The Japanese Akita Inu and the Shiba Inu are both native Japanese breeds, and while they share certain characteristics due to their spitz heritage, they also have several distinct differences.
Here are the primary distinctions between the two breeds:
•Japanese Akita Inu: This breed is larger and more robust. Males typically weigh between 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg), while females weigh around 70-100 pounds (32-45 kg). They usually stand about 24-28 inches (61-71 cm) tall at the shoulder.
•Shiba Inu: Shibas are much smaller. Males typically weigh around 18-24 pounds (8-11 kg) and females about 17-23 pounds (7.5-10.5 kg). They stand roughly 13.5-16.5 inches (34.5-42 cm) tall at the shoulder.
•Japanese Akita Inu: They have a powerful, balanced frame with a broad head and small, triangular eyes. Their double coat can be various colors, including white, brindle, or various shades of red.
•Shiba Inu: Shibas have a fox-like appearance with a curled tail, erect ears, and a more compact frame. Their double coat comes in various colors, such as red, black and tan, or sesame (black-tipped hairs on a rich red background).
•Japanese Akita Inu: Akitas are known to be dignified, courageous, and reserved, especially with strangers. They tend to be very loyal and protective of their family.
•Shiba Inu: Shibas are spirited, alert, and good-natured. They can be independent and are often described as having a cat-like personality. They are also known for the unique "Shiba scream" – a loud, high-pitched noise they make when unhappy or roughly handled.
•Japanese Akita Inu: Originally bred for hunting large game, such as bears, boars, and deer, in the mountainous regions of northern Japan.
•Shiba Inu: Primarily used for hunting small game and birds in the mountainous areas of Japan.
•Both breeds are popular in Japan, with the Shiba Inu being the most popular breed in the country. In recent years, both breeds have gained significant popularity in the United States and other parts of the world, in part due to internet culture.
•Japanese Akita Inu: They can be prone to certain health issues such as hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, autoimmune disorders, and certain skin conditions.
•Shiba Inu: While generally healthy, they can be susceptible to conditions like hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, and certain allergies.
It's important to remember that while breeds have general characteristics, individual dogs will have their own personalities and quirks.
If considering adopting or purchasing either breed, potential owners should thoroughly research and possibly spend time with the breed to ensure a good fit for their household and lifestyle.