I guess the akitas really very from litter to litter. My male akita that recently passed away was very good with kids and there parents were very at ease with there kids around my akita. He was very calm and i worked with him alot so he would be gentle around kids. He did send a kid across the floor when the were playing tug a war but went to him right after that to make sure he was okay. The kid laughed about it and got the toy agian. I am only talking from my own perspective though. I do know that all akitas very and alot of it has to do with the owners too.