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BREED MODEL

FEDERATION CYNOLOGIQUE INTERNATIONALE
STANDARD FOR THE JAPANESE TOSA


Skull - Broad

Nose - Large and black.

Muzzle - Moderately long. Nasal bridge straight.

Jaws - Upper and lower jaws strong.

Teeth - Strong with scissors bite.

Eyes - Rather smali, dark brown in color with dignified expression.

Ears - Relatively smali, rather thin, set high on the skuli sides, hanging

          close to the cheeks.

Neck - Muscular with a dewlap.

Body withers - High

Back - Level and straight.

Loins - Broad, muscular.

Group - Slightly arched at the top.

Chest - Broad and deep, ribs moderately sprung.

Belly - Well drawn up.

Tail - Thick at the root, tapering towards the tip, reaching the hocks

          when let down.

Feet - Tightly closed. Pads thick and elastic. Nails hard and preferably

          dark in color.

Size - Minimum height at withers for dogs male 23.5 in (60 cm),
          for famale 21.5 in (55 cm).


The Japanese Tosa is a strong, muscular dog with a loyal and protective

 

temperament. It makes an excellent home guardian and is an
 

agile athlete, especially for its size and weight. The same characteristics

 

that made the Tosa an excellent fighting dog have made
 

it a good choice as a home guardian and working dog.

                                       
 

 
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Since the Tosa is a mastiff, it should

 

not be slight of build. The broad head

 

possesses a wrinkled brow, which

 

becomes more prominent when the

 

dog is alert.

 

As in most breeds, the female's head

 

is not as broad as the male's and

 

should appear more feminine. The

 

Tosa has a strong jaw and its teeth

 

form a scissors bite.
 



 

 

 

 

 



 

The dark eyes (sometimes lighter in puppies) show an expression of dignity

 

and loyalty. The rim of black around the eye absorbs sunlight and prevents

 

the reflection of the sun's rays into the eyes.

With its somewhat pendulous, thick, black lips, the Tosa is sometimes

 

mistaken for a hound breed at various stages of its life, but, as a mature dog,

 

no one should make this mistake.

 

The muzzle can be the same color as the dog's coat or can be black, with a

 

black nose. The ears are shaped in a "V" and are considered a "drop" ear.

 

The hair on the ears is the softest on the dog's body.

Another important physical characteristic that sets the Tosa apart from other

 

breeds is its dewlap. Again, males have a more prominent dewlap, and it

 

more closely resembles that of the Dogue de Bordeaux than the pendulous

 

dewlap of the Neapolitan Mastiff.

The coat is short, with various levels of coarseness. Color ranges from fawn

 

to red, black and brindle, with the fawn or red being the most preferred.

 

Slight white markings on the chest and paws are most acceptable for this

 

breed.

 

FAULTS

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered as a fault and

 

the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact

 

proportion to its degree.
 

- Thin bonę.
 

- Snipy muzzle.
 

- Slightly overshot or under shot bite.
 

Excessive white markings arę not desired in this breed.
 

Disqualifying Faults:
 

- Extremely overshot or undershot bite.
 

- Shyness.

 

ODSTĘPSTWA OD IDEALNEJ SYLWETKI

Long body, low on leg, soft topline, weak rear

 


Upright shoulders, weak patterns, high in rear, lacking proper rear angulation, too straight

 

 

 


Generally lacking substance, narrow front, toes out, upright shoulders, high in rear, lacking angulation in rear, soft topline

Loaded shoulders, high in rear, wak rear, cowhocked, low on leg

 


Photos were taken from a book entitled "A Kennel Club Book - Japanese Tosa"
 

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