The Akita is classified as a large breed dog. We have seen some who list him as the “smallest of the giants” but this is not accurate. However, with this being said, he is one big dog!
The American Akita generally weighs more than that of the Japanese, who have a slightly smaller boned body structure. Males will, on average, be larger than females.
Full adult weight will be:
Males: 75 to 130 pounds (34 to 59 kg)
Females: 70–100 pounds (32–45 kg)
At the Age of 8 Weeks
While all will be individuals with a wide variation of growth stages…both stalls and spurts, generally speaking you can expect an 8 week old to be:
American: 18 to 22 pounds (8.16 to 9.97 kg)
Japanese: 16 to 20 pounds (7.25 to 9.07 kg)
Akita Puppy Weight
This breed takes quite a while to reach their full and final size. Full growth will be achieved by the age of 3 years old.
Puppies vary quite a bit, some have a steady increase each week, each month. Others will appear to stall out only to have a rapid and shocking spurt.
In general, a gain of 12 to 16 pounds (5.4 to 7.3 kg) each month can be expected, up until approximately 80 to 90 pounds (36.3 to 40.8 kg).
At that time, gains will slow down but will gradually inch up until the Akita reaches their full potential.
There is a weight and growth chart that one can follow along, keeping in mind that will stalls and spurts, there is no reason to worry if your puppy or dog does not follow along these guidelines. They are, of course, generalizations that have been observed.
Week 6 : At this young age, there is usually an amazing (yet temporary) time in which physical proportions of the puppy are already in line with adult appearance. However, this is brief because a growth spurt will alter these proportions and an Akita may not fall back in until weight steadies out, which can be as old as 3 years.
Month 6: At ½ a year old, the Akita will begin to resemble what he or she will look like as an adult. As with what happened briefly as a newborn, the dog will have more accurate proportions to what they will have when entering adulthood. The body is sleeker, roundness has subsided. A lot of growing has happened and they are quite big by this time.
1 Year - Even though the female Akita will enter her 1st heat around this time, she (nor the male) is done growing and is not yet fully mature.
1 Year to 2 Years - Gain is slowing but shape is defining, particularly to the head. The face is now beginning to triangle out…It is a slow and continuing process, but during this time frame, you will catch yourself noticing a change.
2 Years - At this time, physical development has been reached, however over the course of the next 12 months, there will be slight changes as they fill out a bit more… .Usually the chest area is the most noticeable. The dog may not grow any more in height, but will gradually widen.
Adult Akita Weight Changes
Fluctuations are normal if they are in-between 4 and 5 pounds (1.81 to 2.26 kg) per month and go down or up…but the up or down again, respectively.
At your regularly schedule vet visits, weight will be checked. If you can see a noticeable change, you may wish to get your Akita on a scale at home, and re-check each week. Any great oscillations greater than the above mentioned 4 and 5 pounds (1.81 to 2.26 kg) per month should be reported to an experienced, reputable veterinarian.
Small fluxes are normal and can be caused by:
Change in activity level (a long cold season of snow and ice may limit the amount of time spent going for walks, hiking, playing with you outside, etc.)
Hormonal changes (for the female)
Changes in diet (a new treat was added that he cannot get enough of for the first few weeks, etc.)
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