The Tosa or Japanese Mastiff is a rare breed in the United States and has actually been banned in many European countries because of their history as being a vicious breed. Even though this breed has a reputation, similar to that of the Pit Bull, there are still people who have fallen in love with their noble looks and protective natures. The Tosa should have a name that honors their Japanese heritage and is fun for their owners. When adding a new Tosa puppy to your home, research the breed and the names of the puppy’s ancestors. You may actually find a name that you like in their family tree!
Tosa Dog Names in Pop Culture
Being a rare breed within the United States, you do not hear as much about the Tosa. However, the breed was put in the spotlight in the United Kingdom when a Tosa named Chewie was impounded for attacking a neighbor’s dog. Chewie was confiscated after a neighbor filed a report with the police stating that the Tosa grabbed her 12 year old Terrier named Ella, and killed her by biting her. In 1991 the U.K. enacted the Dangerous Dogs Act and the Tosa was included in that law. Chewie’s owner, Anthony Matacchieri was found guilty of owning a breed that has been deemed illegal in the U.K. and was given a 12 month community order and ordered to pay fines and kennel costs as well as performing 100 hours of community service. Matacchieri was allowed to keep Chewie after an investigation was conducted and no evidence of a dog attack could be found. Ella’s body was examined and investigators found that the Terrier had been shaken to death instead of bitten as the neighbor claimed. The exact cause of Ella’s death with inconclusive and Chewie was cleared of the charge. An animal behaviorist was brought in to evaluate Chewie’s temperament and Chewie was found to have a very good nature with no signs of aggression. Matacchieri claimed that Chewie was a family member and played daily with his small children. Chewie was impounded for 274 days while the court proceedings were going on and before Matacchieri was able to bring Chewie home he had to pay fees to compensate the police for boarding Chewie. Chewie was then released on a contingent destruction order. This meant that Chewie had to be kept muzzled and on leash when in public. He also had to be microchipped and neutered. If Matacchieri fails to comply with any of these conditions, Chewie can be confiscated again and destroyed.
In the United States, there were four Tosa dogs that made the news when they were rescued from a South Korean meat farm and imported in the U.S. to the Benton-Franklin Humane Society. Their names are No Pho, Veggie Dawg, Notta Burger and Princess Tofutti. There were a total of 103 dogs rescued and brought to the U.S. The Tosas ranged in age from about 9 months to 2 years. Because these four dogs have not been well socialized, the Humane Society will thoroughly evaluate their temperament and trainability before offering them for adoption. Some of the larger dogs rescued from meat farms are actually only released to rescue groups for rehabilitation before they can be adopted by the general public.
Tosa Dog Name Considerations
The Tosa is a Japanese breed that has been used as a fighting dog and can be an aggressive breed. When purchasing a Tosa for your family plan to do your research and understand how to train them. The easiest part of adding a Tosa to your home is finding the right name for them. Japanese names are like Korean or Chinese names and have the family name first, followed by the first name. Luckily, most dogs do not have last names and you do not have to worry about giving them a proper Japanese name with the last name first and the first name last! However, there are plenty of interesting, fun and easy to pronounce names with Japanese origins to choose. If you are not sure how to pronounce a name, then you can bet that other people will also have trouble pronouncing the name. This is probably not the best name to pick. Ask your family members for ideas and see if there is a name that everyone likes. Research famous Japanese people and you might find a name that is easy and interesting. Take your time and find a name that fits your new Tosa puppy.