Akita Dog Names

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Introduction

Japanese dogs have gradually gained popularity over the years, especially in Western countries. Among these breeds, perhaps one of the favorites is the Akita, a big, strong breed known for its loyalty to its owner. In Japan, the Akita is considered a “national treasure”. This native breed is also believed to be a symbol of good luck, success and good health. In 1937, Hellen Keller first brought the Akita to United States soil. At present, they are being bred all over the country. The Akita is known for not backing down easily. However, with proper training and socialization, it can be an extremely loving and amusing pet to have.

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Akita Dog Name Considerations

Naming your Akita is a crucial step to making it a member of your family. Generally, dogs pay most attention to the first syllable of a word. Therefore, it makes sense to choose a name that is no longer than two syllables. This makes it easier for the dog to remember their given name. For Akita dogs, regardless if they are Japanese or American bred, it is best to pick a traditional Japanese term or phrase as a name, since both styles of breed originated from Japan.

Your Akita might have certain features that can usually give you an idea of what to name it. Naturally, you would want a name that matches your dog well. Some considerations for choosing a name include appearance, color, size and personality, among others. For instance, if you have a dark-colored Akita, the name “Kuroi”, which translates to “black”, is a fitting name. For a white or light-colored Akita, the name “Yuki”, which is Japanese for “snow”, would be more appropriate. If your Akita is strong-willed and brave, you may choose to name it “Ryu”, which means “dragon” in Japanese. These are just some examples of various terms and phrases in Japan that can be used as a name for an Akita.

Male Akita Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Uki
Means "big" in Japanese
7
Kiyoshi
This means "quiet child" in Japanese; for the introvert dog
7
Makoto
For "sincere" in Japanese
7
Daiki
For "great nobility" in Japanese
7
Kazuki
Means "peace and hope" in Japanese
6
Okami
As in "wolf" in Japanese
5
Sachiko
Means "joyful child" in Japanese
5
Kashi
As in "oak" in Japanese
4
Shogun
Means "leader" in Japanese
4
Eri
Means "blessed prize" in Japanese; your dog is prized
4
Haruko
Means "spring child" in Japanese
3
Yori
Means "trust" in Japanese
3
Toshi
Means "alert and intelligent" in Japanese
3
Nori
This means "belief" in Japanese
3
Yoshi
Means "righteous" in Japanese
2
Taro
Means "oldest son" in Japanese
2
Seiko
As in "force" in Japanese
2
Shiro
Means "white" in Japanese, suitable for a white canine
2
Yuudai
Means "great hero" in Japanese
2
Kuma
Means "bear" in Japanese; great for a bear of a dog
2
Samurai
Means "warrior" in Japanese
2
Taichi
Means "big one" in Japanese; this will fit a giant breed
1
Isamu
Means "brave" in Japanese
1
Takao
For "nobleman" in Japanese
1
Akio
Means "bright man" in Japanese
0
Yuji
Means "brave son" in Japanese
-1
Riko
Means "clever" in Japanese; for that super smart pup
-1
Tatsuya
This name means "to be imperial" in Japanese
-1
Kaito
For "ocean" in Japanese
-2
Jun
Means "obedient" in Japanese, like an obedient pup

Female Akita Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Mana
Means “affectionate daughter” in Japanese
7
Yuko
Means “gentle child” in Japanese
6
Shinju
Means “pearl” in Japanese, for the treasure in your life
6
Junko
Refers to “pure and genuine child” in Japanese
5
Sora
Means "sky" in Japanese
5
Akemi
Means “bright and beautiful” in Japanese
4
Shiki
Means “four seasons” in Japanese
4
Miko
As in “beautiful daughter” in Japanese
4
Shiori
Refers to the meaning “poem” in Japanese
4
Ren
Means “lotus” in Japanese
4
Kyoko
Means “respectful child” in Japanese and suits the obedient canine
4
Kin
Refers to “gold” in Japanese
3
Yuri
Is “lily” in Japanese
3
Zuki
Means “moon” in Japanese
3
Miki
As in “beautiful princess” in Japanese
2
Aiko
Means "love child" in Japanese
2
Rina
Means “jasmine” in Japanese
2
Mayu
The meaning is “true or gentle” in Japanese
1
Megumi
Means “blessing” in Japanese
1
Yasu
Means “peace” in Japanese
1
Hana
As in “flower” in Japanese; beautiful for a gorgeous dog
1
Mio
Means “beautiful cherry blossom”
0
Saki
Means “blossom” in Japanese
0
Akiko
Means “bright child” in Japanese
0
Eiko
Means “child of splendor” in Japanese
0
Hoshi
Means “star” in Japanese
0
Yuzuki
As in “gentle moon” in Japanese
-1
Chou
Refers to "butterfly" in Japanese
-2
Momo
Refers to "peach" in Japanese; a pup can be just a peach
-2
Rei
Means “lovely” in Japanese

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