Description: Bred as a fighting dog in Japan, this dog is quiet and self-aware, but very powerful. This brave, exceptionally intelligent has a strong protective instinct. Tosa Inus put their family/owners/handlers first and are very affectionate toward them, but are more reserved toward strangers. These bark only when necessary because it was bred to fight silently as Japanese dog-fighting rules dictated.
Beware of the dog-aggressive tendencies and keep your Tosa Inu away from other dogs that may want to fight, because the Tosa Inu will always win. 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. This is not a breed for beginners. With proper training and control, Tosa Inus make good family companions.
Other Names: Tosa Ken, Tosa Token
Height: Male 23 -1/2 inches, Female 21 - 3/4 inches
Weight: 100 - 200 Ibs
Colors: The Tosa Ken has a deep, solid and rich red colour.
Coat: Has a large, blocky head and a broad muzzle and large set of teeth. The nose is solid black and extends slightly beyond the end of the muzzle. Ears and eyes are of medium size.
Temperament: The Kosa Ken is normally quiet and obedient dog with a clam but vigilant demeanor. It is affectionate with its own family but may be somewhat aloof with strangers.
With Children: Yes, friendly towards humans
With Pets: The Tosa Ken is a nature watchful of other dogs and may reach aggressively to dogs it considers intruders
Care and Training: The Tosa Ken responds best to positive enforced training method because of an inherent deire to please its owner.
Learning Rates: High Obedience
Country of Origin: Japan
History: The Tosa Ken is know as a Japanese fighting dog, which originated on the island of Shikoku in the Kochi Prefecture.
First Registered by the AKC: 1998
AKC Group: Working