What dog looks like a small Akita? A Step-by-Step Guide

What is a Shiba Inu?

The Shiba Inu is another Japanese Spitz breed with many of the same physical and temperamental traits as the Akita.

Although related, this smaller dog is an entirely different breed.

Males stand from 14.5 and 16.5 inches and weigh about 23 pounds.

Females measure between 13.5 and 15.5 inches and weigh about 17 pounds.

Other than size, the most noticeable physical difference is color.

Both breeds come in black, red, and white.

But only the Akita’s coat comes in brown and only the Shiba Inu comes in tan.

In terms of behavior, the Shiba Inu will bark more but is typically less stubborn.

The Akita will become very close to one person, whereas the Shiba Inu will love all family members equally.

Shiba Inus also have a longer lifespan – 13 to 16 years – compared to the Akita’s 10 to 13-year average.


The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Akita mix weighs from 25 to 130 pounds and stands from 10 to 28 inches.

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are instantly identifiable for their foxy face, large bat ears, stubby legs, and long body.

There’s a good chance that the Corgita would inherit the Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s shortened legs.

Despite their size, these strong, sturdy dogs are powerful and possess a strong prey drive.

Mixing with a Smaller Breed

Breeding a female Akita with a smaller dog is the most common and also the most humane way to get a smaller version of a larger breed.

The major drawback is that when you combine two different dogs you never know exactly what you’re going to get.

The offspring could be smaller but have none of the physical or behavioral traits of an Akita.

On the other hand, there’s a chance that the puppies will take after the Akita parent and not be any smaller in size.

Here are some Akita mixes that could be used to create a miniaturize Akita.

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