What kind of dog was Hachi?

Have you ever wondered what kind of dog Hachi was? This post will talk about the Hachi’s breed. Hachi is a dog character in “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” a 2009 American drama movie. In this post, we will present a brief description of the character Hachi, finally we will discover the breed of the faithful and docile Hachi and finally the physical and behavioral characteristics of the breed.

What kind of dog was hachi?

The docile and faithful Hachi was an Akita inu dog.

Who is Hachi?

Hachi is a character in “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” a 2009 American drama movie that is an adaptation of the 1987 Japanese movie “Hachikō Monogatari”.

The movie takes place in Tokyo. Hachi was an abandoned dog who was taken home by a University Professor called Parker Wilson. Throughout the movie, an unbreakable bond is created between the professor and the dog. So, every day the dog waited for his tutor to return in front of Shibuya Station in Tokyo, even after the tutor’s death.

About the Akita Inu

Akita is a city in Japan and “Inu” means dog in Japanese. Due to its larger size than the average of other Asian breeds, this pet was used for home defense and hunting.

Physical characterizes

The Akita dog is known for its nobility and vivacious posture. With a large size, the dog has a straight and strong back, broad and muscular, in addition to a deep chest. The tail is high and thick, curled over the back.

Akitas have a robust, well-balanced and firm body. The Akita’s forehead is broad and the snout is moderately long and strong, but not pointed. The eyes are relatively small and triangular, as are the ears, which are thick and rounded at the ends. Hard and straight outer coat, soft and dense undercoat; tail hair is longer than the rest of the body. Common colors are fawn red, sesame (red fawn hair with black tips), brindle and white.


The Akita has a calm, faithful, docile and independent temperament. He can be a very reserved dog, thus being a more serious and methodical dog, who returns the affection of the tutors with protection and companionship.

Health care

The Akita Inu are very healthy dogs. The main pathology that affects this breed is hip dysplasia and otitis, due to the ears conformation of this breed.

Hip Dysplasia is a genetic alteration, very common in several large breeds. Dysplasia is a malformation in the hip joint that causes discomfort, pain, can lead the dog to limp, and have problems with locomotion that get worse with age.

As it is a genetic characteristic, dogs with a high degree of the disease should not be bred. There are imaging tests that classify the dysplasia degree and can be performed even in puppies.

It is always recommended to buy animals in responsible kennels that aim at the genetic breed improvement, preventing the dogs proliferation with a high degree of hip dysplasia.

Dogs of the Akita Inu breed must undergo periodic consultations with a veterinarian due to the predisposition of this breed to present otitis. The most common clinical signs of otitis are itching in the affected ear, presence of fetid secretion in the ears, restlessness and pain.

As for reproduction, few reproductive problems are reported. Females tend to be very affectionate with their puppies. Because they are large dogs, the female canine can lie on the puppies, crushing them to death. Dogs and puppies must stay in specific parturition boxes to avoid this situation.

Before having a dog, it is essential to talk to a veterinarian to choose the ideal breed for your family. And once you’re with the animal, it’s important to regularly monitor the animal’s health with exams, vaccinations, and appointments.

Breed care

Below we will talk about some care for the Akita Inu such as:

  • Health care;
  • Skin care;
  • Nail care;
  • Teeth care.

Health care

Akita Inu needs to keep vaccination and deworming up to date, so it is advisable to visit the vet at least once a year. They tend to be very healthy, active and playful dogs.

Skin care

They are dogs that tend to clean themselves, so baths in this breed are recommended with specific shampoos for dogs every three months. The bath must be done very carefully, mainly to avoid the entry of water in the ear, thus avoiding otitis.

The animal must always be very dry after bathing, to avoid the growth of microorganisms that can lead to dermatitis. Brushing the hair should be done weekly. In periods of constant fur loss, these brushing should be daily.

Nail care

As for nail clipping, it is recommended to cut the dog’s nail once or twice a month. Clipping the nails prevents the animal from getting hurt or even hurting the tutor.

Teeth care

Dogs of this breed should brush their teeth every 48 hours with a dog-specific toothpaste. Constant brushing of your dog’s teeth helps prevent tartar buildup and the resulting problems.


In this blog post we were able to find out about the Akita’s breed. Topics such as the Akita’s physical characteristics, in addition to its sweet, intelligent, and loyal behavior like Hachi were discussed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): What kind of dog was hachi?

Is an Akita aggressive? 

Akita tend to be aggressive towards other dogs, especially those of the same sex. In addition, he is cautious with strangers, but extremely loyal to his family. Aggression can be reduced if the animal is well trained as a puppy.

How big is an Akita dog?

The size of the dogs is measured by the height of the withers, to the Akita inu the ideal size is 67 cm for males and 61 cm for females. 

Is Akita difficult to train?

Yes. In general they are stubborn dogs especially after they reach adulthood, but it is possible to train just need a little more time when compared to other breeds.


CBKC – Brazilian Canine Cynophilic Confederation, 2017 Official Breed Standard: AKITA. Available at: httpshttps://cbkc.org/application/views/docs/padroes/padrao-raca_102.pdf, Accessed 10th Jan 2022.

Jollimore, T. (2012). On loyalty. Routledge.

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