The Akita Basset 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 guarding and 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 Basset Hound is well known for their powerful sense of smell. Often characterized alongside detectives like Sherlock Holmes, the Basset Hound is known for their loyalty, intelligence, and drive when working. However, they’re happy to get their energy out then curl up on the couch with their favorite people.