Name: Tosa Inu
Other names: Tosa Ken, Tosa Tōken, Japanese Fighting Dog, Japanese Mastiff, Tosa Fighting Dog, Japanese Tosa
Country of origin: Japan
Size Type: Large Breed Dogs
Group: Guard dog breeds
Life span: 10 – 12 years
Temperament: Suspicious, Brave, Sensitive, Aggressive, Fearless, Intelligent
Height: Male: 61 – 81 cm; Female: 56 – 71 cm
Weight: 40 – 90 kg
Color: brindle, fawn, black, red
Price of puppies: $1800 – $2200 USD
Tosa Inu was first discovered in the Japanese region of Tosa. It is a boar hunting dog. Japanese breeders began to use the new system to improve hybrid varieties of Western dogs. According to the Japanese Kennel Club in 1854, by crossing medium-sized Japanese dogs with the German Pointer, English Bull Terrier, Great Dane, and French Mastiff, enthusiasts managed to breed an incredibly strong physically, hardy, ferocious dog.
Usually, the Tosa Inu is a quiet, level-headed, and obedient dog with a calm but alert demeanor. It is very attached to its family but avoids strangers. They are by nature watchdogs that can react aggressively to other dogs that have invaded their territory. Open display of aggression towards people is uncommon for the breed and highly undesirable. Due to its desire to please the owner, it does not accept harsh teaching methods. Representatives of this breed slowly mature and reach their heyday no later than 4 years old.