The Akita is a fiercely loyal breed who became quite popular thanks to the unbelievable tale of the world’s most famous Akita, Hachiko, who waited for his beloved owner’s train every day for 9 years after his owner unexpectedly passed away. With this tale of loyalty, coupled with their beautiful coat and adorable expression, the Akita’s undeniable popularity has continued to grow.
While the practice of breeding designer dogs is expanding, the Akita has become a favored choice to mix with other breeds. Designer dogs are the offspring of two different purebred parents. In today’s article, we are going to look at 20 different designer breeds that have been produced from mixing an Akita with another breed.
Generally you’ll want to be selective of the Akita parent, to ensure that proper lines have been used for the mix so that they are not overly protective pups. If mixed properly, the Akita is great option to pair as a designer dog.
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The Akita Mix
The Akita is not the dog breed for everyone. This particular parent breed pup is extremely loyal and very protective of its family. They are natural guard dogs, and that’s exactly what they were bred and trained for.
Their appearance is one of the reasons why people have crossbred them with other breeds, as well as their devoted loyalty. They have become extremely popular as a designer dog over the last several years, and as a result, there are many different popular Akita mixes. We will look at our favorites in additional detail below.
Breeds: Akita and Siberian Husky
These two breeds are often compared, so why not mix them together? The faithful Huskita is a great option for any family with room in their home and hearts for this large, active breed. This mix between a Siberian Husky and an Akita generally weighs between 50 to 75 pounds. Known for being quite independent, they can sometimes display distant or detached personalities, making them an ideal choice for someone who isn’t looking for an overly affectionate canine. However, don’t be disheartened by their independence. Although the Huskita may not constantly show it, this breed is intensely devoted to their family.
The Husky is a natural hunter and the Akita is protective by nature. As a result, the Huskita is not recommended for inexperienced owners. This breed requires a confident leader who can provide firm and consistent training. A well-adjusted Huskita will be energetic and playful. Although they are not considered an aggressive breed, Huskitas can function as excellent watchdogs. However, they should be socialized properly so they can distinguish between friendly visitors and possible intruders.
Breeds: Akita and Chow Chow
The Akita Chow is a mixed breed whose parentage begins in Asia. The Chow Chow from China and the Akita from Japan were both bred to serve their owners as fiercely loyal protectors. Their offspring, the Akita Chow, is likely to have a similar disposition. We can expect a large dog as a result of this mix, they generally weigh anywhere from 88 to 145 pounds! It’s important that any potential Akita Chow owner prepares for a giant breed and has room to accommodate a pup of that size.
The Akita Chow is not a low maintenance breed. They have a very thick coat which requires frequent grooming and their stubborn nature can make them defiant if not trained from a young age. If you are interested in adopting this beautiful and loyal breed, we recommend training and socializing them as early as possible to help in raising a well-behaved pup!
Breeds: Akita and German Shepherd
Both the German Shepherd and the Akita are known as faithful breeds. The GSD is an American favorite. Mixing them will produce a devoted and brave canine who takes their role as guardian of their pack very seriously. Because of their guarding instincts, a Shepkita owner should be diligent in socializing this breed from a young age to reduce the risk of overprotective behavior.
The Shepkita has a wide range of sizing possibilities and it’s nearly impossible to predict where each individual Shepkita will land. Usually, this pup will be anywhere from 60 to 130 pounds. Quite the range! Be prepared for a giant breed, just in case. While this breed has been characterized as having a somewhat serious disposition, the intense bond they form with their owners is likely to produce a very affectionate and devoted companion.
Breeds: Akita and Poodle
The poodle is a very popular choice to mix with other breeds, largely due to their non-shedding coat. Breeders will often mix a certain breed with a Poodle in attempts to produce a more hypoallergenic option for those with canine-related allergies. While the Akipoo cannot be considered an allergy-free breed choice, they will most likely shed less than other Akita mix counterparts on this list. They are a highly intelligent and active breed that can weigh between 45 and 120 pounds!
The Akipoo is equal parts friendly and willful. While their warm disposition makes them a great companion for children, their stubborn side requires a dedicated owner who will provide consistent training and firm boundaries. This breed requires plenty of exercise, stimulation and loves to be around their family. Because of this, the Akipoo will not do well in an environment where they are left unattended for long periods of time.
