There are several theories about how the long coat Akita came to be. Along the interesting route of this dog's history
, one of the most well-known theories is the belief that in 1905, the long coat gene was introduced into the bloodline. Many believed that this happened to due to a crossing of the Akita breed with the Karafuto.
The proof, some say, is that an area of land that was previously unavailable to the Japanese, opened up to them for travel in 1905 after they won the territory back during the Russo-Japanese war.
At that time, a respected breeder and author named Mutsuo Okada reported that a large number of men from the Akita region crossed the ocean to arrive in Karafuto, the home land of that dog breed.
While this does not mean that cross breeding was done, those who back this theory note that the Karafuto dog breed has long fur
Since this version of the Akita tend to be slightly bigger boned than their counterparts (particularly more noticeable during the puppy years)…
And they also have some of the behavioral characteristics the Karafuto breed is known for…This lends support to this theory.
While one may at first assume that the only difference between long and short coats is the length of the fur, there are actually very obvious personality traits that differ.
Longs tend to be a bit more laid back and generally have a more even-tempered disposition and personality
. They tend to be more obedient and willing to please their owners.
All other characteristics are the same, both will have an instinct to protect their human family members, both quietly watch for any threats while seemingly relaxing without a care in the world, and both will make for good watch guards.