This breed needs to bathe every few months, although it can be more often, depending on the needs of each owner.
Toenails should be trimmed every month, and their ears should be cleaned once a week.
Finally, the government ordered all remaining dogs to be killed on sight to prevent the spread of disease.
The only way concerned owners could save their beloved Akitas was to turn them loose in remote mountain areas, where they bred back with their ancestor dogs, the Matagi, Akita fanciers in Japan began gathering and exhibiting the remaining Akitas and producing litters in order to restore the breed to sustainable numbers and to accentuate the original characteristics of the breed muddied by crosses to other breeds.
They have longer (about 3–4 inches in length) and softer coats American Akitas are a low maintenance dog breed. They are fairly heavy shedders and can go heavier than normal two to three times per year.
Daily brushing could be a good way to reduce this problem.
The Mayor of Odate City in Akita Prefecture organized the Akita Inu Hozonkai to preserve the original Akita as a Japanese natural treasure through careful breeding. Ogasawara and named Kamikaze-go, died at 7 1/2 months of age from distemper, one month after her return to the States.