Japanese Tosa Inu is a breed of Japanese fighting dogs that are very rare today. These dogs are described as massive, stately and amazing. They are large dogs that grow up to sizes of nearly 200 pounds, and are commonly used to guard the home and family. The dogs are known for their even and stable temperaments that allow them to place their family above everything else. Tosa puppies can be hard to find, as this is a rare dog breed; however, there are several Tosa Inu breeders in the USA and around the world that you can contact. Just be prepared that these dogs may not be cheap to purchase, as the Tosa Inu price can reach upwards of $2,000 USD.
Where can I find Tosa Inu Breeders?
If you are looking for a reputable Tosa Inu breeder, you can try contacting one of the following kennels:
- >Southeast Tosa: This kennel is located in the Southern USA and they breed Tosa Ken dogs. Their breeding males and females were imported from Japan, and are some of the best quality Tosas in America. To see if they have any puppies or to contact them with questions, find their website at http://www.southeasttosa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1&Itemid=1.
- Tosa House: You will find Tosa House in Ontario, Canada. Every puppy produced here is OFA and OVC certified, and from excellent breeding stock! These breeders consider themselves “hobby breeders”, rather than a kennel because each of their dogs and puppies are raised inside the home, in a family setting. For more information see their website at http://www.tosahouse.com
- Pride Rock Tosa Kennel: Pride Rock is one of few Tosa Inu breeders in the USA, and has been in operation since 2006. Corey Vitatoe is the owner and he “prides” himself in creating top-notch Tosas that can be trained for personal protection, the show ring or the life of a family dog. To contact him, see his website at http://priderocktosa.com/page1.php.
If you are not ready for the responsibility of training a puppy, you can always adopt an older Tosa Inu. The best thing to do if this is what you want is try to locate a Tosa Inu rescue near you. If you cannot find a breed-specific rescue, there are others that deal in giant dog breeds such as the Gentle Giants Rescue; you can find more information about them at http://www.gentlegiantsrescue.com/tosa_inu.htm.
In the end, a Japanese Tosa Inu is a great dog, and an even better family protector. If you are looking for a molossar breed who also makes a great addition to the family, then a Tosa Inu is the dog for you!