Akita Chow Mix aka Chakita: Full Guide to the Breed

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Akita chow mix: Breed history

It’s Kuma, she graciously agreed to share her pictures in this guide. You follow her on Instagram here.

The Akita Chow, or the Chakita, just like any other designer dog mix, is a new breed. But its originators: Chow Chow from China and the Japanese Akita are well-established breeds with the vast backgrounds.

What are Akita Chow mix dogs called?

Akita Chow is also known as‎ ‎Chakita. And the name, obviously, came from breed’s “parents” and Chow Chow.   

Akita Chow Mix: Breed Specifications

Average weight90-140 pounds
Average height22 to 25 inches
Average Lifespan8 to 12 years
Ease of trainingAverage
Energy levelAverage
Space RequirementsLarger space would be great
Good for Families?Yes
More common traitsLoyal, possessive, smart

What does this mix look like?

Akita Chows have a round fluffy face with almond-shaped eyes. Upright ears, black nose, and a muscled but compact body. These dogs have a lot in common with their parents, both in terms of appearance and personality. 

How big Akita Chow get?

The Chakita can grow as tall as 22 to 25 inches. A male can weigh between 99 and 145 pounds and a female – from 88 to 132 pounds.

The lifespan of Akita chow mix

A healthy and well kept Akita Chow expected to live from 10 to 12 years. Chow Chow has a longer lifespan of up to 15 years. And Akita typically lives for 10-12 years. So, for now, we can only predict the expected lifespan of Chakita based on the life expectancy of the breed’s parents.

Chakita named Kuma. The blep is real.

Akita chow mix temperament

The Akita Chow is a self-sufficient pup, very much similar to the breed’s parents. It is bright and is very loyal. But quite possessive of its owners even though not overly affectionate. This breed won’t jump around licking the master’s face. 

But their protective nature is exposed through their aggressive behavior. That’s why they are not too friendly with strangers, displaying hostility towards them if not properly socialized.

How easy is to train this Akita mix?

Training might not be simple for these big, stubborn dogs. Begin with a reward-based exercising program. Don’t forget to be generous with positive reinforcement right away, for the first day you brought him or her home. And never ever use force with this breed.

Training tips for your Akita Chow mix

Before introducing your Chakita to the public socialize the pup with the small group first. Touch and treats will work well for the purpose of the training. Not only it will make you bond, but it also helps your pet in learning to be friendly towards other puppies and humans.

If your dog is still aggressive with strangers, you’ll have to keep him inside a fenced yard, when unleashed.

At the same time, start obedience training. Begin with teaching your pup to follow you and allowing you to lead. Thus puppy will feel more secure, knowing that someone who’s in charge is around. And pup will think twice before exposing any negative behavior.

Aren’t they are the cutest? Kuma in a fancy pink hat.

Akita Chow mix grooming

Regular grooming is needed to maintain the Akita Chow clean. Akita Chow has a dense fur coat with lengthy, straight hair that requires to be brushed at least three to four times a week. The longer the fur, the more your pet is going to shed. 

So, get prepared to begin vacuuming your home a lot more than you would have without the Akita Chow. (Our guide on best pet carpet cleaners might be handy in that case). Your dog should take a bath when it’s required, but not too many times because it can dry out its skin.

Akita Chow mix care tips

Due to the high intelligence of this breed, it’s best to have a diverse routine. What you don’t want is that Akita’s bored. This leads to behavioral issues such as barking, digging, chewing, and aggression. Include Akita with family activities, and don’t leave them alone for lengthy periods.

While they’re not usually aggressive with visitors when their family is home, all bets are off if their owners aren’t around. Akita is a loyal guardian, and they will protect against anything they see as a threat. So you might want to think about a securely fenced yard to keep those strangers safe.   

Akita Chow mix possible health issues

One of the most common Akita Chow’s health issues is obesity.

Other than that, this is a fit dog, with only a few concerns that might need to be aware of. These include hip and elbow dysplasia, entropion, and some eye-related issues.

Akita Chow mix diet

Since this is a dog of substantial size, it already has a lot of weight to carry on its joints. Therefore, to avoid joint problems, don’t overfeed this dog.

So it’s not a bad idea to create a proper dietary plan by consulting with your vet. The doc will tell you exactly what kind and how much of food you Chakita requires to stay fit and happy.  While you waiting for the meeting with the vet you can also check our section on dog nutrition.

Is this breed good for families?

The Akita is affectionate, devoted, and playful with the family. So it’s a great family breed. They tend to be aggressive towards other dogs, particularly those of the same sex. But they are loving and caring with those who are taking care of them. And they’re best adapted to a one-dog family. 

Kuma and her affectionate look.

Akita Chow mix: is it right for you?

Single-minded and independent the Akita Chow is a good choice of breed for protecting your house. This is mainly a one-man (or family) dog that will be very suspicious of new faces before it can interact with them.

However, keeping aside its inclination to be aggressive, which can be fixed with proper training, Akita Chow is a real and faithful friend to its owner. If you want that kind of friend than go for it.

Credits: thanks for the photo to Canva and Chakita pup called Kuma along with her mom Julia.