It is derived largely from native Akita Inus of Japan, Tattoos American Akita I love mom shirt but with a preference for larger dogs trending them that direction. It also involves dogs resulting from infusions of the larger Japanese breeds when dog fighting was legal there (until 1908) and when crosses to the Tosa Inu and another fighting/larger breeds occurred. There is also good documentation that Akita Inus were bred with German Shepherd Dogs during WWII. The result was that of the three types of Akitas running around Japan after WWII, the “true” medium-sized Akita Inu was the rarest while the fighting-bred Akitas-with-a-dash-of-Tosa and the recent Akita-with-some-GSD dogs were more readily available and visible.
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The Americans imported the dogs that were available and Tattoos American Akita I love mom shirt visible and therefore the Akitas in the US largely trace back to those larger dogs. When Akita Inus were much later exported elsewhere, it was after the Japanese Kennel Club and Japanese breeders had decided that the original medium-sized hunting dog was the “true” Akita so populations of Akitas outside of the US are only drawing on one of the three Akita populations and it is the one most neglected (though not intentionally) by early US importers.