Be very careful with Akitas as a friend of mine has one. His Akita is great, but they can suffer from poping hocks. Get them checked out as otherwise it heartache all the way.
Hes spent an absolute fortune with canine hydrotherapy, vet appointments etc... Although the swimming has helped a lot, its still there.
Plus these are not the best dogs unless you have a lot of experience with very strong willed powerful breeds and you are able to show them you are definitely the alpha - also Akitas are not normally very good with other dogs - especially the smaller breed ones.