Do Akitas bark?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

Akitas do bark, but they are not known for being excessive barkers. In fact, they are often referred to as “The Silent Hunter” because they bark so infrequently. This unique characteristic can be attributed to their history as hunting dogs, specifically for bear hunting.

Akitas were originally bred in Japan for hunting and guarding purposes. They were primarily used to track and hunt large game, such as bears. As a result, they were selectively bred to be quiet and stealthy hunters. Barking unnecessarily would give away their position and alert their prey, which is not ideal for a successful hunt.

This inherent trait of being a silent hunter has remained in the breed over the years. Akitas have a natural instinct to be quiet and reserved, especially when it comes to barking. While they are not completely silent, they tend to reserve their barks for specific situations or when they feel it is necessary.

It is worth noting that Akitas can still bark when they feel threatened or when they want to alert their owners to potential danger. They are known to be loyal and protective, so they may bark to warn their family of any perceived threats. However, compared to other breeds, their barking is generally limited and not excessive.

In my personal experience with Akitas, I have found them to be relatively quiet dogs. My Akita rarely barks, and when she does, it is usually in response to something that she perceives as a threat. She is typically calm and composed, and her quiet nature adds to her majestic and regal demeanor.

While Akitas do have the ability to bark, they are known for their infrequency of barking, earning them the nickname “The Silent Hunter.” This characteristic can be attributed to their history as hunting dogs, where silence and stealth were valued traits. So, if you’re looking for a dog that won’t bark unnecessarily and disturb the peace, an Akita might be a great choice.