Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Tosa

Compare the Anatolian Shepherd Dog to the Tosa. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Anatolian Shepherd Dogs and Tosas.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Anatolian Shepherd Dog and Tosa are okay choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Tosa and Anatolian Shepherd Dog are child friendly, but the Tosa is a better choice for young children.
  • Grooming - Both the Anatolian Shepherd Dog and Tosa are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Anatolian Shepherd Dog and Tosa are average barkers.
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Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Tosa
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
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Breed NameAnatolian Shepherd DogTosa
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan11-13 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height26-30 in.20-24 in.
Weight80-150 lb90-170 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryTurkeyJapan
Origin Year4000 BC1868 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessBelow AverageGood
Family FriendlyGoodGood
Kid FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyPoorPoor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Protective
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 70°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumLow-Medium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed22 mph28 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingHighLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountMediumMedium

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameAnatolian Shepherd DogTosa
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesYes
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageHigh
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageBelow Average
FightingAverageHigh
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingHighAverage
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionHighAverage
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingAverageBelow Average
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameAnatolian Shepherd DogTosa
Lifespan
Lifespan11-13 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAnatolian Shepherd DogTosa
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesYes
StraightYesNo
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Blue FawnYesNo
BrindleYesYes
FawnYesYes
Fawn&whiteYesNo
GrayYesNo
LiverYesNo
Red FawnYesNo
WhiteYesNo
ApricotNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
RedNoYes