembles. Bi-weekly grooming will help remove dead and loose hair and keep your Golden Akita’s coat healthy. This mix is not known to smell, but weekly grooming will help distribute oils and remove dirt and dead skin that might lead to a hound smell. Frequent nail clipping is also suggested for your Golden Akita. The Golden Akita has sensitive skin and may develop dermatitis is over bathed. Regular bathing is not advised, but grooming will help keep the coat clean.

Brushes for Golden Akita Retriever
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Golden Akita Retriever requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Golden Akita Retriever Temperament

The Golden Akita is a high energy hybrid that loves its family. Unlike the friendly Golden Retriever, the Akita parent makes this mix slight leery of strangers and is an excellent guard dog. The Golden Akita may make for a good watchdog, and you can expect him to bark at unfamiliar approaching strangers and well as display bravery in protection. Otherwise, the Golden Akita is quiet. The Golden Akita is patient and with proper socialization will do well with children. However, this energetic breed and may not be well suited for living with very young children. Always teach your kids how to approach a dog and interact with him. Rough play, tail pulling, and teasing must be avoided. The Golden Akita adapts well to sharing space with other dogs and cats only if it is properly socialized at an early age. The Akita parent is known to show aggression towards other dogs, but the Golden Retriever parent may mellow this trait in the Gold Akita. The Golden Retriever parent is always eager to please but the Akita may be stubborn and may make training more difficult for the novice dog owner. Otherwise, this is an intelligent and loving companion mix.

Golden Akita Retriever Activity Requirements

The Golden Akita is a hybrid of two breeds with high energy. Your Golden Akita will need plenty of exercise and relatively high intensity. The Golden Retriever parent may mellow the Golden Akita’s needs, but you can expect one to two hours of daily exercise. His high energy means he is not well suited for apartment and urban living. A backyard and space to run around are more suitable for the Golden Akita. The Golden Akita prefers temperate climates, and while he tolerates hot and cold environment, he does not do well in extreme climates.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes

Golden Akita Retriever Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $45.00

Golden Akita Retriever Owner Experiences

6 Years
3 People
Caspar is a very loving dog,and very relaxed at home,he loves camping and walking,swimming and going on adventures.But he is very fearful of lots of things even though we have exposed him to lots of things from 8 weeks old,he can show some aggression around some dogs even though we socialised him,he is very unique,hard work especially if he gets frightened because of his strength,but we love him x
5 months ago
Koda Bear
13 Years
1 People
House & Yard
I rescued Koda Bear when she was given up by her owner of 13 yrs. I rescue senior dogs no longer wanted. I had Koda Bear an amazing 4 mos. I run the dogs on a country road less traveled along the cliffs above the river we live on. Koda went over the side and down the cliff to the water. There was no way a dog could climb up the steep cliff but she did! I came home and read about Akita's. The owner and our vet did not know what Koda was. I knew she was part Akita. Now I see she had traits of both dogs. The aloof Akita and also the Funny Retriever. Wonder filled Dog! The case of cat food went missing. I found it downstairs with chewed up cans everywhere. she had taken it down there and passed cans out to the other dogs for a party. Another day I hear my step stool in the bedroom moving along the floor. I went in to see what the heck. It was Koda Bear trying to drag a case of 36 cans of Friskies out of the room. She'd gotten it stuck under the step stool. A shoe chewer she only got 1 old slipper of mine. I never scolded her. Never did she act 13. She felt ill one day, she was off food the next. she went and lay by the foot of my recliner where she would rest her head on my foot. She got outside. I've heard dogs do that to die. She died that night in our flower bed. I sat with her until 1am. I've had animals all my life but Koda Bear was truly special. She left paw prints on my soul and my heart.
8 months ago
4 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Rescue stray from Turkey
1 year, 7 months ago
4 Years
3 People
House & Yard
He is quite fearful even though we’ve had him from a puppy and goes everywhere with us ,he is very loving and fun,although also stubborn
2 years, 9 months ago
7 Years
5 People
House & Yard
We got Marley when he was just a puppy, we rescued him at the pound. He has been a great dog, as we still have him. He’s part of he family and we love him to death.
3 years ago
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