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Japanese Tosa Dog

The Japanese Tosa was perfected between the 1860's and the early 1900's, in the Tosa region of Japan. The breed itself was a composite breed of Japanese indigenous breeds such as the Kochi and the Shikoku with a wide selection of Western dogs, most notably Great Dane, Mastiff, German Pointer, Bulldog and St Bernard. The intended purpose was to breed a superior fighting dog that would trump all the competition.

That might not warm you to a Tosa immediately; however, with the correct socialisation and training enforced they can be a great family dog. Be aware what you are getting though as the average size in the US is anything from 120-170 pounds for a male, with 90-140 pounds being the mostly likely size of a female.

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Although they are very big and have a big muzzle, their coat is very short and thus very easy to maintain. Just the occasional brush will remove the old hair and keep their coats looking the very best. One throwback to their mastiff cousins is the fact that they drool, though not nearly as bad as mastiffs.

Tosa's like most Japanese dogs are known for their intelligence and are very attentive to their commands. They are similar to western big dog breeds like Rottweiler’s in that they seldom bark, rather remaining quiet until necessary to bark.. When they do bark is a deep intimidating sound. If you are looking for a quieter dog than some big dogs can be, then a Japanese Tosa may be a great choice for you and your family.

As a family dog they are both loyal and courageous. They will always defend who they consider to be their own. To ensure the best experience with your Tosa, it is essential that proper training is put in place to teach them who is in charge. A well-trained and well-kept Tosa will get on perfectly with other pets in the home and most importantly any children. It is vital that they have a strong, confident but calm pack leader to follow and obey.

Due to the nature of the Tosa's breeding, socialising from as early as possible is recommended to ensure that while puppies they learn what acceptable behaviour is and that other dogs are allowed to walk in the park as well as them. They make excellent watchdogs, while being the epitome of man's best friend.

As with any big dog, they require a lot of exercise and training. Not only physical training though, as these dogs are highly intelligent, it is beneficial to challenge their mind as well. Normally, the advice is to look for a new dog at a shelter or adoption centre, with a dog like the Tosa, it is better to get them direct from a breeder. This ensures that you can see how they are treated and can take one on from puppy age. By following the advice in this article you could find a loyal friend for life in the Japanese Tosa.