For starters, Akita is a powerful type of breed whose origin can be traced in Japan. However, there is another similar type of Akita breed that was developed in America. This breed shares a number of traits with the spitz breeds such as the medium size ears. This breed of dogs was mainly used for hunting; especially the large game such as Yezo bears. They have the power to hold the animal until the hunter catches up. The breed was also used by the famous Samurai clans for dog fight competitions. This breed weighs at about 18-20 lbs and it can grow as large as 16 inches high. This makes it the easiest dog to carry. Its life expectancy ranges between 12 to 15 years.