White Akita, Black Akita & Everything In Between

White Akita, Black Akita & Everything In Between

Are you looking for a white Akita, brindle, brown or black?  There are various colors and color combinations in the  Akita breed, including the white Akita, black, chocolate, red, fawn, a combination of color and white, or brindle.  If you’rewhite akita just purchasing an Akita for a family pet, color may not matter so much to you.  If you plan on showing your Akita in AKC dog shows, colors matter greatly.

Akita Breed Standards

When inspecting Akita colors, we need to look carefully at the Akita Breed Standards . This gives us a great foundation in order to understand what is allowed in the show ring, and therefore what colors an ethical breeder should produce.

The color section of the AKC Akita Breed Standard reads the following:

Any color including white; brindle; or pinto. Colors are rich, brilliant and clear. Markings are well balanced, with or without mask or blaze. White Akitas have no mask. Pinto has a white background with large, evenly placed patches covering head and more than one-third of body. Undercoat may be a different color from outer coat.

The AKC Akita Standard

Who Knows About the White Akita Nose?

White Akita

We should also take a look at another part of the Standard rules. Under “Nose,” color is also addressed, and it’s vital to look into this too.

Nose – Broad and black. Black noses on white Akitas preferred, but a lighter colored nose with or without shading of black or gray tone is acceptable. Disqualification – partial or total lack of pigmentation on the nose surface.

There’s only one exception to this rule and it’s for the white Akita nose, they’re allowed to have a liver-colored nose. An Akita of any other color should have a completely black nose.

White Akita Mask

If all Akita dogs have a mask, what about the all white Akita?

A mask means the color of the Akita’s face. Actually, it’s as if we put a mask on for a masquerade ball.

With Akitas, there are a few various mask types that are acceptable. There are self-masks, black masks, and no masks in our breeds.

These are some simple examples.

akita mask

It’s totally acceptable for an Akita to have a mask, whether it’s a black mask, self-mask or other color, with the only exception being a white Akita.  The white Akita may not have any mask at all.

The Beautiful Blaze on the Akita

A blaze is a marking that’s on the mask of an Akita. Usually being a white stripe that runs up the snout and between the dog’s eyes.

A blaze is completely acceptable in some forms in the Akita. Here is an example to show you a blaze.Akita blaze

Akita Colors Matter

Now you have a little better understanding of the typical and allowed Akita colors noted in the AKC Akita Standard.  This should give you the confidence to select your next White Akita or black Akita puppy knowing the allowed color variations and why it matters.

When researching for your Akita, knowing the colors that Akitas come in is vital. Following the Breed Standard allows us to better the Akita breed for the future.brindle akita

Without any guidelines, the beloved Akita would blend into the mixed color rainbow and lose their majestic appearance only they have.  Ethical, quality minded breeders will know how important keeping to the Breed Standard protects these gorgeous, loyal companions.

Looking for a White Akita, Black Akita or Everything In Between?White Akita

Our parent dogs are absolutely gorgeous and we usually have an abundance of black & white puppies and occasionally brindle or fawn colored ones too.  You really need to Contact Us to find out what puppies are currently available.