Boerboel vs Tosa

Compare the Boerboel to the Tosa. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Boerboels and Tosas.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Tosa is an okay choice for new owners, but the Boerboel is strongly discouraged for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Boerboel is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both the Boerboel and Tosa are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Boerboel and Tosa are average barkers.
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Boerboel vs Tosa
Red Boerboel
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Breed NameBoerboelTosa
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan8-10 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height24-28 in.20-24 in.
Weight110-180 lb90-170 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountrySouth AfricaJapan
Origin Year1652 AD1868 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessBelow AverageGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodGood
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyPoorPoor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹45°F to 80°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMedium-HighLow-Medium
Exercise RequiredMedium-HighMedium
Top Running Speed18 mph28 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingMediumLow
DanderMediumLow
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 NameBoerboelTosa
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionHighHigh
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingHighHigh
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingVery LowAverage
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionHighAverage
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBoerboelTosa
Lifespan
Lifespan8-10 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
BloatNoYes
EpilepsyYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Joint DysplasiaYesNo
Vaginal HyperplasiaYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBoerboelTosa
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BrindleYesYes
BrownYesNo
CreamYesNo
RedYesYes
Reddish BrownYesNo
TawnyYesNo
ApricotNoYes
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
FawnNoYes