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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Argentine Dogo

You don't want to tango with any Argentine Dogos: these dogs are tough! The Argentine Dogo breed (also called the Dogo Argentino) is a mixture of many breeds that were selected for their particular traits. What resulted was a large dog that can take on any predator when hunting.

The Argentine Dogo's Behavior

Source: Wikipedia, Dogo Argentino Club of America

Recommended for: pet, working dog

The Argentine Dogo dog breed is a relatively young breed.They are tough and brave, possessing great stamina. They are meant to be the most docile of hunting dogs yet they are reputed to possess an aggressive temperament, one of the traits that was sought for by its breeders. They are dangerous when irritable and are thus not suited to be with children. This has led to the banning of Argentine Dogos in some countries.

Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.

The Argentine Dogo's Physical Characteristics

Here are some of the characteristics of the Argentine Dogo breed as determined by the Dogo Argentino Club of America's published breed standard.

* Size: 23 1/2 - 27 1/2 inches
* Color: white
* Eyes: brown, set well apart
* Ears: massive, convex front to back
* Muzzle: concave upwards
* Nose: black, full nostrils
* Tail: long, thick, carried low

The Argentine Dogo's Origins and History

Source: Wikipedia

Country/Region of Origin: Argentina

Original purpose: hunting

Name: also known as Argentinian Mastiff, Dogo Argentino

Historical notes: Argentine Dogo dogs were first bred in the 1920's by Antonio Nores Martinez from the now-extinct Cordoba Fighting Dogs, which is believed to be descended from the Spanish Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Old English Bulldog, and Boxer breeds. The Cordoba Fighting Dog (CDF) was then crossed the Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Pointer, Irish Wolfhound, and Dogue de Bordeaux as well as the ancestors of the CDF. The process continued until the desired traits were achieved, traits that could make the new breed capable of not only watching over home and herd but also take on wild boar, jaguars, and other big games. They are also versatile dogs and serve many functions such as being scent and sight dogs.

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