The Tosa Inu is also known as the Tosa Fighting Dog, Tosa-Ken, Tosa-Token, and Japanese Mastiff. Developed in the 1800's to compete in dog fighting rings in Japan, the breed is now used primarily as a guardian and is proving itself as a working dog.
The Tosa Inu is a well-muscled, solid dog, reaching 24-26" and up to 200 pounds. It has a short, dense coat. Stoic, relentless, and courageous, it may be aggressive toward people and animals.
Official recognition: FCI Group 2, CKC Group 8 - Miscellaneous Class.
Picture and brief profile from the RareBreed Network.
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