Tosa Ken! Dog Breeds of Japan!



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Tosa Ken


Other Breed Names: Tosa Inu Origin: Japan Group: UKC,

Guardian Breed History: This handsome breed originated after Commodore Perry traveled to Japan in 1854. Trade began between Japan and western countries, allowing for Japanese breeders to breed foreign dogs with their native breeds. Breeds such as the Mastiff, Great Dane, Old English Bulldog, St. Bernard, and the German Pointer were bred with Japanese native dog breeds like the Shikoku. This allowed for a powerful breed to originate. Unfortunately this breed was used for dog fighting, and still is today.

Although a rare breed, most especially after WW2, breeders allowed for the Tosa Inu to gain popularity as a breed. The most popular years for this breed was during 1924-1933.

Breed Description: Ruggedly handsome, powerful and large, the Tosa Inu is muscular and longer than tall. With a large, square- shaped head, droopy lips- a prominent dewlap, delightful wrinkles, the Inu is spectacular as a breed. The Inu has powerful jaws and a wide muzzle. Carrying a black nose and high-set medium sized ears, his eyes are of average size. Tail is long and coat, short and thick. This breed is usually one color; brindle, red, fawn, or sometimes black with some markings.The Inu sometimes has white markings on his chest and paws.

Height: 24.5-32 inches Weight: 80-135 pounds Temperament: This breed was deemed a dangerous breed and has been banned in several countries. Nonetheless, the Inu with positive training ,a loving home and the right environmental stimuli can make for a great family dog. His temperament is quiet and reserved and affectionate around family members. Although dog aggressive, with the right training and socialization the Inu can be socialized in the right way.

Activity Level. Energetic, needs plenty of exercise. Most Suitable Pet Parent: The Tosa Ken needs plenty of positive training from a young age, and requires lots of socialization around dogs, people, children and other pets. That said, this breed does well in a suburban neighborhood with an experienced pet parent but needs regular exercise.

Needs: Socialization and positive training

Health Problems: Bloat, eye issues, hip and elbow displasia

FCI– Federation Cynologique International For Dogs Worldwide


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