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I must admit that when Vetta started her first class in basic obedience I had my reservations about her being around so many dogs of different ages, sizes and temperaments. To my delight and her credit, she was a star pupil. Of the ten awards that were given out by the local dog club, which puts on the class, she won four awards and I one.
We love animals and especially dogs. As such, we believe in giving them a good home and provide activities to satisfy their innate instincts. Too often people buy dogs based on their wants rather then their ability to provide the proper environment. The canine rescue centers and humane societies unfortunately inherit the results of these poor or selfish judgements. Is it not logical for a hunting dog to want to hunt or a guard dog to be protective? We must remember that dogs are a creation of man and each breed of dog was carefully bred to have the qualities and abilities to perform the tasks for which they were bred. For example, a hound would not do well in an environment were he could not hunt nor would a toy puddle do well hunting wild boar.
Because of the many admirable abilities of the Agentino Dogo we have grown to strongly respect the goals the Martinez brothers has established for the breed. Great care was taken in selecting a male to breed to female. As a result we now have our first litter of seven puppies which will be ready for new homes July 2010. They will have their priliminary shots and Registered with the Federacion Cinologica Argentina in Bueno Aires, Argentina.
The Argentina Dogo was developed in Argentina by Dr. Agustin Nores Martinez and his brother Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez. Both of the brothers were avid hunters felt the need to develop a breed of dogs that would be ideal for hunting large game, such as puma, jaguar and wild boar. They also wanted a dog that would have a gentle nature, be a good watch dog around the home and companion. They believed that the dog should be able to alert the family to strangers and have a willingness to fight to the death, if necessary, to protect its home. However, the dog needed intelligence to balance its ferociousness so that it could distinguise between friend and foe. To achieve their goals in developing this breed they started with the Cordoba Fighting Dog, now extinct, to give the Dogo its fighting spirit, the Mastiff gave power, the Bull Terrier gave determination, the Bulldog contributed strength and tenacity, English Pointer gave it a keen sense of smell, the Great Pyreneas gave the white coat, black nose and endurance so that it could be easily seen from afar while hunting, the Great Dane gave height, Irish Wolfhounds gave it a great sense for hunting wild game, and the Boxer contributed to its gentle nature needed for family living.
The Dogo Argentino is an intelligent and easily trained breed. They respond rapidly to a gentle but firm hand. A hard forceful handler will quickly find himself getting no where with these dogs. Don't forget that these dogs are highly intelligent and can use all of the tenacity and stubbornness that they have to resist this type of handling.
For example, at two months old Vetta was house trained. All I did was take her out to the area where she is permitted to relieve herself, left the outside door cracked at night and she would go and come back in on her own. We never had a need to use the old newspaper system.
Males - 23 1/2" to 27" at the withers
Females minimum height - 23 1/2"
Males80 lbs to 130 lbs
Females Generally are 10 lbs. lighter
satin smooth, short thick coat that is white in color (some registries allow a small amount of black on the coat). The nose must be mostly black.
This is not a hyperactive breed but young Dogo's are very inquisitive and like to investigates everything.
They are especially friendly towards children and friends of the family. However, they should be introduced
to other animals at an early age to deter any aggressiveness towards them. They are wary of strangers
and this trait is what makes them great guard dogs. Though they enjoy the outdoors, they equally love
being in the home close to family activity. So much so, that they will not be lying at your feet but on your
Average Life Expectancy: 11 - 12 years
Dogo's are known to excel as exceptional hunters, guard dogs, drug detection work, police work, search and rescue, tracking and therapy dogs, just to name a few.