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Tosa

The Japanese martial artist

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Original Name : Tosa

Type : Molossoid

Other Names : Tosa, Ken

Male size : At least 23½ inches

Female size : At least 21½ inches

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Countries of origin : Japan

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Unflappable and patient, Tosas are bold, venturesome and courageous dogs that exude the powerful elegance of the sumo of their native land.

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Typically molossoid, with rather well defined stop and broad skull.

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High withers, level, straight back, broad, muscular loins, slightly arched croup at the top.

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Red, fawn, apricot, black and brindle.

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Relatively small, rather thin, set high on the side of the skull, hanging against the cheeks.

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Thick at the root, tapering to the tip, reaching the hock when let down.

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Short, hard and dense.

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Japan has a long tradition of dog fighting and Tosas were produced for that purpose as a cross between Shikoku-Kens and a succession of western breeds – Bulldogs (1872), Mastiffs (1874), German Pointers (1876) and Great Danes (1924) – each adding something extra to the mix. Some claim that Saint Bernards and Bull Terriers were also used. They take their name from Tosa province, present-day Kochi prefecture. Tosasa are lauded for their hardiness and their fighting instincts, typical Mastiff qualities. Very dignified and of robust build, Tosas are characterized by drop ears, a short coat, a squared-off muzzle, and a hanging tail that is thick at the root.

Did you know ?

Tosas are venerated in their homeland, due to their history and their physical and behavioral qualities. In Japan, Tosas are regarded as the sumos of the canine world.

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