Breeds: Akita and Newfoundland
The large Akita Newfoundland can weigh up to an impressive 145 pounds! This gentle giant is extremely friendly, an endearing trait that likely comes from their Newfoundland parent. However, if this mix happens to favor their Akita side, they can exhibit a more independent and dominant personality. Because any potential Akita Newfoundland owner could receive a huge dog with a difficult and commanding personality, we do not recommend this breed to inexperienced owners.
While a majority of Akita Newfoundland pups do extremely well with other animals in the house, a select few can exhibit aggressive behavior, especially towards dogs of the same sex. Proper and slow introductions should be made when introducing a new Akita Newfoundland to a household occupied by other animals. A well adjusted Akita Newfoundland will be wonderfully loving and loyal with a giant heart to match their giant stature!
Breeds: Akita and Dalmatian
The Dalmakita is a combination of an Akita and a Dalmatian. This striking breed can sport the signature black spot markings of a Dalmatian, making them quite the head-turner. You’re certain to have many stopping you to ask “What kind of dog is that?!” They are a large-to-giant breed which can weigh between 50 to 100 pounds. They shed year-round so be prepared for lots of hair! This breed is certain to be fiercely loyal to their owners and should be socialized as early as possible to ensure they do not become aggressive towards strangers.
Distrust and even hostility towards unfamiliar people is a trait shared by both parent breeds, which means taking steps to suppress this behavior is especially important with this mix. The Dalmakita can sometimes suffer from congenital deafness, which is a condition inherited by their Dalmatian parent. If you are looking to adopt or purchase a Dalmakita, you should be diligent about checking medical records to ensure the health of your pup. Or better yet, adopt a deaf Dalmakita from a shelter! While special needs dogs can come with certain challenges, these wonderful pets still need loving homes.
Breeds: Akita and Golden Retriever
The lovable and outgoing Golden Retriever brings so much warmth to any breed mix. A perfect example of this is in the Golden Akita. This hybrid is one of many Golden Retriever mixes, and receives the Golden Retriever’s relaxed and affectionate nature, which can help offset some of the Akita’s more serious and intense disposition. The result is a wonderfully pleasant pup who still exhibits the fierce loyalty that the Akita is known and loved for. This breed will most likely favor an Akita in appearances, standing larger than your average Golden Retriever.
This large-to-giant dog usually weighs between 65 to 120 pounds. They will also shed a lot! While the Golden Akita sounds adorable (and they are!), any potential adopter should consider their size and extreme shedding tendencies when deciding if this pup will be a good fit. Their parent breeds have very different personalities, which make the Golden Akita a surprising mix to some. However, the combination is likely to give you the best of both worlds, making them an ideal family pet!
Breeds: Akita and Boxer Akita Mix
The Boxita is a large, powerful and athletic mix between an Akita and Boxer. It’s a common boxer mix, and like most dogs on this list, the Boxita has the potential to weigh up to 130 pounds. Due to their large size and high energy, this breed is recommended only for homes that have room for them to roam and a large backyard to expel excess energy. Attempting to keep this active breed in too small of quarters can prove to be disastrous and often destructive.
With consistency, this breed is moderately easy to train. However, both the Akita and Boxer can be stubborn and therefore we do not recommend their mix as a choice for novice dog owners who have no experience working with strong-willed breeds. Given proper training and boundaries, they do especially well with children and other pets and generally has a very gentle and calm disposition. Like many outline here, they are known for their intense loyalty to their family (thanks to the Akita!) and can make a great choice for an active owner looking for a devoted companion.
Breeds: Akita and Lab
The Labrakita is a charming mix between a loveable Labrador and an Akita. Those with allergies or an aversion to pet hair – beware! This mix sports a thick double coat (a trait shared by both parent breeds) which sheds year-round and increases during shedding season. You might want to invest in an excellent pet-hair vacuum before adopting this hybrid. Both of the Labrakita’s parent breeds come from a working background and combine to produce a very agile and lively breed. While the Labrakita makes a wonderful family dog, they are not recommended for families with very young children due to their size and energy level.
