A national monument in Japan, the akita’s proud heritage includes hunting large game such as bear, elk and boar. This powerful and dignified member of the working group is renowned for courage and loyalty, but may not be tolerant of other animals. His luxurious double-coat can include any combination of vibrant colors. Aloof toward strangers, they form strong family bonds. Highly intelligent with a keen sense of humor, the akita responds best to respectful commands and training techniques that rely on motivation rather than force. Strong-willed and proud, akitas are not receptive to abusive methods.