How big do Akita dogs get?

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Akita’s are a large breed of dog, whilst they aren’t the tallest they are a strong breed, quite chunky with a solid full-body build. 

Their body is slightly elongated and their head is heavy, with small, triangular-shaped eyes.

Their ears aren’t very big in comparison with their heads, but they are very thick. Similar to their eyes, their ears have a triangular-shaped top.

They also have a very characteristic curvy fluffy tail. The curve has the shape of a ring, it’s sometimes curved like a spiral and touches the back of the dog. 

How big an Akita will get depends on a couple of different factors, whilst the figures quoted here are averages, they should give a good general indication.

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How big does an adult Akita get?

The overall size of an adult Akita varies by sex.

The average height of a male Akita is between 64-70 cm

The average height of a female Akita is between 58-64 cm

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How much does an Adult Akita weigh?

Again the overall weight of an adult Akita varies by sex.

The average weight of a male Akita is between 32-39 kg

The average weight of a female Akita is between 23-29 kg

As you can see there is quite a difference between height and weight when comparing male and female Akita’s.

How big are Akita Puppies?

The size of puppies can vary greatly, you’ll often find a significant variance between the first and last puppy (runt) in a litter.

Again, just like an Adult Akita, there is a difference in the size and weight of male and female Akita’s.

There’s not really an expected size of an Akita puppy, generally when monitoring the development of a puppy you would track the weight over time.

How much do Akita puppies weigh?

Male Akita puppies should weigh between;

  • 13-18 kg at 3 months
  • 24-34 kg at 6 months
  • 33-50 kg at 12 months

Male Akita’s will stop growing at around 16-18 months.

Female Akita puppies should weigh between;

  • 12-17 kg at 3 months
  • 24-32 kg at 6 months
  • 33-46 kg at 12 months

Again, female Akita’s will also be fully grown at around 16-18 months.

Weight and height between the male and the female Akita puppies do vary, but not as much as between fully grown Akita’s.

Summary

As you can see, the size and weight of an Akita varies between sex and between comparing a puppy with an adult.

There’s no one size fits all (pun intended) answer to how big do Akitas get, difference in diets and lifestyle choices (e.g. how much exercise) will all have an impact on the overall size and weight of a dog.

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As with anything pet related, it’s always best to consult with a veterinarian, regular health checks are very important to ensure your dog is safe, happy and healthy, they’ll also be able to give you specific recommendations for your particular dog.

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