1. There is little difference between the American Akita and the Akita Inu. Although they may appear superficially different, they are from the same lines and are similar breeds.
2. Akitas are working class dogs, and have a tendency to become aggressive if they are not properly socialized and cared for. This is not because they are different from other dogs, but rather, their natural instincts are not as diluted as companion type dogs.
3. They are about as much work as any other large-breed dog. If adequate socialization, care, and exercise is not provided according to their breed and individual energy level, they may become aggressive, as with any other breed of dog.
4. Akitas are hunting dogs and not necessarily bred to be friendly with strangers, but this is easily remedied with socialization from a young age. Dog aggression is common with this breed, but again, early socialization can make them great with other dogs.
5. Look it up on a breed website, such as the AKC or UKC websites. They have resources which help determine the exercise, feeding, and living requirements of each breed of dog.
6. The owner of an Akita can expect a dog that is loyal and may be protective of family members, especially when strangers come on to the property. If properly trained, this will not be an issue of a well-balanced Akita. An Akita can also make an excellent guard dog if properly trained with positive reinforcement methods, but fear or punishment based methods will make any dog uncontrollably aggressive. The Akita's bark is enough to scare away most burglars, without the need to train or encourage the dog to bite.