One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dog of a breed of mastiff originally kept for dogfighting.
- ‘The Japanese tosa, the dogo argentino and the fila braziliero, must be muzzled but are not found in the UK.’
- ‘All dogs are potentially dangerous, not just pit bulls and Japanese tosas.’
- ‘People who own American pit bulls, Japanese tosas, Brazilian filas, and dogo Argentinos will have to muzzle them while they are in public.’
- ‘We are also concerned that some may think that if a dog is not muzzled, if it is not a fila, a tosa, a dogo, or an American pit bull, less care is required around it.’
- ‘These include the Brazilian fila, the dogo Argentino, the Japanese tosa, and the American pit bull terrier.’
1940s: from Tosa, the name of a former province in Japan.
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