This pup is known for having a high prey drive, making them not suitable for homes with cats or other small animals. They should also not be allowed to wander off-leash or you may end up chasing them down for hours. Proper exercise is very important for the active Labrakita and they are happier in a home with a fenced back yard. This breed has demands beyond just the physical, the Labrakita is exceptionally smart and loves training exercises that challenge their active minds. Providing a healthy dose of both physical and mental activity is important in keeping a healthy and happy Labrakita.
Breeds: Akita and Australian Shepherd
The unique Aussiekita is not a mix suited for everyone. Mixed with the large Akita and the tireless Australian Shepherd, this breed should only be considered by those who have the room and vigor to accommodate them! Given the proper environment, training, and activity, the Aussiekita will prove themselves a wonderfully committed addition to your family. If you slack on these obligations, the Aussiekita will likely become disobedient, destructive and even aggressive.
The Aussiekita does best in an environment where they can stretch their legs, explore their surroundings and burn off excess energy. This means they are better suited for a rural or suburban home with a large yard. You should certainly never keep an Aussiekita in an apartment or tiny home setting. Preferably you are an active family that enjoys extended bouts of exercise and are willing to take this adventurous breed on various outdoor escapades.
Breeds: Akita and American Pit Bull Terrier
Meet the protective and devoted Akita Pit! The offspring of an Akita and an American Pit Bull Terrier, this mix can make an excellent watch and guard dog due to the deeply ingrained protective instincts of both parent breeds. This medium-to-large pup generally weighs in between 30 to 70 pounds with a coat that tends to resemble that of a Pit Bull. While both the Akita and Pit Bull has a reputation towards aggressiveness, a properly trained and socialized Akita Pit will be friendly toward other animals and people, especially children. However, this socialization period is exceptionally important to have this outcome and should not be taken lightly or ignored.
This is an obedient breed, which makes them easy to train. While this is the case, we do not recommend this mix to first-time pet owners. The Akita Pit is a dominant breed and without a strong leader to establish a respected hierarchy, the Akita Pit can become difficult to manage. With consistent, firm and kind training, an Akita Pit will flourish into an easygoing family dog.
Breeds: Akita and Bernese Mountain Dog
This mix between an Akita and a Bernese Mountain dog, known as an Akitabern, is a wonderfully sweet-tempered and friendly giant dog breed. Despite their large stature (this pup usually weighs between 70 to 130 pounds) they do very well with children due to their patience and gentle nature. Like many other Akita mixes, the Akitabern is a heavy shedder and will do so for the entire year!
Due to their thick coat, this mix adjusts well in colder climates and they generally love to play in the snow! Both of the Akitabern’s parents are classified in the working group of canines by the American Kennel Club. This means their mix will have a strong drive to work and perform tasks. They do well when given a job to do and at the very minimum should be exercised frequently and for long periods of time.
Breeds: Akita and Corgi Mix
The adorable Corgita is a mix between an Akita and a Corgi. This playful and energetic Corgi mix makes a wonderful family dog who gets along well with children and animals alike. This pup is one of the more affectionate breeds on this list. They enjoy spending time around those they love and do not like being left alone for long periods of time.
The Corgita has an extremely powerful prey drive and therefore should not be left alone with other small animals or allowed to roam free off-leash. This breed is not difficult to train and is one of the few Akita mixes on this list that could be a great option for those who are less-experienced canine owners.
Breeds: Akita and American Bulldog
The Bullkita is a powerful mix between an Akita and an American Bulldog. This impressive canine is quite large, averaging between 70 to 90 pounds and usually resembling a short-haired Akita. With luck, this pup will take the best characteristics of both their parent breeds: faithful like an Akita and affectionate like a Bulldog.
The Bullkita is eager to please their owner, making them easier to train than some other options on this list. They require moderate exercise and a consistent routine. They are sensitive to disruptions in their schedule and can at times act out aggressively due to the anxiety these changes induce. The Bullkita does best in a family with a predictable schedule that can provide a stable environment for this loving mix.
Breeds: Akita and Mastiff
The mighty Akita Mastiff mix is an incredible canine and can prove to be an exceptionally devoted companion to an owner who has experience training giant and dominate breeds. The Akita Mastiff can weigh up to 160 pounds! Due to their size and strength, we do not recommend this mix to novice owners.
