According to this, none other than Ms. Helen Keller herself brought the first Akita to the United States in 1937. Since I believe everything on television, I’ll take this as gospel. (Interestingly enough, Pets 101 also features this odd piggish pooch called the Capybara.)
No discussion of Japanese dogs would be complete without mention of the Shiba Inu, like Kika. Who was made famous by her puppy cam.
Argh, I keep trying to end this post, but I just found the story of Morocho, a Dogo Argentino. Mo saved her owner’s young children from a cougar. . . And not the cougars that are full of botox and silicon.