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Name Boerboel Cane Corso Tosa Ken
OriginsSouth Africa flagSouth Africa Italy flagItaly Japan flagJapan
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Guard Dogs
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
South African Mastiff
South African Boerboel
Cane Di Macellaio
Cane Corz
Japanese Fighting Dog
Japanese Mastiff
Japanese Tosa
Tosa Fighting Dog
Tosa Ken
Tosa Tōken
Tosa Inu
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Cross Breed

Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken? Which is more expensive?
$1500-$2000 $1500-$2000 $600-$1000
Availability
Which is easier to get, Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken?
Frequent: The Boerboel is easier than average to get.
Very frequent: The Cane Corso is quite easy to get.
Average: The Tosa Ken is a commonly available dog breed.

Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken? Which is the smallest dog, Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken?
Large
Giant
Large Large
Giant
Weight
Which is heavier, Boerboel or Cane Corso or Cane Corso? Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken weight comparison:
154-200 pounds (70-90 kg) Male: 99-110 pounds (45-50 kg), Female: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg) Male: 88-176 lbs (40-80 kg), Female: 84-120 lbs (38-54 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
177 pounds (80 kg) Male: 104.5 pounds (47.5 kg), Female: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg) Male: 132 pounds (60 kg), Female: 102 pounds (46 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken? Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken height comparison:
Male: 25-28 inches (64-70 cm), Female: 23-25.5 inches (59-65 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (64-68 cm), Female: 23-25 inches (60-64 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (55-62 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (54-60 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 26.5 inches (67 cm), Female: 23-25.5 inches (62 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (66 cm), Female: 24 inches (62 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm)

Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken coat comparison:
Dense
Shiny
Smooth
Dense Dense
Hard
Colors
What are the original Boerboel, Cane Corso and Tosa Ken color?
Brindle
Cream
Reddish
Brown
Red
Tawny
Chestnut
Brindle
Gray
Red
Fawn
Black
Black
Brindle
Brown
Fawn
Yellow
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken? Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken grooming comparison:
Effortless: The Boerboel requires minimal grooming.
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Effortless: The Cane Corso requires minimal grooming.
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Effortless: The Tosa Ken requires minimal grooming.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken? Boerboel or Cane Corso or {name3 shedding:
Boerboels shed moderately.
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Cane Corsos shed moderately.
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Tosa Kens shed moderately.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup.
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4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup.
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4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup.
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Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken? Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken behavior/temperament comparison:
Confident
Intelligent
Territorial
Dominant
Obedient
Cheerful
Loyal
Social
Courageous
Quiet
Aggressive
Fearless
Sensitive
Brave
Intelligent
Suspicious
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken intelligence:
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Smart: Cane Corso's has great intelligence.
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Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Trainability
Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken trainability comparison.
Boerboels are quite easy to train.
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Cane Corsos are easy to train.
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A slightly harder to train than average.
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Playfulness
Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken playfulness comparison:
Average: Boerboels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Average: Cane Corsos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Average: Tosa Kens, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
Boerboels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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Cane Corsos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken?
Average: Boerboels are average dogs regarding their affection level.
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Average: Cane Corsos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
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Average: Tosa Kens are average dogs regarding their affection level.
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Social Needs
Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken social needs comparison:
Boerboels need for social interaction is average.
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Cane Corsos are a social breed.
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Tosa Kens are a social breed.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken?
Low to Average: The Boerboel rarely barks.
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Low: The Cane Corso barks none to minimal.
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Low to Average: The Tosa Ken rarely barks.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken?
Boerboels are one of the best watchdogs.
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Cane Corsos are one of the best watchdogs.
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Tosa Kens are one of the best watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Boerboels are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Cane Corsos are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Tosa Kens are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Boerboel has a low chance of biting somebody.

Moderate

The Cane Corso has an average chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Tosa Ken has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken?

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Boerboel bite force: The Strongest.

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Cane Corso bite force: The Strongest.

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Tosa Ken bite force: The Strongest.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken mouthiness comparison:
Boerboels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Cane Corsos have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Tosa Kens have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
The wanderlust potential of the Boerboel is strong enough to escape from home.
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Cane Corsos tend to escape less than other breeds.
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The wanderlust potential of the Tosa Ken is strong enough to escape from home.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Boerboels have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
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Cane Corsos have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
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Tosa Kens have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken?
It is not recommended to keep the Boerboel breed in the home.
It is not recommended to keep the Cane Corso breed in the home.
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Tosa Ken breed.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Average: Boerboels adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Cane Corsos don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tosa Kens don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Cane Corsos do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Tosa Kens do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken? Which dog is more friendly?
Boerboels are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are not stranger friendly dogs.
Tosa Kens are not stranger friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Boerboels usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Cane Corsos do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Tosa Kens usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken?
Boerboels are kid-friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Tosa Kens are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken?
Boerboels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are not cat-friendly dogs.
Tosa Kens are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken?
Boerboels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Tosa Kens are not dog-friendly.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken?
Yes
Boerboels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Cane Corsos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Tosa Kens are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Boerboel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Cane Corso is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Tosa Ken is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Boerboels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cane Corsos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Tosa Kens are commonly okay with elderly people.

Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken Health Comparison

Health Issues
Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken health comparison. Which is the healthier: Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken?
Boerboels tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
Cane Corsos are commonly healthy dogs.
Tosa Kens tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken health problems comparison:
Allergies
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Joint Dysplasia
Vaginal Hyperplasia
Arthritis
Bloat
Cherry Eye
Demodectic Mange
Ectropion
Entropion
Hip Dysplasia
Bloat
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Frequent
The Boerboel should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year.
Rare
The Cane Corso should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Frequent
The Tosa Ken should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year.
Life Expectancy
Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken lifespan comparison. How long do Boerboel, Cane Corso and Tosa Ken breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Boerboel: 11 years
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Cane Corso: 11 years
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Tosa Ken: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken? Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken energy level comparison:
Boerboels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Cane Corsos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Tosa Kens have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Boerboels need quite a lot of exercise.
Cane Corsos have an average exercise need.
Tosa Kens exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken?
Boerboels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Cane Corsos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Tosa Kens like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken?
8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals Recommended daily amount: If you are feeding a high-quality dry food, your Corso will probably eat 4 to 5 cups a day. 4 to 7 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken weight gain potential comparison:
Average: The Boerboel has an average risk for obesity.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Cane Corso's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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High: The Tosa Ken breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken?

Medium

The Boerboel has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Cane Corso has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Tosa Ken has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Boerboel drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
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The Cane Corso drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
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The Tosa Ken is an average drooler.
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Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Boerboel or Cane Corso or Tosa Ken? Which is better for autism?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken?

Not really

Boerboel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Cane Corso breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Tosa Ken breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a cart pulling or drafting dog?

Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military Dog

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Boerboel and Cane Corso and Tosa Ken have?
7-10 puppies 4-6 puppies 6-8 puppies

Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Tosa Ken Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
National Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
Foundation Stock Service

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