The Akita Inu is a dog that many people say come from royalty, meaning that a couple of hundred of years ago, in Japan (the Akita Inu's native home) this dog was bred and kept by royalty, other... More > people say that this is not true.....they claim that the royalty bit came from Japanese pet shop owners trying to sell their product. The Japanese used male and female pairs because two dogs of the same-sex were too aggressive and liked to tear each other up more than hunting the wild bore.
The Japanese also used the Akita Inu for dog fighting. During this time the number of Akitas shot up, but there was one problem, they were interbreeding with other dog breeds. The result was a bunch of animals that looked like mutts... when people realized what was happening and when dog fighting became illegal, breeders started trying to preserve the breed.< Less