The English Setter Tosa Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the English Setter and the Tosa. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The English Setter is known for being strong willed, affectionate, and energetic. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the English Setter or the Tosa? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful English Setter Tosa Mix.
While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their English Setter Tosa Mix puppy. That is, if they have any English Setter Tosa Mix puppies for sale.
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All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
English Setter History
Setters are a common type of hunting dog. There are depictions and history of them in England as long as 400 years ago. They were more than likely a cross of various types of hunting dogs, including pointers and spaniels. Two fellas named Edward Laverack and Welshman R.L. Purcell Llewellin are credited with breeding the modern English Setter in the 19th century. These guys were Englishmen. They crossed Gordon Setters with Pointer and Irish Setters among other breeds to get the English Setter. The English Setter is a great hunting companion as well as family dog. They are very high energy with a strong scent and speed.
The Tosa has many nicknames. It is sometimes called the Tosa Inu, Tosa Ken, Tosa Token, Japanese Fighting Dog, Japanese Mastiff, Tosa Fighting Dog, among others. They don’t seem to be a very old breed, originating in the second half of the 19th century. They are a cross between the Great Dane, Bull Terrier, Saint Bernard, English Mastiff, Shikoku-Inu, among others. The goal was to breed a larger, sturdier, and all around more powerful dog. They vary considerably in size, the larger ones seemed to have been bred outside of Japan. This is a very powerful and pretty breed of dog.
Height: 24 - 27 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 65 - 80 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 12 years
Height: 24 - 31 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 80 - 130 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 12 years
The English Setter and the Tosa are known for being courageous and protective. They are also very loving dogs. This dog will require a very strong and firm owner who makes sure to assert that they are the alpha and not the dog. They are cautious, yet non-threatening with strangers, and are affectionate towards family and children. Early socialization helps take care of any bad habits that could develop. She responds well to positive reinforcement, like all dogs. She should be rather affectionate and enjoy spending lots of time with you. Don’t plan on leaving her alone for long periods as he won’t do well alone. She wants to be with the “pack.”
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The English Setter mixed with the Tosa might be prone to joint dysplasia, deafness, hypohyroidism, among others.
Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.
What are the grooming requirements?
Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.
What are the exercise requirements?
Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."