How to Brush a Japanese Akita

by Vex Morgenstern
    Akitas have extraordinarily thick undercoats.

    Akitas have extraordinarily thick undercoats.

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    The Japanese Akita evolved to live and hunt in cold weather. Because of this, it has a formidable undercoat that can be daunting to new Akita owners. Grooming your Akita is not difficult, but it is time-consuming. Japanese Akitas need to be brushed several times a week to keep their coats under control. Proper shedding tools, such as a curry comb or a rake, are invaluable when it comes to tackling an Akita's undercoat.

    Step 1

    Brush out your Akita's fur twice a week. Groom the dog outside on a concrete surface because you will have massive piles of loose hair. There is no substitute for this regular grooming.

    Step 2

    Use a shedding tool such as a rubber curry comb or a shedding rake to remove the loose hairs in your Akita's undercoat. Groom the dog until the shedding slows down. This may take more than an hour if the undercoat is heavy.

    Step 3

    Use a slicker brush to get more of the undercoat out. The long, thin teeth of this rectangular brush will remove dead skin and hair.

    Step 4

    Use a bristle brush on your dog's outercoat. This will smooth the coat and distribute the Akita's natural oils.

    Step 5

    When the dog is not in one of its triannual shedding seasons, use a pin brush and a wide-toothed comb on your Akita's coat. Too much brushing during these times can dull the coat.

    Items You Will Need

    • Shedding rake or curry comb
    • Slicker brush
    • Bristle brush
    • Pin brush
    • Wide-toothed comb


    • Akita Network: Grooming
    • Guide to Owning an Akita: Puppy Care, Grooming, Training, History, Health, Breed Standard; Jason Taylor; 1997

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    About the Author

    Vex Morgenstern began writing professionally in 2008. Her work has appeared on NPR, Gay Military Signal and a variety of blogs and newsletters. She has published research on synthetic scales in the "Howard University Music Journal." Morgenstern holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Howard University.