In Japan, where the breed originates, Japanese Akitas were given places of honor. For a period of time, only members of the Imperial family or ruling aristocracy were allowed to own Akitas. Originally bred for hunting and fighting, the modern Akita is a powerful animal comparable to the pit-bull with keen intelligence and a fearless spirit. The first Akita was bought to the United States by Helen Keller on her return from a tour of Japan. You will find many Akita Pictures on these pages.