Tosa Inu

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A very bold, fearless, and courageous breed, the Tosa Inu is quick to learn and obey his master. Affectionate, and friendly, this breed can be somewhat wary of strangers but will warm up if given the opportunity. Does well with children, but should be supervised due to his size. Given the proper training, a firm hand, and control, the Tosa Inu can make a great household pet. Does not do well with other pets unless raised with them from puppyhood.
Very self aware, brave, and intelligent, the Tosa Inu is said to be somewhat of an oaf. His endearing nature makes people instantly fall in love, but this breed is not for the inexperienced owner due to his sheer size. Calm, gentle and collected, the Tosa Inu is loyal to his owner and family. This breed makes a good watch or guard dog given the right training and proper control.
The Tosa Inu can be easily trained and is rather social. Unless raised around other pets, the Tosa Inu should be the only companion in a household. A sensitive yet powerful breed, he is quick to obey and learn. Proper control is necessary if both breed and owner are to be happy.
Fairly easy to groom, the Tosa Inu is a light shedder. An occasional brushing should be sufficient for this shorthaired breed. Muzzle area should be cleaned as necessary as this breed does tend to drool extensively. Only bathing when necessary.
The Tosa, short for Tosa Inu, has a short, rather harsh and dense coat. Should be tight, and straight. This coat should be somewhat weather resistant as it is tight, short, and close to body of dog. Coat should never be silky, but coarse to the touch.
This very intelligent dog is eager to learn and does remarkably well in obedience and working sports. Due to the size of the Tosa Inu, it is only recommended for experienced owners, as this dog requires a lot of control. Obedience classes are not required, but should be looked into at an early stage to avoid any future difficulties.
A large yard is best for this large and fun loving breed. Given the proper exercise, this dog will do okay in apartment life but should have exercise area available. The Tosa Inu makes a great jogging or running companion and does well on long walks.
Mle: 120-170; Female: 90-140 lbs
24-25 inches
Solid red, though black, yellow, black & tan, fawn, brindle and multi-colored is also permissible
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Tosa Inu puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Tosa Inu varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Tosa Inu puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Tosa Inus sold is $0.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Tosa Inu with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

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Annual cost of owning a Tosa Inu puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Tosa Inus true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Tosa Inu Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 9 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 0 Tosa Inu dogs.
  • 1. Kita
  • 2. Tammy
  • 3. Rose
  • 4. Red
  • 5. Puppie
  • 6. New Litter
  • 7. Menadel
  • 8. Frank
  • 9. Champagne

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Anonymous asked:
I had a Tosa Inu once, Great dog. Anyway, she was given to me and I am looking to get another one. What is average price paid for a female puppy?



The average price for a Tosa Inu female is between $1750.00 - $2000.00.


I love my male Tosa Inu, Buster Brown! He is six years old and loves his sister,,a Black Mouth KUR. They were raised together. as pups. We also have a white Perin duck and a black Astrolarp chicken, and they all get along. Buster loves everyone, but hates cats (the other white meat). His best attribute is--he sleeps with me--right up alongside me with his head on my pillow. When I was a kid I dreamed of sleeping with a big monster, and here he is. My other half gave me an ultimatum about letting Buster sleep with us, so now she sleeps in another bedroom. He has a deep bark and has scared away just a few solicitors. Can't say enough good things about him. He's one loving guy!

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Are Tosa Inus good with other dogs and are they good family dogs?



I have a Tosa Inu for 4 years now and he couldn't live with my other dog (neo mastiff), they have been fighting every day though he is calm with very small breeds. I'm sure Tosas can live with other dogs in a household, as long as they are introduced at the young age, Laura


I am a Kennel owner/operator, and I can tell you first hand Tosas can be whatever you make of them. Our dogs are unshakable guardians that double as kid's "ponies" on the holidays. You will have a hard time trying to find a better family dog. Sometimes it is easier with younger dogs to get them socialized and sometimes it is not, that depends on the dog. But the ultimate factor is whether or not you're gonna tolerate dogs that don't like other dogs. In this kennel, we have Tosas from Korea, Japan, The U.S., and Europe, and they all come to the same bottom line: If the dog thinks it's the leader it will make up its own rules and live by them, which may include bad manners with other dogs. If the owner is the authority figure, they make the rules, and one of our first rules here is dogs can't start fights. Our Tosas have lived with my mom's poodles, my sister's labs, and other family member's dogs just fine.


Our Tosa Inus have lived with my mom's poodles, my sister's labs, and other family member's dogs just fine. We have puppies all over the country living with dogs as small as 14-year-old Chihuahuas and Yorkies, and as big as other Mastiffs. Some of our puppies even live with cats! The bottom line is always going to come down to what the leader will tolerate. If you're the leader and you make a no fighting rule, you can even have 10+ Tosas eating next to each other without so much as a growl like we do. If the dog is the leader then you asked a good question and the answer is anyone's guess.


I fully agree that any dog will be what he or she is trained to be. I had a Gascon Bluetick hound, and as everyone knows, they have a very strong prey drive. My wife had a tiny Peekapoo that weighed 5 pounds. She found a rabbit in the yard to play with and they were best buddies. The Bluetick would not run a rabbit at night, but regularly caught and ate rabbits during the day. I scolded him off the yard rabbit and he would not hurt it, and in fact killed a fox that came into the yard after the rabbit, although I can not say he was protecting the rabbit or his territory. I do know that when he walked by the yard rabbit, he would look away from it as if he was resisting temptation. That rabbit lived in the yard for three years, brought in a mate, and raised letters, all without the Bluetick endangering them. When you can teach a hard headed hound to leave a natural prey animal alone, you can teach a dog whatever you have the patience and commitment to teach.


We had a Tosa from 6 weeks old until 14 years. Best dog we have ever had. Easy to train, loves kids and family. We miss him very much. Would like to have another one some day.


I had three Tosa. Initially a female with a male added at six months and then another female added at the two year mark. They were all introduced in the correct ways and only have had two beefs with the pups over bones way back when. If you are alpha they will listen. They are the best dog one could ask for! Unfortunately I just lost my male at 4.5 yoa to an unknown... he just went to sleep and didn't wake up... I will get another male puppy in time and he will be introduced he isn't picked on and hurt being the smallest of the pack....

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Updated: 7/5/2022