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So you’re looking to adopt an Tosa, or already have one?

According to the American Kennel Club, “The Tosa is quietly affectionate with his own family, but may be somewhat aloof with strangers. This breed is also, by nature, watchful of other dogs and may react aggressively to dogs it considers intruders. Overtly aggressive behavior towards humans is uncharacteristic of the breed. Their short, dense coat can be fawn, red, apricot, black or brindle and they can also have white markings on their chest and feet. In addition, Tosas mature slowly and individual dogs may not reach their prime until as late as four years of age. This breed is the largest of all Japanese dog breeds. They are also known as the Tosa Ken, Tosa Dog, Tosa Token, Tosa Inu, Japanese Fighting Dog, and Japanese Mastiff. The Tosa’s temperament is marked by patience, composure, boldness and courage. He is normally a tranquil, quiet, and obedient dog, with a calm but vigilant demeanor. With a stately manner and robust build, they were formerly bred for fighting, but are now used as watchdogs.”

An Tosa typically ranges from 54.61cm to 59.69cm in height, and weighs from 45.359237kg to 90.718474kg.

There are a few pet insurance companies in New Zealand that offer dog insurance for Tosa breeds. Try Cove Insurance as they are currently offering a one-month free promotion. Typically Tosa insurance ranges from $30 per month to $65 – but of course this varies depending on a range of other factors such as gender.