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Akita, powerful hunting dog originating in northern Japan in the 17th century. Standing 20–27 in (51–69 cm) high at the shoulder and weighing 75–110 lbs (34–50 kg), the Akita possesses a solid body and a short, stiff coat. Sometimes called the royal dog of Japan, the Akita is considered a symbol of good health and has been designated a national treasure by the Japanese government.

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