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History of Dogo Argentino

Christopher Columbus discovered the new world in 1492. In his second trip, with seventeen ships, the Spanish conquerors took in their ship, weapons, instruments, food and war dogs as well. These dogs, trained for fights, spread fear and horror among native people. In almost fifty years, the Europeans conquered the new world and divided it among them.

Dogo's History

Argentina was colonized in 1525 by Spain. The new landowners were followed by their Mastiffs. Their first task was to protect the new installations, and the second one, was to follow their owners in hunting. They were excellent in capturing fugitive slaves, as well as surprising native people.

The city of Cordoba was founded in 1573, where the old hunting dogs were taught by creators to carry through tasks. Cordoba became the big and muscular white dogs’ home (Cordovan Dog).

Argentina is a notable country with diversified geography. In the northwest there are extensive plains, covered by impenetrable prickly bush. In the northeast, the land is covered by humid tropical forests.

The mountainous chain is originated in the south,encircled by swamps. The colonization led farmers and ranchers, with their huge flocks, to the agricultural zone. Such flocks had been victimized by jaguars and cougars. In order to become the house more interesting, the European wild boar was brought. However, they spread in an alarming way and started to torment the farmers.

Dogo's History

Good dogs were demanded to hunt the predators and the wild pig. They would have to be physically big, in order to surpass the difficulties with hunting in that incredible country. Although the old Cordovan Dog had the ideal aggressiveness, willingness to kill and insensibility to the pain, they lacked in speed, agility and ability to hunt in big areas. On the other hand, the dogs imported from Europe had speed, agility and ability, but they lacked in courage and strength in the jaws. Moreover, the old wild dogs, whose were used in this type of task, were extinct in Europe.

Thus, there was only one dog capable for such hunting: the English Bull Terrier,who had almost all the desired characteristics.

It lacked in its size and resistance. Dr. Antonio Norez Martinez started in 1920 with the systematic raising of a unique breed: the Argentine Dog. Dr. Antonio, because of his passion for hunting and his knowledge in genetics, started a raising program, which objective was to obtain the ideal dog for predators of the Argentine territory. After his death in hunting, his brother Augustin Martinez continued the research, with crossbreeding of the old Cordovan Dog with the Bull Terrier. These breeds supplied the basis to the appearance of the Dogo Argentino. Systematic crossbreedings were succeeded: Great Dane, whose inheritance was strength, size and position. The English Pointer, for its olfaction; the Irish Wolfhound, used to develop size and speed; the Bulldog, to conserve the obstinacy for the prey.

The subsequent dogs were used to improve the breed: Dogue de Bordeaux, Spanish Mastiff, Great Pyrenees and Boxer.

Dogo's History

Argentines got with these crossbreedings to produce a white hunting dog, with about 24 - 26 inches (60 - 65 centimeters) tall and 77-88 pounds (35 - 40Kg). In this joint, the decisive factor to determine which breeds would be or not be used was the success in hunting.

In contrast with the "European colleagues", the Argentine hunter demanded a white dog. Man and animal, often hunted together. The white color protected it of an accidental shot. Argentine hunters also appreciated a quiet hunting dog, which did not waste energy or alerted its opponent with a high bark.

Regarding the white color, the white skin, as such, it is not an indicative of albinism, since the good pigmentation of the nose, skin and eyes is carefully produced.

We can notice the strong influence of the Bull Terrier from that time, because the same ones are still a pure white breed.

Dogo's History

Unfortunately in the plan of the first breed, Dr. Martinez concentrated an extraordinary male Bull Terrier, which transmitted its genes to almost all the subsequent species. This male brought the gene for deafness, which is still intrenched in the breed. In the white Bull Terrier, the crossbreeding with the not white Bull Terrier helped and reduced the problem of deafness to less than 1%. In the Dogo Argentino, which has been created only for the white, a considerably greater incidence must be waited in the puppies.

Would be worth to repeat this crossbreeding with the Dogo Argentino? Although frightful for the fans of white dogs, this could exempt the Dogo Argentino of this afflicts. Would be attractive a not white Dogo Argentino?

The not white Bull Terrier, although all the resistance, has been successful, benefiting the white dogs as well! According to the breed standard, recognized in 1949, all the types of color are forbidden, with exception of determined territorial areas. So, will there be anybody to break the handcuffs of the model?

With the Dogo Argentino, we are still dealing with a little younger breed; moreover, it comes from a country far from Europe. There are rumors that the breeding conditions, in distant Argentina, will be difficult to be improved, as it was previously argued in our trip to Naples.

Dogo's History

In the motherland of Argentina there is about 3.000 Dogos. The breeding centers, beyond Cordoba are: Buenos Aires, La Plata, Mendoza and São Luís. The Club of Creators of Argentina has about 500 members, and there are rival clubs, as well as some clubs that are not recognized by the International Federacy. The European center of creators of Dogo is in Germany, with about 140 dogs from all Europe. The well-known cynologist, Dr. Erich Schneider-Leyer, imported three Dogos from Germany in 1968. He concentrated lots of efforts in this breed. In 1972, the first hatch was produced in Germany. In the next ten years, there were only 62 puppies in a total of 13 hatches. There are few serious people in the spreading of this breed.

Argentina is far from success, besides facing problems with language. A number of dogs needs to be, urgently, imported; not preventer, an adequate analysis of the supplies must be carried through in the "motherland" so that the importations are planned. It is clear that the cost is raised. We are looking forward to a sponsor, who allows the systematic continuation of this breed, as well as in Germany.

Dogo's History

The Dogo Argentino is a very attractive dog. Its aesthetic is pleasant for the observers, and its ability to hunt is tested continuously in Argentina. In many of the Dogo’s creators’ farms there are tests with cougars and wild boars, in any one of them the young dog must prove to be enthusiastic to hunt. In this way, the test logically cannot be reconciled with our ideas on prevention to the cruelty for animals. This is also used, however, to test hunting dogs in the continent. We could mention a super test of dogs for performance in sports. I have seen movies showing the courage of any (types) of half-grown Dogos in tests with completely dangerous cougars.

This was certainly very sticking, from the interested hunters’ point of view. Of course, in Europe there aren’t jaguars or lions of the mountain to intimidate the flocks, and as a rule in the forest, wild boars are hunted with firearms; then, there’s little chance of using this dog to hunt there.

Dogo's History

The Dogo Argentino, however, is also used successfully with the policy and the army as a service dog. In the basis of its origins and anatomy, it would be successful in competitions. In Austria, the Dogo is becoming a great working dog. And when we examine the list of ancestral, we can see that this dog has very good peculiarities.

In the Dogo Argentino, we have a molossoid dog, a bit atypical one, but certainly a dog typically fighter (combatant). In lessons to teach any Dogo, this breeding is a true regression to the old hunting dog.

Experts agree that in Argentina the successful hunting of the jaguar, cougar and wild boar, would be impossible without the effective help of the Dogo Argentino. It is a combatant dog that so far carried through an indispensable service for the man in the modern times. The immense expansions and the impenetrable landscape demand a hunting company as this one.

Dogo's History

Concluding we consider a female (pattern) from Argentina in the beginning of 1970 that fascinated with its magnificent elegance and (magnificent) anatomy. The "jangue" of the Great Dane is unmistakable. For me this is a fantastic and pretty dog. In contrast, an originary importation from Austria in 80’s, this pattern shows strength and essence.

We are idealizing a familiar phenomenon where the breeding of young dogs needs time so that, a uniform type may be thought to conclude with success many generations of systematic breeding.

The creators and maniacs (fascinated people) of this pretty breeding of dogs still have much work to come.

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