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Akita Growth & Weight Chart: Everything You Need To Know

Aliyah Diamond
Aliyah Diamond
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
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Hailing from ancient Japan, the Akita is a symbol of happiness, long life, and good health. Akitas are muscular dogs with a thick double-coat that sheds heavily during warmer months. These alert, loyal dogs can be wary of strangers but will show you their goofy, loving side once you get to know them. If you’re the lucky pet parent of one of these courageous dogs, you may be wondering how large can an Akita grow and how do I know when my Akita is finished growing?

Everything you need to know about Akita growth: -Male Akita Growth & Weight Chart -Female Akita Growth & Weight Chart -At what age is an Akita fully grown? -How much bigger will my Akita get? -What is the size of a full-grown Akita? -How do I make sure my Akita Is healthy?

Akita Growth & Weight Chart

Since every puppy is unique, keep in mind that the following numbers are estimates of how much your pup may weigh at specific points in their growth. Don’t fret if your Akita puppy is slightly below or ahead of these figures! Continue taking your Akita to their veterinarian for regular checkups and to discuss the best diet and exercise options available for them.

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Male Akita Growth and Weight Chart

Age Weight
1 months 7 - 12 lbs
2 months 17 - 27 lbs
3 months 30 - 40 lbs
4 months 35 - 50 lbs
5 months 45 - 60 lbs
6 months 55 - 70 lbs
7 months 60 - 80 lbs
8 months 65 - 85 lbs
9 months 75 - 95 lbs
10 months 90 - 110 lbs
11 months 95 - 115 lbs
1 year 95 - 125 lbs
1.5 years old 100 - 130 lbs
2 years 100 - 130 lbs

Female Akita Growth and Weight Chart

Age Weight
1 months 5 - 10 lbs
2 months 15 - 25 lbs
3 months 30 - 40 lbs
4 months 35 - 45 lbs
5 months 45 - 55 lbs
6 months 50 - 65 lbs
7 months 55 - 75 lbs
8 months 60 - 80 lbs
9 months 65 - 85 lbs
10 months 65 - 85 lbs
11 months 65 - 90 lbs
1 year 70 - 95 lbs
1.5 years old 70 - 100 lbs
2 years 70 - 100 lbs

At what age is an Akita fully grown?

Like many large dog breeds, Akitas take longer to reach their full adult size than smaller dogs. Most Akitas will be close to their full adult size around ten months to a year of age, but will continue putting on weight until they are two years old.

akita dog in field (Source: VetStreet)

How big should a 6-month-old Akita be?

A 6-month-old Akita’s size will vary mostly by their gender, diet, and environment. A male 6-month-old Akita will weigh around 55 to 70 pounds, while a female Akita at the same age will weigh about 50 to 65 pounds. Both male and female Akitas will be approaching their full height, which is around 26 to 28 inches for males and 24 to 26 inches for females.

As a large dog breed, it’s especially important to monitor your Akita’s growth to check if they are growing too quickly. Large dog breeds are more prone to hip dysplasia and other joint problems if they grow too fast. The Veterinary Centers of America recommend feeding Akita puppies a large-breed specific puppy food to slow their growth rate. Large-breed growth food will not affect your Akita’s final size but reduces the risk or severity of joint issues like hip dysplasia later on in life.

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How much bigger will my Akita get?

How much bigger your Akita will get depends significantly on their current age. If your Akita is younger than a year old, they likely have quite a bit of growing left to do. Many Akitas will continue to fill out their chests and put on muscle until they are two years old.

You can also take a look at your Akita puppy’s paws. If their paws still look oversized next to their legs and body, they are likely still growing as this is a classic puppy feature.

Lastly, reach out to your Akita’s breeder. Their breeder will know your Akita puppy’s parents’ exact weight and height, giving you an idea of their maximum adult size since puppies rarely grow larger than their bigger parent. Your breeder can also provide you with a size estimate based on past litters.

What is the size of a full-grown Akita?

According to the American Kennel Club Official Akita Standards, a female Akita will weigh between 70 and 100 pounds and stand 24 to 26 inches tall. Their male counterpart will weigh 100 to 130 pounds and stand roughly two inches taller at 26 to 28 inches tall.

A full-grown Akita should appear muscular, compact, and have an imposing stature. Overall, Akitas are well-balanced in appearance and will be slightly longer than tall.

Tan and white Akita sitting in a yellow armchair(Image Source: Pexels)

How do I make sure my Akita is healthy?

Prevention is a crucial step in keeping your Akita healthy. Your veterinarian should professional can regularly assess your Akita’s health, so they can provide personalized recommendations for a healthy lifestyle, and run tests for common genetic health problems if needed.

As a purebred dog, Akitas are more prone to genetic health problems. The Drake Center for Veterinary Care lists bloat, thyroid dysfunction, cancer, hip dysplasia, joint injuries, and skin conditions as some of the Akita’s top genetic health problems based on their breed. Due to their thick double-coat, Akitas have an increased risk of itchy skin, hair loss, and allergies. In addition, their large size makes them more prone to joint issues and hip dysplasia, particularly if they grow too quickly as puppies.

Treatments for health problems, like cancer or hip dysplasia, can easily cost thousands of dollars, leaving many pet parents in a pinch. A recent study showed that only 19.44% of pet parents surveyed would be able to pay for a $5,000 veterinary expense out-of-pocket. With veterinary costs on the rise, it can be scary to think about the cost of treatment for your Akita should they be diagnosed with a chronic illness or have an accident. However, your pet’s well-being should always be your first concern. This is where pet insurance comes in.

Pet insurance can reimburse you for up to 90% of out-of-pocket veterinary expenses on any emergency illness, injury, or chronic condition your Akita may get. Once your pet insurance coverage kicks in, any accidents or new health problems are covered under your plan, which allows you to focus on what’s really important, your pup’s health and happiness. Many pet insurance plans also offer wellness add-ons that reimburse you for every day, preventative veterinary care like dental cleanings, veterinarian appointments, vaccinations and more.

Preventative care, along with a healthy diet and active lifestyle, will set your Akita up for success. Consult with your veterinarian today for the best, personalized recommendations for your Akita puppy.

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Aliyah Diamond

Aliyah Diamond
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Aliyah Diamond has more than ten years of experience in animal hospitals - working with dozens of species from dogs and cats, to elephants and snow leopards. Her lifelong passion for helping animals currently has her earning her doctorate of veterinary medicine at Cornell University and helping Pawlicy Advisor educate pet parents.

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