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Tosa Inu

The Japanese fighting dog (other names: Tosa, Tosa Ken, Japanese Tosa, Tosa Tōken, Japanese Mastiff, Tosa Fighting Dog)

Tosa Inu
origin:Japan
date origin:1854
life expectancy:10-12
classification:Mastiff
height:62 to 82 cm
weight:36 to 55 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Reasonableclimate: Temperatein/out: Indoorfeeding: Mediumsize: Giant
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History [ edit ]

The Tosa Inu was developed after Commondore Perry traveled to Japan in 1854, opening up a trade between Japan and Wester Countries. Japanese breeders bred foreign dogs, such as the Bull Dogs, Mastiffs, Great Danes and German Pointers, with Native breeds, such as the Shikoku, to create the canine equivlent of a Sumo Wrestler. The dogs were continued to be used in Ceremonial dog fighting. The breed came close to extinction after World War 2, but was revitalized by the people who loved them.

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