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ABOUT BREED

 Characteristics

The Tosa Inu is a massive, regal dog, standing well over 30 inches at the

 

shoulders and weighing up to 150 pounds; the much larger Tosa Inus,

 

weighing 200 pounds and more, are now extinct. Females are somewhat

 

smaller than males. They are never used in fighting.

 

The Tosa Inu has a very distinctive, large, wrinkled head, with drooping

 

ears and a medium length, jowled muzzle with a scissor-bite. The eyes are

 

small, with a calm, intelligent expression. The body is large-boned, with a

 

broad chest and well-muscled legs. The thick coat comes in varied colors,

 

but red is  considered the ideal and usually one solid color is preferred;

 

markings are allowed on the chest, but never on the head and muzzle.

 

The normal life expectancy is 10 to 12 years.

The Tosa Inu is subject to the ailments common to large breeds, like joint

 

inflammation, hip dysplasia and intestinal bloat. Careful breeding can, of

 

course, mitigate some of these problems.

 

There are on average six to twelve puppies per litter.

Owning a Tosa Inu

Despite their notoriety as fighting animals, the Tosa Inus make incredibly

 

affectionate and loving companions. They are devoted to their families and

 

are very patient and tolerant with the children. Extremely intelligent, with

 

excellent guarding instincts, they are dogs one can depend on. Apart from

 

guarding, they have been successfully used as Search and Rescue Dogs and

 

in Therapy Training.
 


That being said, the Tosa Inu is however not a pet one should acquire

 

without due consideration. First of all, it is a rather expensive animal to

 

acquire, the prices with the best breeders ranging from $1000 and up,

 

and its regular upkeep also is quite considerable. In addition, being such a

 

giant of a dog, it requires a lot of space. It's not going to settle happily in a

 

small apartment, or, rather, the apartment is not likely to happily settle with

 

this boisterous creature young Tosa Inu's are extremely boisterous and they

 

take a long time growing up. Also the undoubted intelligence of the breed

 

means that this is a dog with a mind of its own and one that it'll prefer to

 

make up on its own too if the Master doesn't learn to be masterly enough

 

while it is still possible.

 

For this reason it is imperative that the Tosa Inu be well-trained

 

and well-socialized from a very young age, and taught to curb its natural

 

aggressive tendencies towards other animals and strangers. With a large dog

 

as this, tragedy can result otherwise.
 


For a owner however who is mentally, physically, and financially willing to

 

cope, this is one grand dog to have around the place.

 

                      

 

 

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