At AKIHO shows, the Japanese Akita is presented with a traditional rolled leather collar and hand-woven silk leash. This gear dates back to the first AKIHO shows in Japan and is only available from one shop in Tokyo. The store is called Adachiya, and all of the collars and leashes are hand made by artisan crafters. Adachiya wont ship leashes and collars internationally, so Akita enthusiasts in other parts of the world can have trouble getting a set for their show dogs. Often when a local club member is visiting Japan, they will take the opportunity to take orders and purchase leashes and collars for other members of club. If that is not an option, its good to cultivate a working relationship with a breeder or enthusiast in Japan willing to buy and ship the items to you, though you will then be paying shipping fees as well.
The leashes and collars come in two types – either colored or silver/gold. The silver/gold sets are preferred for showing, particularly major shows like the Honbuten (annual HQ show). Gold sets are used for red dogs while silver sets are used for brindle or white dogs. While not a hard and fast “rule” using the appropriate color set presents the dog better and will be better received by the Japanese judge. Colored sets can be red, blue, purple, black, or other colors and have no guidelines for which coat colors they match; it depends on the individual dog what looks best.
At UKC shows in the US, the Japanese show leash and collar are allowed but often cause confusion for the judge. We show our dogs with the traditional gear, and spend a lot of time having to explain it to every new judge we encounter. Nonetheless, we feel that our dogs should be presented in the traditional manner and that judge education is worth a little inconvenience and ridicule.
It is always good to back up the collar with a chain. At AKIHO shows the additional chain is required for male dogs, though we use it on all of our dogs. Standard hex link or fancy snake link show chains both work well. We prefer show chains that are chrome or gold plated to match the silver or gold collars and leashes. At UKC shows we often forgo the leather collar and use only the chain with the Japanese leash.
A notable feature of the Japanese rolled leather collar is the position of the buckle opposite the post for attaching the leash. This creates less “bulk” on the dog’s neck and presents a more balanced, symmetrical display of the dog. When the buckle is adjacent to the attachment point, it tends to look clunky and awkward.
Leash and Collar Sizes
The table below lists all of the sizes available. These leashes and collars are used for the other native breeds of Japan as well, and each breed and sex is noted next to the appropriate size. Hopefully this will help you pick the correct one for your dog. Always measure your dog’s neck if you’re unsure about collar size. Takes this measurement tight against the skin directly behind the ears/jaw and add 10 cm.
Note: Puppies or undersized dogs use one leash size smaller than the standard female size for that breed (eg. an Akita puppy uses a size 5 leash).
|Shiba||Female||27.5 – 32 cm||36 cm||Size 7|
|30.5 – 35 cm||39 cm|
|33.5 – 38 cm||42 cm|
|Male||30.5 – 35 cm||39 cm|
|33.5 – 38 cm||42 cm||Size 6|
|34.5 – 40.5 cm||45 cm|
Kishu, or Shikoku
|Female||33.5 – 38 cm||42 cm|
|34.5 – 40.5 cm||45 cm|
|37.5 – 43.5 cm||48 cm|
|Male||34.5 – 40.5 cm||45 cm|
|37.5 – 43.5 cm||48 cm||Size 5|
|39 – 46.5 cm||51 cm|
|Akita||Female||37.5 – 43.5 cm||48 cm|
|39 – 46.5 cm||51 cm|
|42 – 49.5 cm||54 cm||Size 4|
|Male||42 – 49.5 cm||54 cm|
|45 – 52.5 cm||57 cm||Size 3|
|48 – 55.5 cm||60 cm|
Leash and Collar Prices
Below are the most recent prices from Adachiya’s website in JPY and converted to USD. Use the table above to determine which size you need for your dog. There is no sales tax in Japan, but shipping and handling fees will apply if you purchase through someone living in Japan and have it sent to you.
Note: Colored collars and leashes are not currently available for Shibas from Adachiya’s website. Last checked February 25th, 2017. Conversion to USD is automatic based on current exchange rates.
|Item||Price (Colored)||Price (Silver/Gold)|
|Leash, Size 7||¥6,400 JPY||$58.71 USD||¥12,150 JPY||$111.45 USD|
|Leash, Size 6||¥6,400 JPY||$58.71 USD||¥13,500 JPY||$123.83 USD|
|Leash, Size 5||¥6,800 JPY||$62.38 USD||¥16,200 JPY||$148.60 USD|
|Leash, Size 4||¥7,600 JPY||$69.71 USD||¥20,250 JPY||$185.75 USD|
|Leash, Size 3||¥8,300 JPY||$76.13 USD||¥23,600 JPY||$222.90 USD|
|Collar, 36 cm||¥5,080 JPY||$46.60 USD||¥6,480 JPY||$59.44 USD|
|Collar, 39 cm||¥5,400 JPY||$49.53 USD||¥6,800 JPY||$62.38 USD|
|Collar, 42 cm||¥6,050 JPY||$55.50 USD||¥7,130 JPY||$65.40 USD|
|Collar, 45 cm||¥6,480 JPY||$59.44 USD||¥7,780 JPY||$71.36 USD|
|Collar, 48 cm||¥7,130 JPY||$65.40 USD||¥9,500 JPY||$87.14 USD|
|Collar, 51 cm||¥7,780 JPY||$71.36 USD||¥10,400 JPY||$95.40 USD|
|Collar, 54 cm||¥8,200 JPY||$75.22 USD||¥11,250 JPY||$103.19 USD|
|Collar, 57 cm||¥8,640 JPY||$79.25 USD||¥12,100 JPY||$110.99 USD|
|Collar, 60 cm||¥9,720 JPY||$89.16 USD||¥12,960 JPY||$118.88 USD|
For example, if you have a large female Akita, you should use a 54 cm collar ($103.19) and size 4 leash ($185.75) which will cost about $288.94 for the set.