Upbringing and Keeping of the Tosa Inu

Tosa can become very strong and often display dominant behavior. The dogs should therefore already attend a dog school when they are puppies. Contact with other dogs is particularly important.

With mutual respect, the Tosa is docile and docile. It is important that the dog accepts his master or mistress and that no serious leadership mistakes are made. A certain amount of experience in dealing with dogs and regular attendance at the dog school is recommended so that nothing stands in the way of a wonderful bond with the Tosa.

Tip: Passing a companion dog test is the ideal prerequisite for a successful character test. This is mandatory for listed dogs in Germany.

The Tosa does not want to be kept in a kennel but rather wants to be close to his family. Because he needs so much exercise, a house with a yard is the perfect living space for the big dog. Despite having a run, the Tosa needs additional exercise and is therefore happy to accompany you when you go for a walk, jog, or bike ride.

Because the Tosa is considered a fighting dog, it is considered a list dog in some states. A distinction is made between category 1 (breed listed as dangerous) and category 2 (dangerousness of the breed suspected). Belonging to category 2 can, however, be refuted by a personality test. In the case of listed dogs, there are also requirements for the owners, such as a certificate of good conduct and proof of the owner’s qualifications.

In these federal states, the Tosa counts as a list dog:

  • Bavaria;
  • Baden-Wuerttemberg;
  • Brandenburg;
  • Hamburg;
  • North Rhine-Westphalia;
  • Berlin.

Despite its peaceful and even-tempered nature, the Tosa is counted as a fighting dog. Therefore, some countries have entry restrictions or even ban entry altogether. These countries include Denmark, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, and France.

Since all countries have different rules and even differ within national borders, it is very important to inquire before each holiday with your four-legged family member.

Note: The requirements for list dogs vary depending on the federal state. You should therefore familiarize yourself with the regulations at your place of residence before purchasing a Tosa.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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