Akita Puppy Cost

Akita Puppy Cost

Last Updated on January 6, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

Coming from Japan, the Akita is known for its double coat that looks pretty similar to the one of a Husky dog. Notable around the world, this independent pet can be seen in lots of households throughout the world. Seen in dog competitions and shows, the Akita is extremely clever and is known to adult to 28 inches high. It can weigh more than 125 pounds.

Just how much do Akita pups cost?

The expense of an Akita will significantly depend on the age, the breeder offering it for sale, the quality of the specimen, its bloodline, and what’s going to be included in the adoption fee. Usually, an Akita puppy can cost anywhere from $900 to as much as $2,500. The normal AKC-registered Akita puppy, according to what we were able to find online, will be in the $1,000 to $1,500 range, and with this rate, you should, at least, get a 1 year written health insurance, AKC documentation, a warranty that no health flaws will occur in the near future and a spay/neuter agreement if suitable. These AKC numbers can be supported by the classified advertisements on the main AKC Market.

On the other hand, a pet dog without any documentation and no parental testing can frequently be a lot less, generally in the $500 to $1,000 price range.

PuppyFind, a popular dog classified ads site, has somewhere around 350 listings at the time of this writing. The majority of the categorized advertisements have costs varying from just $950 to more than $2,300.

You might also like our articles about the cost of a Boxer, a Doberman, or a Norwegian Elkhound.

Members on Reddit went over the cost of an Akita and noted that it would depend upon the additions, documentation and who you adopt it from. A lot of them agreed that the rate will be around the $1,000 price, however, it will be a lot more if you were to have it imported from Japan.

What should you expect to have included in the adoption cost?

A respectable breeder will have to include a health consultation done by a certified veterinarian, health insurance, up-to-date vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and/or a microchip.

What are the additional expenses?

If the dog will have to be delivered overseas or to another state, shipping costs will have to be considered. These shipping charges can start at $150 and can be as high as $400 if delivered by means of an airline company.

Repeating expenses, just like with any other family pet, such as food, routine/surprise veterinarian costs, and supplies should also be taken into account. It’s a good idea to put aside a minimum of $60 to $100 each month for a healthy pet dog and a lot more if your pet were to come down with an illness.

Training is extremely recommended for any pup to teach it, at the minimum, the basic commands like sit, stay, and lay down. Training classes, depending upon who you work with, can start at $75 and increase from there.

The Akita will have to be brushed weekly to eliminate any dead hair; if you do not have the time, then it’s a good idea to have an expert grooming appointment done at least once each month.

Any tips you should know about?

Akita AdultIf healthy, its life expectancy can be anywhere from 9 to 11 years.

When it comes to its character, Puppy Discover notes that this particular breed is known to be brave, clever and needs a great deal of human companionship. The pet dog does not prefer other pet dogs around as it can be extremely territorial and have aggressive characteristics due to its natural impulses. Just consider other home pets if you are able to raise the dog at an early age while introducing it to other family pets.

The Akita’s coat is a double coat: the external one will be straight and coarse, while the undercoat will be softer and denser. Popular colors will be red, white, and spotted. It will shed its coat two times annually.

The typical Akita will be 24 to 28 inches high and can weigh upwards of 75 to 120 pounds. Females will be 20 percent smaller-sized than males.

The Akita is known to have a great deal of endurance, and because of this, it will need a great deal of exercise throughout the day. Not made for confined areas such as an apartment or condo, an Akita will do well with day-to-day walks and a fenced backyard.

This breed is prone to hip conditions, eye issues, and knee problems.

Akitas are prohibited in some locations, and some property owners’ insurance providers might withdraw your policy if they were to find out that you owned this particular breed. Due to the aggressive characteristics, some friends, next-door neighbors, and/or members of the family might be afraid to be around this breed.

Is there any way to save some money?

You should consider looking at your local shelter to see if any dogs are up for adoption that either look like this breed or, if you’re really fortunate, the breed itself. Rescue groups and the Humane Society usually have adoption costs of less than $200.

Alec Pow
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