This article is from the Akitas Breed FAQ, by Kevin McIntyre with numerous contributions by others.
The Akita is a large, impressive and strong working dog. Its heritage
must be taken into consideration by a prospective dog owner. This
breed cannot be fed and forgotten - it must be given a chance to be a
member of the family. It needs love, training, and exercise. More dog
than a first-time dog owner may want to try, the Akita is for
assertive, dog-oriented people.