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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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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Tosa Ken is a large, powerful and muscular dog that is longer than it is tall. It has a large boxy head; pendulous lips; and prominant dewlap. The head wrikles when the dog is alert. The skull is broad and the muzzle is broad and blunt with powerful jaws. The nose is black and there may be black on the pink tongue.

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Temperament [ edit ]

This is a quiet, reserved dog that is affectionate and friendly with family and aloof with strangers. It may be dog aggressive. It is devoted to its owners and is highly trainable.

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