Thinking about purchasing an Tosa? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Tosa breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Tosa owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Tosa and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Tosa Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Tosa and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
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
Activity: Indoors - Low
to Medium. Outdoors - High.
Tosa 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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