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Tosa Inu Dog Breed Puppy Ads
AKA: Japanese Tosa, Tosa-Ken
Breed Group: Rare Group Height Male: 30-33 inches
Breed Size: Giant Height Female: 28-32 inches
Breed Origin: Japan Weight: 83-200 pounds
Appearance
The Tosa Inu gives an overall appearance of a massive, large-boned and athletic dog. He has a short, smooth coat with the preferred colour being a deep, solid red. Other colours include other shades of red, including fawn; a combination of red and black brindling; dull black; brown; black with red markings; and pied. He may also have a black mask and black tipped hairs.
 

Temperament
The Tosa is patient, composed, bold and courageous. Very protective of his home and family, the Tosa is generally considered excellent with children, however, due to his large size, proper supervision should be maintained at all times. He is powerful, robust and agile, generally quiet and obedient, with a calm but guarded disposition. The Tosa can be aggressive to other dogs but aggressive behaviour toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed. It is strongly recommended that anyone considering a Tosa should have experience with large breed dogs.

Good with other dogs and pets only when raised with them from puppyhood. They tend to be fairly dog aggressive. Keep the Tosa away from other dogs that may want to fight, because the Tosa will most certainly win. They are not recommended in a home with other dogs of the same sex, size and temperament. They have a very high pain tolerance due to their fighting origins. This breed requires a strong and experienced owner capable of dealing with a large, powerful animal. With proper training and control, the Tosa can be a good family companion. Self aware, a very good guard and watchdog. This is not a breed for beginners.

 
History
The Tosa Inu (also known as the Tosa-Ken and Tosa-Token) originated in Japan in the mid-19th century where he was developed as a silent, heroic dog fighter with the ability to battle to the death without complaint. Sometimes referred to as "the canine equivalent of Sumo wrestlers", in their homeland, Tosas are treated with great honour and ceremony. In recent years, some have been exported to North America and Europe as companion and guard dogs.
 
Health
Both parents should have the following certificates: CERF (eyes) and OFA (hips and elbows). Also prone to bloat. Ask about bloat in the lines. Bloat can be a major problem in these large dogs.
 
 
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Tosa Inu


Scale ( 1 to 5 ): 1=Low 5=High
Guard Dog? 5
Watch Dog? 1
Exercise Needed? 3
Grooming? 1
Energy Level? 3
Shedding? 1
Ease to Train? 5
Good with children? 3
 
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