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Other name(s): Tosa-Inu; Tosa-Ken; Tosa Token; Japanese Tosa; Japanese Mastiff

The basics:
The Tosa is a large, powerful breed developed in the Kochi prefecture (previously "Tosa") in mid-1870s Japan. At that time, newly imported European breeds such as the Great Dane, Mastiff, Bulldog, and Bull Terrier were crossed with a native Japanese breed known as the Shikoku Inu to create the so-called Japanese Mastiff. Because of its size, agility, and speed, it is banned in some countries and classified as a dangerous breed, and it has no place in the hands of irresponsible or easily intimidated owners. Know how to properly socialize a large, potentially aggressive breed. Check your local laws and insurance coverage to make sure you are allowed to own the Tosa.

Appearance / health:
The Tosa is a stately and massive dog. Its head is large, with a broad skull. It has a slightly abrupt stop and a moderately long, squared-off muzzle. It has very powerful jaws. The skin on the neck forms a dewlap. It has small and pendant ears that fall along the cheeks. Its eyes are small, dark, and almond-shaped, and convey a dignified expression. The long tail, reaching down to the hocks, is thick at the root and tapers to a point.

Minimal maintenance is required as the Tosa’s dense coat is short and smooth. Occasional brushing helps to remove dead and loose hair. This breed is a light shedder.

An adult Tosa requires a good amount of exercise. A fenced-in yard, where the dog can exercise at will, may be ideal. Over-exercising young Tosas is not suitable as it could affect growing bones and muscles.

This breed is prone to eye problems (entropian) and hip and elbow dysplasia (deformation of the joints leading to lameness). Bloat (twisting of the stomach that can prove fatal), as well as skin and autoimmune conditions, can also occur in these large dogs.

Behavior / temperament:
Tosas are working dogs of great strength. They are finely attuned to their masters and are sensitive to the tone of their voice. They make excellent companions and guardians. They have a high tolerance to pain. It is normal for a Tosa to snort and snore loudly. The breed tends to drool a lot.

They are highly intelligent dogs that respond to a consistent training approach. This breed requires a strong and experienced owner who is capable of asserting dominance. With proper training and control, the Tosa can be a good family companion.

The Tosa is generally a quiet dog. It was bred to be a silent fighter in keeping with Japanese dog fighting rules. It has a deep bark.

wonderful

nice coat, large dog

interesting

slow moving, biggest bark, strong dog

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Tosa

From WkdLilLady Feb 17 2009 9:30PM

5/5

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