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.

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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.

Does your Tosa Inu bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
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.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
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. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Tosa Inu puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
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. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
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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Tosa Inu Questions

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.

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.

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