A versatile hunting and guarding dog, the Akita (“Silent Hunter” in Japan), is known for being a quiet, loyal, and intelligent dog. They are considered a “handsome” breed; many people find their features striking. The can have dominant personalities, and should be properly trained and supervised around children. They are a clean breed sporting a short, sleek double-coat that requires daily brushing. As with all athletic breeds, they are at their best when receiving daily exercise.