The Akita has a troubled and long history. They were based in Japan and named Odate Dog, but the name changed in 1931. The first ancestors have developed thousands of years ago, however, during the 19th century, people that lived in Japan needed protector and guardian.
That is the reason they developed powerful and large breed by crossing Bulldogs, Mastiffs and Matagi-Inu. After a while, they succeeded in making pure breed called Odate dogs, and eventually changed in Akita-Inu.