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When Well Trained, the Tosa is Exceptionally Gentle, Affectionate, and Totally Obedient

Tosa Inu Puppies For Sale

Originally from Japan, the Tosa Inu or "Tosa," is also called the Japanese Mastiff. This massive, stately, regal dog is quiet, calm, and very reserved unless intimidated. According to its standard, the Tosa Inu is "patient, composed, bold, and courageous." The United States' version of the breed is roughly twice the size of the Japanese version, with American breeds weighing 90 to 170 pounds. Japanese versions are 66 to 88 pounds. They are banned in the UK as "dangerous" dogs, although some believe this designation is unfair.

In Japanese culture, the Tosa Inu is revered as brave and valiant, and is considered a national treasure. Bred for hundreds of years in Japan, dogfighting is highly prized and has been going on since the 14th century. The Tosa Inu was originally developed for this purpose, between the years of 1868 and 1912. The breed was developed by crossing a Kochi, a Japanese pedigree, with Western species such as the Bull Terrier, St. Bernard, Bulldog, Great Dane, Mastiff, and German Pointer. They have been called the "sumo wrestlers" of the dog world.

The Tosa Inu's dogfights are not like other dogfights you typically hear about. Instead, their purpose is to fight other dogs in competitions that are ceremonial in nature; they are trained to dominate but not to kill.

In Japan, the fight is more like a game and is not cruel or bloody. Designed to be based upon endurance, these "sumo dogs" fight like sumo wrestlers, whereby they simply try to pin and then hold each other to the floor. The dog who dominates for more than three minutes in a shorter fight or five minutes if the fight is longer than 15 minutes is considered the winner. The dog that whines or growls is considered a loser no matter his or her physical prowess. Dogs also must not turn their hindquarters to their opponents and cannot move back more than three steps when attacked. The fight is considered to be a draw with neither a winner if both dogs have proven themselves an equal match within a particular fight.

As with sumo wrestlers, the dogs are placed into a hierarchy according to points earned for fights, with the greatest fighters given the title of "Yokozuna," just as with sumo wrestlers. These dogs are also taught to fight silently, as is the Japanese tradition, with courage and without any signs of cowardice.

The Tosa was in danger of extinction during World War II and then afterward because of a distemper epidemic. The Association for the Preservation of the Tosa saved twelve Tosa Inus that were chosen for their character and type as the most authentic of the breed; they were taken to the north of Japan, to the Aormi Prefecture. Most Tosas today are descendants of these twelve.

Relentless and absolutely fearless, the Tosa Inu is no longer used as a fighting dog in the United States but still does compete in trials for obedience, service, and other training-related skills.

Considered a "dangerous" breed by countries such as the UK, the Tosa Inu is banned wherever it has this designation. Many believe this designation to be unfair, as the Tosa is not dangerous, but most certainly does need a strong leader who has the appropriate skills to socialize puppies from the beginning, and the appropriate dominance to handle and train them.

The Tosa is still considered rare in the United States, with relatively low popularity among breeds.

Powerful and majestic, the Tosa Inu is massive, stately, and imposing. Athletic and muscular, the Tosa's appearance is enhanced by its sleek, short coat of brindle, red, fawn, and occasionally black colorations, sometimes with white markings and/or a black mask. The large head is broad, with a moderately long, square muzzle. Dark brown eyes that are alert pools of calm give the Tosa its majestic air.

Serene, fearless, loyal and exceedingly protective, the Tosa is a very devoted dog breed with a suitable owner seeking to adopt a pet. However, he or she is also very independent and intelligent and will take charge if you don't. This can mean disaster with such a large dog, although the Tosa is exceedingly stable and calm with an owner who knows how to take a firm, gentle hand. Highly sensitive to the tone of voice and commands, you should only need to discipline by voice alone. Although the Tosa is considered a so-called "dangerous" breed in countries such as UK, this is not the dog's fault. Instead, such dogs have been poorly handled and improperly trained, if at all. When well trained, the Tosa is exceptionally gentle and affectionate, and totally obedient.

What's important is to socialize your puppy to be around people from the time you bring him or her home. It is especially important for the dog to be introduced to those he or she will love. Once properly introduced, the Tosa will always be protective, stable, and loving. If you take command as the “alpha dog,” (or “leader of the pack,”) you can introduce your Tosa to just about anybody and he or she will accept him/her, although the Tosa's natural inclination is to be reserved around strangers.

Proper Environment
The Tosa Inu is driven to be active. Therefore, make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise; these dogs need to walk daily, and will make good jogging companions. Because of their massive size, they also excel at pulling duties, and can pull up to 3000 pounds – and enjoy doing it. Therefore, you may delight your small children if you train your Tosa to pull a wagon, for example. Your pet is very devoted to you and needs a dedicated owner, someone willing to be equally devoted to him or her. Don't leave your pet alone for any significant period of time, as he or she must be around you and family to be truly happy.

As with most large dogs, the Tosa is prone to bloat, an exceedingly dangerous condition that needs medical attention immediately. If you notice your dog looking depressed, trying to vomit but failing to do so, or with a hard-to-the-touch or distended stomach, get to the vet immediately. Surgery can correct the condition, but it can be fatal within an hour of onset if not taken care of properly. It should be noted that because the Tosa was historically a fighting dog trained to withstand large amounts of pain, you may have difficulty seeing that anything is wrong with your stoic pet until it's too late unless you pay close attention.

Hip dysplasia is also a problem for this large breed. With proper veterinary care, you can expect your Tosa to live 10 to 12 years on average.

The Tosa's sleek, smooth fur is easy to groom. Brush to remove loose fur regularly and bathe only when necessary. Drooling generally is only a minor problem for the Tosa, unlike some other Mastiff breeds.

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Group Classification: Mastiff

Recognized By: CKC, FCI, NKC, APRI, ACR, DRA

Country of Origin: Japan

Date of Origin: 19th Century

Hair Length: Short

Shedding: Light

Body Size: Extra Large

Weight Male: 120-170 pounds

Height Male: 22-30 inches

Weight Female: 90-140 pounds

Height Female: 22-30 inches

Litter Size: 4-8 puppies

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years








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Solid, brindle or multi-colored of red, fawn, apricot, yellow, black, black and brindle and black and tan

Living Area
Will do okay in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. Small yard is sufficient. Likes to be around owners.