We had an Akita bitch when I was in high school. She was magnificent but, as you said, a bit aloof. You do not want to get on the wrong side of an Akita. She tore open a neighbor's dog for no apparent reason one day and acted like she'd done us a favor.Now Red was an interesting dog, we think he was a boxer / mastiff, 105+ lbs, wife, picked him off the street in south dallas... someone clipped his ears to make him look like a pit.. body way to big to be one.. i saw one day, from a sitting position, jump over a 4 foot wall ... I named him Red after a friends dog, not because he was that color, people couldn't understand that...
the akita is an interesting breed, they are really an aloof type dog.. one day we were watching tv on different couches, he got out of his, walked over to me, with his face in mine, burped, and walked away... that little shit..