The Aki-poo is a mixed breed, so they don’t have history as their own breed. Both parent breeds, however, are well known and loved. The Akita originated in Japan, originally used as a hunting dog capable of taking down formidable prey such as wild boar. They were first brought to the US as a gift to Helen Keller, who owned the first two Akitas in America. In modern times, they are prized as a high-drive guard dog and companion. The Standard Poodle originated as a duck-retrieving breed, while the Miniature Poodle was once used to hunt truffles. The breed’s incredible intelligence has lent them to many more uses, and they can be skilled at scentwork, therapy work, or other dog occupations.