Dogo Argentino

Dogo Argentino
Dogo Argentino

The Dogo Argentino is a large, white, muscular dog breed crossbred in Argentina for hunting large game, including wild boar.The breeder, Antonio Nores Martínez wanted a dog that would display determined courage and willfully protect his human companion. It was first crossed from the Cordoba Dog in 1928 with a wide variety of other breeds, including the Great Dane.

In 1928, Antonio Nores Martinez, a medical doctor, professor, and surgeon, began crossbreeding a large hunting dog that could also be a loyal pet and guard dog. Antonio Martinez chose the Cordoba Dog as the basis of the breed. This breed is extinct, but it is a large and wild dog and is said to be a great hunter. Martinez this type; He crossed the Great Dane with Boxer, Spanish Mastiff, Old English Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Pyrenean Mastiff, English Pointer, Irish Wolfhound and Dogue de Bordeaux. Nores Martinez continued to develop the breed through artificial selection to introduce desirable traits.

Dogo Argentino Breeds used in crossbreeding

  1. The Cordoba fighting dog was used in hunting because it was a strong and agile dog in Argentina of the time. It is the basic breed of crossbreeding.
  2. The Irish Wolfhound inherited hunting instincts and speed to our new breed.
  3. The English pointer was the most common terrestrial hunting dog in Europe at that time. He transferred his sense of smell to Dogo Argentino. This is why Dogos have a better sense of smell than similar molossoid breeds.
  4. The bulldog’s solid grounding, strong and bold character enabled him to take part in this crossbreeding study.
  5. The Bull Terrier is the only terrier breed dog in this crossbreeding study. What they add to Dogo is stubbornness and fearlessness.
  6. Because of its size, the Great Dane is a breed used by hunters for big hunts before the Dogos. With its size and generally balanced appearance, it has become a part of the Dogo race.
  7. The Dogue de Bourdeux was one of the dog breeds with the strongest jaws in the world. Added jaw strength to Dogo Argentino.
  8. The Pyrenean Mountain Dog gave its bright white coat color to Dogo Argentio so that it could be noticed by the hunter in the Argentine hunting grounds.
  9. The boxer, on the other hand, was used to strengthen the dog mentally, not physically. Its vitality and devotion to its owner enabled it to take part in this crossbreeding.

Although it is said in some sources that the Spanish Mastiff is also in this crossing, it is probably wrong. The Cordoba Fighting Dog was already a hybrid breed resulting from the crossing of the Spanish Mastiff with domestic dogs.

First of all, it is a hunting breed. It is not very suitable to be a pet. Since it is a cross-breed race, it contains some genetic defects.[5] Due to the lack of melanin pigment, approximately 20% of these dogs experience hearing problems.[6] It is not a breed suitable for very hot and very cold climates. Since it is a very strong breed, it should be fed by a strong character and physically strong owner. Since it is short-haired, it does not require a lot of hair care. His skin is sensitive. May be allergic to chicken and similar foods. He’s good with people. When he reaches adulthood, he is not very friendly towards dogs and other animals. It was used in dog fights and is still used because it is a strong and does not give up quickly.

Dogo Argentino; Cayman Islands, Denmark,Norway, Fiji, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey and Ukraine is banned or has ownership restrictions in certain countries. In the UK it is illegal to own a Dogo Argentino without legal authorization under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.


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