A beautiful Utonagan dog ~ they look like wolves, but are an Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd, and Siberian Husky mix. (London, from The Littlest Hobo, came from a Utonagan and 'reverse markings' German Shepherd mix)
Akita is known as a powerful, dignified large dog breed originating from Japan. They can be quite alert with strangers but affectionate with family members. There are actually two separate varieties as Japanese Akita or the American Akita. The American Akita usually has thinner coat and comes with more colors.
An Indian legend says: "When a human dies, there is a bridge they must cross to enter into heaven. At the head of the bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based on what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge... and which are turned away.":