Standard of the breed Tosa Inu

Orginal name of the breed: TOSA
Other names: Tosa Inu, Tosa Ken, Tosa Tôken, Tosa Touken, Japanski mastif, Sumo Inu, Nihon Inu
Land of origin: Japan, Kochi (Tosa)
FCI: No.260
Group: 2 Pincher and Schnauzer, Molossoid breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs
Section: 2.1 Molossoid breeds (Mastiff type)
Utilization: Formerly fighting dog, nowdays watchdog
Height: min.60,5 cm/min.54,5 cm
Weight: Not specified/td>
Life span: 10-12 years
Organization: FCI, UKC, AKC(FSS)
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.
Head: Broad and rather abrupt. Nose is large and black. Muzzle moderately long, nosal bridgestraight. Both jaws (upper and lower) are strong. Teeth are strong with 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
Trup: Withers high, back level and straight. Loins are broad and muscular. Croup is slightly arched at the top. Chest are broad and deep, with moderately sprung ribs.
Tail: Thick at the root, tapering towards the tip, reaching the hocks when let down
Legs: Shoulders are moderately sloping, with straight, moderately long and strong forearm. Pastern is slightly inclining and robust. Muscles are very developed. Joints of stifle and hock moderately angulated and strong.
Feet: Tightly closed. Pads thick and elastic. Nails hard and preferably dark in colour
Gait: Robust and powerful
Hair: Short, hard and dense.
Colour: Red, fawn, apricot, black, brindle. Slight white markings on chest and feet are permitted
Heavy flaws: Thin bone. Snipy muzzle. Slightly overshot or undershot bite
Minor flaws: 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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Disqualifying faults: Aggresive or overly shy. Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified. Extremely overshot or undershot bite. Shyness
N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum. Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding

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