Akita Inu and Shiba Inu - two of the six ancient Japanese breeds and two that are the most popular in the world. They share together a lot of traits and characteristics. They have similarities in both, appearance and temperament, but there are still big differences between them.
They look pretty similar, but there is one huge difference, that is their size. Akita is almost twice as big as Shiba! Akita is largest Japanese Spitz with height around 65 cm, Shiba is smallest Japanese spitz with height only around 35 cm.
The temperament is also pretty similar, Akitas are very loyal, protective and dominant. They are friendly inside their pack but they are often agressive against other animals. Those are amazing characteristics for being great guard dog. They also have strong prey drive, but that is true for shiba inu also.
Shibas are very independent dogs and they are reserved with strangers. Shiba Inu is, just like Akita very protective and loyal dog and they are also very territorial. Shibas are more energetic and they requieres more exercise than Akita, but they are not that playful. Shiba is also less stubborn than Akita.
Watch our video comparsion between Shiba Inu and Akita Inu and learn more.