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Breeds

Breed Name: Argentine Dogo


History

Dated as far back as the 1900s, it is believed that two brothers, searching for the ultimate companion and working dog, are the ones responsible for creating this breed. By years of breeding the now extinct Dog of Cordoba, Great Dane, Irish Wolf Hound, Great Pyrenees, Boxer, Spanish Mastiff, Bull Dog and Bull Terrier, the final outcome was eventually the Argentine Dogo. This breed, like many others in this time era, was sufficed to dog fighting. Due to this unfortunate event in history, the breed developed a bad reputation. In reality, when with the proper owner, meeting all of their needs, this breed is highly driven to work, and be loyal. Very well with all poliece and military work, as well as being a loyal and courageous companion.

Appearance

Considered a large breed, the Argentine Dogo is an average of 25-27 inches in height for both males and females. They also carry a weight of generally 80-100 pounds for both males and females. This breed is available in an all white coat, while some in this breed develop a black spot on the top of their head, called a Pirata. Generally this breed is built lean and muscular, with very little body fat. When not cropped, their ears are large, triangular and folded down alongside of their face. Their large head is generally a rounded block in appearance and appears extremely strong. Their small round eyes are available in a light hazel to a dark brown. This breed has a very thick tail that is long and lays relaxed towards the ground when this breed is content. Their nose is generally very large and black in color.

Temperament

The Argentine Dogo is not for everyone. Please note the Argentine Dogo is known for being stubborn. This breed requires a sufficient amount of daily physical and mental exercise in order to be happy, healthy and calm indoors at night. This breed requires a persistent, patient and dog experienced owner. The owner needs to remain pack leader at all times. It is highly recommended that this breed is placed in early obedience classes, as well as agility or other classes throughout his or her life, to maintain health and happiness, physically and mentally for your dogs well being. Early and often socialization is required for this breed. Please do not expect your dog to get along with all other pets and dogs at all times, as this is an impossible expectation, In general when all needs are met, this breed is extremely hard working, intelligent and loyal. This breed excels with all poliece and military work.

Grooming

This breed has a single layer, short hair coat. This breed does shed. Daily brushing and bathing when needed will help cut back on shedding.

Special Notes

This breed is not for everyone. Please fully educate yourself about this breed prior to adding one to your family. A warning sign comes with this breed because we want to make sure every dog ends up in their proper forever home, with the right owner. Do not add this breed to your home unless you are able to provide life long physical and financial care to your new family member. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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