ESKK: Why are Tosa inu's banned in the UK?
There weren't even any in the country at the time of the ban.
That's pretty ridiculous if you ask me.
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Answer by hatsa
Story goes that the UK police tested them for police work. The tosa didnt go for the sleeve but for the face/neck.. If this was the reason it was even more ridiculous then other reasons hihi. I dont think any tosa ever hit UK soil prior to the ban!!! I know there are tosa in UK now,,,,all non registerd or under a boerboel pasport . A real Boerboel is way more dangerous to have around then a tosa!!
Answer by Tom Baxter
Well I have a Tosa and yes she is quite big (60kg) and yes she is dominant to other dogs especially alpha females but this does not mean she attacks them! I have 4 kids – lived on a farm in devon for 5 years with pigs, ducks, chickens, horses and have used her as a gun dog. They are are very confident dogs – very loving, and exceptionally tolerant with very soft mouths (ideal for retrieving birds). I have had a labrador previously and a german shepherd and the Tosa at least our one is more intelligent (not difficult with a lab admitedly!) than a shepherd and a touch more independent. It’s a dog like any other just a bit bigger and more cuddly – they are very trainable and I cannot recommend them enough – if you get the opportunity get one – the only caveat being you really need to socialise them well as obviously the males especially will be quite dominant to other dogs and so they need to either be brought up with other dogs or preferably lots of animals and people around them so that they know their place and are comfortable in their own skin as they are very strong indeed and unlike a lot of other large mastiffs have phenomal levels of endurance – my dog frequently joins me on 20 mile bike rides when the average speed is around 15mph (not fast!) and not many (if any) large breeds could do that – they also love the ocean and waves in particular – I have longboarded with her on the front and it is great fun for all involved.
Cats however are like any self respecting dog – a step too far and if she see one she’s off the same for wild boar and deer so you’ll have to be patient for them to return… Interestingly in the ring in Japan they get disqualified if they bark (so they are very quiet dogs and useless as guard dogs), they also get disqualified if they turn their back, and also can only use the mouth to pin the other dog down – it is completely different to pit fighting – just look at the pictures of the winning dogs from the tournaments where they have been in up to 7 rounds they frequently don’t show any injuries – due to the fact that the mouth is used to grip and then push – not to bite and tear – the dog gets disqualified for biting the other dog anywhere other than round the neck – it is much more like Sumo wrestling – it is a traversty they are banned in the UK they are considered excellent family dogs in Japan and in my experience they are a superb breed for an active family and very good around other animals and love people to a fault. Fortunately where I live now in france they are not banned…. Although she is london born and bred…
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