Dog Breed Info Center(R) DBIC

Akita Shepherd

Akita / German Shepherd Mixed Breed Dogs

Information and Pictures

The front right side of a black, tan and white Akita Shepherd that is sitting on concrete with its mouth open and its tongue out

Kratos the German Shepherd / Akita mix at 2 1/2 years old

Other Names

Shepkita

Description

The Akita Shepherd is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Akita and the German Shepherd. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

Recognition
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
  • IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®
Recognized Names
  • IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®= Shepkita
A brown and black Akita Shepherd is sitting on grass with mouth open and tongue out with leash on

"This is Kayti. She is 50% German Shepherd, 50% Akita mix. Her father was an Akita and her mother a German Shepherd. She is 2 1/2 years old in this picture. She has a great temperament! She lives with a 3 pound Yorkie that she loves! She is not small animal aggressive. She is somewhat independent, aloof, and weary of strangers. She needs time to accept strangers and we joke that she acts like a cat! However, she also has some of the German Shepherd traits. She is always obedient, very smart, eager to please, and very trainable. She has those traits from the German Shepherd breed. She also "herds" us around the house sometimes. She is not all a "relentless barker" like some Shepherds are. And she rarely wines or growls. What I like about her is that we seem to have gotten the best of both breeds! She is affectionate when she wants to be and she can also be independent when left alone which gets rid of the "separation anxiety" that Shepherds often have. I am completely happy with her. She protects me with her life when my husband is not home. Almost like she knows that I am alone and needs to be looked after. I love her! The one bad thing about her is that she has a typical dominant personality that Akitas have which means she needs a "Pack Leader" that always is her leader otherwise, she can take over and become very relentless."

A brown and black dog with large perk ears and a thick coat wearing a red collar laying down on a green chair facing the left. The dog has a long snout, a blak nose and dark eyes.

Kayti the 50% German Shepherd, 50% Akita mix (Akita Shepherd) at 2 1/2 years old

The front left side of a brindle with white Akita Shepherd puppy is sitting in kitchen next to dog food and water bowl

Jack the Akita Shepherd puppy at 5 1/2 months old—"We added this little guy to our family by way of the SPCA, and we are so lucky to have been in the right place at the right time to be able to adopt him. He was the easiest dog to train in any of my experience, and his temperament is extraordinary. Also I have always admired a brindle coat and this pooch wears it quite well."

Close up - A brindle with white Akita Shepherd puppy are standing across a hardwood floor and it is looking up.

Jack the Akita Shepherd puppy at 5 1/2 months old

Close up - The front left side of a Akita Shepherd puppy that is standing across a floor, it is looking up and there are clothes behind it.

Jack the Akita Shepherd puppy at 5 1/2 months old

The left side of a tan with black Akita Shepherd that is standing across a lawn with kids toys behind it

Genau the Akita Shepherd (Akita / Shepherd mix) at 3½ years old

Close up - The left side of a tan with black Akita Shepherd that is standing in a lawn

Genau the Akita Shepherd (Akita / Shepherd mix) at 3½ years old

The front right side of a tan with black Akita Shepherd that is sitting across a kitchen floor with its mouth open. It is looking up and to the right.

Boo Riley the Akita / German Shepherd hybrid (Akita Shepherd) at 4 years old

The left side of a tan with black Akita Shepherd that is walking across wood chips with its mouth open and its tongue out

Oso the Akita Shepherd at 11 years old and 110 pounds—he comes from an Akita mother and a German Shepherd father.

A black, tan and white Akita Shepherd is sitting on a concrete sidewalk

Kratos the German Shepherd / Akita mix at 2 1/2 years old

The right side of a black, tan and white Akita Shepherd that is standing on a concrete sidewalk. Its mouth is open and its tongue is hanging out.

Kratos the German Shepherd / Akita mix at 2 1/2 years old

The right side of a black, tan and white Akita Shepherd is standing across a concrete sidewalk with its mouth open and tongue out

Kratos the German Shepherd / Akita mix at 2 1/2 years old

The left side of a black, tan and white Akita Shepherd is walking across a concrete sidewalk

Kratos the German Shepherd / Akita mix at 2 1/2 years old