Tosa vs Bandog

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Tosa and Bandog are okay choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Tosa and Bandog are child friendly, but the Tosa is a better choice for young children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Tosa is easier to groom.
  • Barking - The Tosa has an average tendency to bark. The Bandog will bark less frequently than most dogs.
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Breed NameTosaBandog
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNot Specified
Lifespan10-12 yrs.8-10 yrs.
Height20-24 in.20-30 in.
Weight90-170 lb75-125 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryJapanUK (England)
Origin Year1868 AD1550 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodBelow Average
Family FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Kid FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Stranger FriendlyPoorPoor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F60°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLow-MediumHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumHigh
Top Running Speed28 mph20 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLowLow-Medium
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountMediumHigh

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 NameTosaBandog
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionHighHigh
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingHighHigh
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingAverageAverage
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionAverageHigh
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageAverage
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameTosaBandog
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.8-10 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatYesYes
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Skin InfectionsNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameTosaBandog
Coat
FurYesYes
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Smooth CoatYesYes
Single CoatNoYes
Wire CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesYes
SilkyNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
ApricotYesNo
BlackYesYes
Black & TanYesNo
BrindleYesYes
FawnYesYes
RedYesYes
BlueNoYes
GrayNoYes
WhiteNoYes
YellowNoYes