The Tosa or the Japanese Mastiff is a rare breed of fighter dog that is from the Japanese origin. Until today, the dog belongs to the fighter family and it is usually bred in Tosa (Kochi).
The size of this dog varies depending on the area of its breeding. If it's bred within the country itself, it is about half the size compared to the size when it's bred outside.
The Tosa dog has been banned in most areas because it is considered to be highly dangerous. Keep reading to find out what is so daunting about this breed.
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Depending on whether it is bred in Japan, the dog may weigh differently, but the general characteristics of this breed remain the same.
In the UK, the Tosa dog was banned in 2000 because of being too dangerous. Belonging to the fighter dog family, this dog has some violent streaks.
The Australian government has strictly said that it will not insure homes with this dog breed because it is considered dangerous.
Denmark, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Malaysia, New Zealand, Turkey, Norway, Singapore, and Tunisia have banned this dog breed as well.
In other countries, if families would like to adopt the Tosa breed, they don't receive ownership rights which make it illegal to adopt the dog.
The aim to breed the Tosa dog was to get a large and powerful dog. Many large sized dog breeds like the European Spitz, Great Dane, and Bull Terrier were bred together to create the Tosa.
In Japan, nearly 5,000 Tosa breeders were present at that time.