|Back:||Straight and strong.|
|Loin:||Broad and muscular.|
|Chest:||Deep, fore chest well developed, ribs moderately well sprung.|
|Belly:||Well drawn up.|
Body, Proportion and Posture
The side view of the normal and natural stance of the Akitas shows lines and angles of each part that are in harmony with each other and are correct. This stance accurately shows the angles for the head and neck, the level back, the proper position of the legs as well as the set of the well-curled tail. The preferred ratio of height at withers to depth of chest is tell to five (10:5), while that for height at withers to body length is tell to eleven (10:11) (Measured in terms of the proportion of height at withers to body length, bitches have slightly longer body than dogs). The feet should be planted on lines parallel to each other in both directions, i.e., from both front and side views.
In a stance called an assembled or gathered posture, the forelegs are placed too far back while, at the same time, the rear legs are positioned forward under the body. This posture is often the result of sickle hacks. Dogs that stand in this fashion tend to have a carp or roaches back withthe parts of the body not flowing smoothly into each other. The movement is one lacking in flexibility, and the whole visual picture is one lacking in strength, boldness and dignity. Another stance called the dispersed, or saw horse posture, is the opposite of the gathered posture. Dogs lacking in condition, without a well drawn up belly and a weak top line will often appear this way. The visual picture is one of softness, general looseness and lack of strength.
In the front view, the proportions, shape and structure of the head, neck, fore chest, elbows, forelegs and front feet are important. The harmony and balance between the thick and muscular neck, the well-built head, well-developed fore chest as well as strong forelegs to support the whole, needs to be evaluated. Elbow joints must be properly set and the front feet need to be round, thickly padded and strongly knuckled. The distance between the two forelegs must be correct. If the stances too wide or too narrow, the resulting body conformation is unsound. Lower legs either too heavy or too I light in hone, or feet that are flat are indicative of a lack of strength.
In the rear view, the distance between the hind feet as well as the structure of the hind legs in relation to the width of the hindquarters is very important. The muscles of the hindquarters need to be well conditioned in order to show fitness and power. The hind legs should be straight when viewed from behind, with the hacks turning neither in (cow hacks) nor out (bandy legged). Hind legs that are straight hut too close together are also not desirable. Cow hacks, handy legs and legs too close together are all an indications of weakness.