This hybrid, along with others we’ve mentioned, has a high prey drive but generally do well around other animals if socialized and trained properly from a young age. However, due to their extreme size, is not advised to leave an Akita Mastiff unattended with small children in the event of accidental harm.
Breeds: Akita and Border Collie
The Border Collie’s friendly and gentle disposition is a wonderful compliment to the Akita’s more reserved and aggressive nature. Their mix tends to have an improved disposition in comparison to a purebred Akita. This mix will likely be very similar to the Aussiekita. Both parent breeds like to work and therefore an Akita Collie will no doubt be an active dog with demanding exercise requirements.
The Border Collie is also known for their intelligence, meaning an Akita Collie is likely to be similarly bright. They will need to be mentally challenged on a daily basis through interactive games and training exercises to remain happy and well-balanced. Left under-stimulated and with pent up energy, this breed is likely to act out in destructive ways. Due to their potential size, it is imperative that this behavior is avoided through proper exercise with a dedicated owner.
Breeds: Akita and Shiba Inu
Both the Akita and the Shiba Inu come from the Spitz family of dogs, meaning there are many similarities in the parent breeds of this mix. The good news is this makes the Inukita, also known as Shibakita, slightly more predictable than other mixed breeds. This hybrid generally matures into a medium-sized pup, falling somewhere in the middle of the larger Akita (which can weigh up to 130 pounds) and the much smaller Shiba Inu (usually weighing about 20 pounds).
This compact and powerful dog tends to resemble a larger Shiba Inu, which is widely known for their fox-like features. The result is a beautifully striking canine that looks much like a fox-wolf hybrid. While exceptionally dedicated to their people, the Inukita is also incredibly willful. This feature makes them difficult to train and consistent, firm leadership is a must for this stubborn breed.
Breeds: Akita and Shar Pei
The Sharpita is a striking mix between an Akita and a Shar-Pei which is likely to inherit the distinctive skin wrinkles of their Shar-Pei parent. They are considered a large breed of dog and can express headstrong and even aggressive inclinations. For these reasons, a Sharpita should only be considered by those who have experience with dominant breeds and can provide the structure and discipline this breed requires to thrive.
While the Sharpita is a truly devoted dog and can make a remarkable companion for the right person, they can also exhibit many challenges including high exercise demands, a defiant personality, and territorial behaviors. Please consider these factors and commit to working with your Sharpita to overcome them before you decide to purchase this mix.
Breeds: Akita and Samoyed
The gorgeous Samkita is a mix between an Akita and a Samoyed. This pup is certain to have a thick double coat and lots of fur! The fur may lean towards the Samoyed’s fluffy white fur or may blend with the colors of the Akita (which includes dark, tan and even a brindle shade) when mixed. While this feature makes the Samkita fluffy and attractive, it also means they are not adaptable to hot climates and can easily overheat. They will also require frequent grooming and combing to ensure their lovely coat does not become matted. In other words, the Samkita is not considered to be a low-maintenance breed.
The Samoyed generally has a cheerful disposition, which can help offset some of the Akita’s aloof temperament. On the other hand, Samoyed’s can be considered quite a dependant and even needy pup. Mixing them with an Akita can help produce a more well-adjusted, bold pup. You really get the best of both worlds with this mix!
Akita Bernard: Akita and Saint Bernard
Last on our list on incredible Akita mixes is another giant breed: the Akita Bernard. A mix between, you guessed it, an Akita and a Saint Bernard. This well-built mix usually weighs over 100 pounds. The Akita Bernard does best with an experienced owner in a spacious house who has experience working with breeds of similar size and strength.
The Akita Bernard is known for their courage, intelligence, and unwavering devotion. These qualities make them a highly capable guard dog who bonds very closely with their owners. These pups do best when surrounded by their pack and do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. If you live in a cold climate, lead an active lifestyle and have the time and space for this gentle and loving breed, the Akita Bernard might be just what you’re looking for!
The Akita certainly brings a lot to the table in these mixes. Protective, powerful and perceptive, the Akita isn’t a popular dog choice for no reason! However, they are not a good fit for everyone due to their size and somewhat stubborn personalities.
While some of the respective hybrids will carry these same characteristics, others are mixed with breeds that can help mellow these more difficult traits. If you are considering adopting an Akita, the mixes on the list may prove to be a wonderful alternative and produce the perfect pet for you!