Great Dane of Argentina
Dogo Argentino belongs to the class of service dogs. The main purpose of the dog is hunting for big game (wild boar, puma, jaguar, etc.). Most often, a whole pack of dogs and representatives of other breeds participate in hunting, but it should be noted that the “Argentinean” is very hardy and strong, he can chase after prey for a long time and always comes out victorious in the fight.
As for appearance, the dog is more than good here. He has an athletically built body with well-developed muscles. This is a fairly large dog with a large skull. She has a strong and strong neck and powerful jaw. The coat is short and shiny, exceptionally white.
History of breed origin
Dogo Argentino This breed has a very interesting history of origin. In the 16th century, mastiffs were introduced into Argentina. Then began their gradual “transformation” into the Argentine mastiff of a modern look. But a great contribution to this development was made by the famous Argentine professor and dog breeder Antonio Nores Martinez. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, dog fights were popular. The most common “participants” of which were white Spanish mastiffs, they were also called the white fighting dog of Cordoba. Martinez did not like dog fights, but he drew attention to this brave and strong white dog. He decided to create a breed whose range of qualities and characteristics would be so wide that it could be used for hunting big game, for protecting property as a guide, and as a reliable and loyal friend and companion.
Martinez long and carefully selected suitable candidates for crossbreeding. And in the end, dogs like Cordoba, Bulldog, German Boxer, Bull Terrier, Dogue de Bordeaux, Irish Wolfhound and, of course, a large white Pyrenean dog participated in the formation of the breed. The formation was completed only in 1947, when the first standard for the breed was introduced. And in 1964, the breed was internationally recognized. And, it is worth mentioning once again that at the moment, the Dogo of Argentina is the only recognized breed from Argentina.
This dog has become a symbol of Argentina. And not in vain: because her qualities exceeded all expectations. A brave hunter with a flexible temperament, a brave defender and a brave guard, an excellent companion and faithful irreplaceable friend, as well as a service guide dog – all this combines in such a large and seemingly formidable, Argentine dog.
Dogo Argentina character
Dogo Argentina “Killing Machine” or “killer dog” – this is perhaps the most common description of the dogo Argentina. The impressive size, athletic body, formidable appearance and powerful jaws make you think 10 times before approaching this dog. But only those who have never talked with an “Argentinean” and have not even been acquainted with him can say so. But those people who became the happy owners of the Argentine Great Dane, or at least managed to get to know him a little, call him the “affectionate and gentle beast”.
Appearance is sometimes deceiving, so if you decide that the Argentine dog must have a tough and aggressive character, then you are deeply mistaken. Stiffness and aggression, of course, may be present, but nevertheless such qualities as friendliness and cheerfulness prevail. Most reviews of this dog are exceptionally positive. And only those owners who themselves made mistakes in education and training leave negative reviews.
Dogo ArgentinaThe character of the “Argentinean” is a harmonious combination of courage, hunting instinct, immense love for people and other outstanding qualities. There is an opinion that the dogo of Argentina is a fighting dog. He really has excellent physical data that would allow him to participate in battles with other dogs and he would come out of them as a winner, but he is very smart and able to assess the situation. Therefore, thoughtlessly “biting” with other dogs “Argentinean” simply will not. He is easy to learn, the first time he remembers all the teams, he has a well-developed sense of smell. Because of this, I often use them as service dogs in the police or in search and rescue operations.
As for the attitude of the “Argentinean” towards children, his friendliness and love for people also prevail. Only on one condition – young children should treat the dog as well as he treats them. Often you can observe a reverent and tender relationship between all members of the family and the dog.
The only small minus that is in the character of the “Argentinean” is his innate sense of dominance. It will be very difficult for him to coexist in the same house with other dogs or cats, for example. Most often, he shows aggression only to dogs. Therefore, to avoid unpleasant situations on a walk, you need to walk your Argentinean pet on a leash.