Shiba Inu - "A friendly, outgoing dog, the Shiba Inu is an alert guardian of family and home, quite content to be a watchful housedog. Light and quick, its movement is completely effortless. The Shiba is perky, outgoing and curious... the Shiba is adaptable and flexible, so most living conditions will suit this dog just fine. It's full of energy, so give it plenty of daily exercise." www.dogchannel.com
Large, powerful and alert, the Akita is a working breed that originated in Japan. The breed's thick double coat can be any color including white, brindle or pinto. An Akita trademark is the plush tail that curls over its back.