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Description: The Tosa Ken, a strong, powerful and massive breed native to Japan, is a popular fighting dog. They have been bred over the years in Japan simply for that purpose, to compete in traditional dog fights. Therefore, these tough Mastiffs were honored for not offering the slightest whimper when fighting to the death. Other than those aspects, the Tosa Ken is a quiet, reserved and loyal breed. Their first priority is to their family, and they remain affectionate and kind. They welcome friends they know, but to strangers they stay aloof. Japanese Tosa are dog aggressive and should always be kept away from other pets unless they have been raised with them. They are devoted, trainable and well-behaved. Tosas are big dogs, muscular and with the typical Mastiff face. One thing they lack that most Mastiffs posses is constant drooling. They have strong forelimbs an drop, triangular ears. Their colors are prized for red, however, they also come in tan, brindle, dull black, or fawn. They often have a black mask and white on the chest and paws. This powerful breed is an excellent guard and watchdog, coupled with the ability to be affectionate and loyal to its family.
Other Names: Tosa Ken, Tosa Inu, Tosa-Token, Japanese Fighting Dog and Japanese Mastiff.
Height: 22 - 25.5
Colors: Tan with
or without markings in a different shade of tan, or tan markings on white. They
can also be red, brindle, dull black, and fawn. They often have a black mask.
Kens are quiet and reserved inside the home. They are affectionate and friendly
with family. They are more aloof with strangers, however, and can be used as
an excellent guard dog. They can be dog aggressive, however. They are devoted
to their family. Tosas are trainable, excellent fighters, agile and athletic.
They are well behaved at home and a protective companion. They are happy to
greet friends and family, but suspicious of strangers. They do not like being
left alone, and should not be left in a kennel. They bark only when necessary,
and are brave and intelligent. The Tosa are also a patient breed.
Care and Exercise:
The Tosa Inu does not require a lot of exercise, only an average amount. If
given a yard and a place to roam, they will get all the exercise they need.
The coat is easy to care for, only needing a brush every once in a while to
remove dead hairs. This breed does not drool like many other Mastiff-type breeds,
making maintenance very low.
Activity: Indoors - Low
to Medium. Outdoors - High.
Health Issues: Eye problems, hip and elbow dysplasia, and bloat. Bloat is a common health issue to most dogs, being the second biggest killer of dogs other than cancer. It is also referred to as twisted stomach or gastric torsion.
Life Span: 10 - 12 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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