Tosa

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Tosa

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Official Breed Standard of the Kennel Union of Southern Africa

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY
Japan has a long history of dog fighting, beginning in the 14th century. With such a history in the background, this breed was produced as hybrid of Shikoku-ken and Western breeds. Named after the area where they were bred, these dogs are sometimes called ‘Japanese Mastiffs’. The Western dogs used for creating the breed were Bulldogs (1872), Mastiffs (1874), German Pointers (1876) and Great Danes (1924) all of which were used to improve the breed by sequential mating. According to some accounts, St. Bernards and Bull Terriers were also involved but it is not known in which years they were used. The Tosa’s established features of stamina and the fighting instinct typically found in Mastiffs may be attributed to the involvement of such breeds.
GENERAL APPEARANCE
Large-sized dog with a stately manner and robust build. The dog has hanging ears, short hair, a square muzzle and hanging tail thick at the root.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT
The temperament is marked by patience, composure, boldness and courage.
HEAD
Cranial Region
Skull - broad.
Stop- rather abrupt.
Facial Region
Nose- large and black.
Muzzle - moderately long. Nasal bridge straight.
Jaws - upper and lower jaws strong.
Teeth - strong with a scissor bite.
Eyes - rather small, dark brown in colour with a dignified expression.
Ears - relatively small, rather thin, set high on the skull sides, hanging close to the cheeks.
NECK
Muscular, with a dewlap.
BODY
Withers - high.
Back - level and straight.
Loins - broad, muscular.
Croup - slightly arched at the top.
Chest - broad and deep, ribs moderately sprung.
Belly - well drawn up.
TAIL
Thick at the root, tapering towards the tip, reaching the hocks when let down.
LIMBS
Forequarters
Shoulder - moderately sloping.
Forearm - straight, moderately long and strong.
Pastern - slightly inclining and robust.
Hindquarters
Muscles very developed. Joints of stifle and hock moderately angulated, strong.
Feet
Tightly closed. Pads thick and elastic. Nails hard and preferably dark in colour.
GAIT
Robust and powerful.
COAT
Hair - short, hard and dense.
Colour - red, fawn, apricot, black, brindle. Slight white markings on chest and feet are permitted.
SIZE
Minimum height at withers for Dogs: 60 cm
Bitches: 55 cm.
FAULTS
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered as a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
Thin bone
Snipy muzzle
Slightly overshot or undershot bite.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS
Extremely overshot or undershot bite
Shyness.
NB Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum. Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

FCI 9/12/97  Gp2 (260) Exco 5/01
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24.05.2001