First of all, 90% of the replies on this thread know about 30% of the English language. Frustrating trying to read some of the kindergarten level communication!
That being said, most of the replies on this thread seem to demonize the Akita breed. I did quite of bit of research on Akitas before I purchased my first. I learned that they are very stubborn, sometimes are not good with children, "aloof" with strangers and aggressive with other dogs (especially with those of same sex) .
I would like to give you my experience with my Akita, Kuma (10 month old, non-neutered). The research I did made me very aware of challenges involved with Akita ownership. Previously my wife and I had trained Bullmastiffs, Golden Retrievers and Great Danes. We lost our Bullmastiff, Wrigley from cancer (age 6) and our Great Dane, Trigger (age 7) within 8 months of each other. We purchased Kuma, in part to ease our heartache and in part to provide another companion to our aging Golden Retriever, Zephyr (age 12). We knew the challenges of properly training an Akita and took it seriously. Kuma was involved with puppy playtime classes (dogs older than 3 months and had been properly vaccinated), that involved him learning to play and socialize with other puppies at a young age (crucial for a young puppy to learn how to react to other dogs, especially dominate dogs). That was followed by dog training classes that were based on food reward training.
In combination with reward based training, Kuma was introduced to over 20 different dogs (friends), and taken everywhere we went, meeting all kinds of people, including small children, scary looking men, meeting the USPS delivery person (making them give him a tasty treat and pet him), among other encounters.
Kuma is now 10 months old and had been very well socialized to this point. We even take him to my softball games where my wife sits in the stands and strangers come up to pet him, including my teammates 3 year old daughter who he get treats from for sitting for her.
Akitas are dominant dogs that must know their place in the human world. If they have a weak owner that lets them do what they want, then Akita is not for you. They must be shown love and respect in the family unit or they will rebel and can become aggressive. If they know that humans are in charge, are respected, they are amazing companions and guard dogs.
Yes, Akitas, if not properly trained can be very difficult dogs to deal with. You must do your research and know what kind of training will be involved with your new puppy. Akitas are not Golden Retrievers and need a different kind of discipline than your normal household pet. Correct training is key and harsh discipline to the Akita will backfire in your face. Love, respect and tasty food reward training is the best way to handle your Akita companion.