Sunday, February 22, 2009

In Honor of the Dogo Argentino

There’s many dogs out there but the Dogo Argentino is something else.
Only those that own such a magnificent animal know what I mean.
There’s lots of information on the web, and I don’t want to bore everyone with detail.
I’ll just say that the Dogo Argentino was Dr. Antonio Nores Martínez creation.
Dr. Norez spent his entire life mixing different dog races and breeding them combining them for their individual genetic characteristics.
He was looking to create the perfect hunting dog for the Argentine game ( boar and cougar). But not only that, he wanted a guardian dog and a loyal friend that could single handedly defeat a cougar or boar ( which is quite capable of) and in the afternoon spend the time playing with the kids and never worry about it.

Its safe to say that doctor Nores not only fulfilled, but exceeded his expectations. Probably because he was driven not by money or grandeur delusions, but by true loved for his creation.

The Dogo Argentino is still an animal that requires a loving but firm master. If any of those conditions aren’t met, then owning a Dogo Argentino can become a risky business because it certainly is a spectacular fighting dog.

Dogos Argentinos can be found in many places around the world, including USA of course. Mostly owned by informed people, in particular people that use them to hunt boar which is the main purpose for his existence and what he enjoys doing the most.

If you think I’m biased in my opinion I sure am. I’ve owned many great companions, but the Dogo Argentino is something else. Even when just a puppy barely weeks old, it’s courage, bravery and loyalty are something than you can’t avoid noticing.

I was looking for a website I found some time ago about Dogos Argentino that saved their owners during robberies. Many of them spectacular, where the dog got shot several times and still managed to send the attackers running away.
I can’t seem to find it but I did find several stories and there’s one in particular I’d like to share with you.

The Story of “Caudillo”

Caudillo was a prize winning Dogo Argentino that passed away in
April 27, 2003 , protecting his master, Martín Parapar.

Caudillo won several competitions, was N1 Dogo Argentino in the country and was close to winning best dog of all races.

That day, Martín was about to get out of his Peugeot Partner when a car with 4 persons stopped in front of him.
Two got out and one of them goes into the car to the passenger seat and tells him to get out.
All he asks of them is to let him get the dog out, which was locked in the back of the truck in a transportation box.
They pushed him out of the car and he ran to the back side, opening the back door and pulling the box out before they took off with the car.
As he pulls the door of the box, the car starts moving, and combined with the weight of the dog the door brakes and opens.
One of the bad guys up front turns to shoot Martin, and Martin shouts “Caudillo, come!”. But the dog didn’t obey him ( something unusual given the amount of prizes he had won). Instead he turns and attacks the man, and gets shot, the round intended for Martin.

Martin runs after the car but is left behind because of the speed.
As he runs towards it he hears several shots, until the car gets up to the sidewalk and crashes against a tree, a block and a half away.

The one in the passenger’s seat get out and gets into the backup car.
The two other men get out and pick the driver, that had been attacked in the neck by Caudillo.
This man was later hospitalized but didn’t survive.
Caudillo gets out of the Peugeot through the back door, still opened, and chases the bad guys, but after a few yards he can’t take it no more and drops. He had been hit with 7 .45 slugs:
3 in the ribs. 1 in the chest. 3 in the throat and nose.
They take off and by the time Martin reaches Caudillo its already too late.
They later found two 45, one was still full, unfired, the other one was empty.
The one that was still full belonged to the driver, the one Caudillo went after.
Caudillo was 22 months old, weighted 57,9kg the day he passed away and became a hero.

This website is dedicated to him.

Just wanted to share this with you.
As I said before, there’s many stories like this one were the Dogo Argentino defends his master. All of the stores I heard of are of untrained dogs, just dogs loved by their masters that react the way they do.
“Junacito” is another Dogo Argentino that defended hi master in Cordoba, Argentina. Caught two 45 rounds but is doing just fine.



Don Williams said...

I heard of the Dogo Argentino years ago. Impressive dog.

But what do you feed them in an economic collapse, when food is scarce? Stray burglars?

Paris Hilton's chihuahua would not eat as much and could also bark to give warning. Although the chihuahua probably wouldn't tear a man't throat out.

Unless you tried to take it's diamond-studded collar.

Anonymous said...

How do you defeat such a dog, if he attacks you?

FerFAL said...

Not easy.
In all cases I've hear it requires lots of shots.
Pain alone wont do it and the dog wont get scared.
Either a brain of spine shot, or blood loss.
The Dogo is insensitive to pain. I've seen several times how after killing a boar the Dogo has his guts spilled.
The master would just push the guts inside , and stich him up.
The animla didn't make a sound.

Is it attacks you and you shoot, you'll need a lot of phisical strenght to keep him away until he dies.

Don, with a set up perimeter I thinks it's wise to have at least a couple security dogs. You can give them scraps for added protein and then oridnary dog food, not too expensive. Of course you can get fooled into buying the most expesnive dog food and you'll spend a fortune. Done that and 'm not doing that mistake again. Ordinary dog food and some scraps is good enough, and cheap.


Anonymous said...

What I meant was, how do you defeat the dog with your bar hands (or a knife)?
Sure, with a gun, it is "easy".

Don Williams said...

Re Anon's question "how do you defeat the dog with your bar hands (or a knife)?"

That's easy. First you fake the dog out by allowing it to take a big powerful bite out of your genitalia. Then, once it is distracted, you stab or strangle it.

bailingout said...

A good tactic against wild animals is to use pepper spray. Once the beast is blinded you can escape or kill it with any convenient weapon. If no pepper spray gouge out its eyes using all the strength you can muster. Let the dog latch onto your lower arm (close to the elbow) and spray or gouge. Dog tacos anyone?

Shambhala said...


NOW we're talking!

Shambhala said...

About the pepper spray: I once had to break up a bad fight between my Akita and the neighbor's Doberman.

My bright idea was to spray them both with pepper spray.

Well it did kinda, sorta worked - they stopped and both looked at me like "what is that stinky stuff?".

I, on the other hand, gagged, coughed, wheezed. My hands were burning, and I had to go inside to try to clean off.

The Dobie went back home - very calmly. My dog decided to snooze. (I still had to clean his neck wounds)

Moral of the story: a 9mm in the head beats a snoot full of pepper spray.

Anonymous said...

That does not answer my question: how do you kill a dogo argentino with your bar hands?

FerFAL said...

I'd try to choke the animal, rear neck choke, but most likely the Dogo will wound you badly before you manange to do that. Its strong and much more agile.
One of Nores Dogos, a 40 kg female, killed a full grown bull all by herself.


Joseph said...

A bull, FerFal? As in a 1000kg el toro? That really is impressive!!

Anonymous said...

Gentlemen of the Jury: The best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man's reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us, may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

If fortune drives the master forth, an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death.

George Graham Vest - c. 1855

Anonymous said...

Yeah, dogs are nice, we've owned many. They're nice, except sometimes the overbred ones that crack and eat innocent people. Then dogs aren't so great. Ask people who have been maimed or had their children eaten by bad dogs.

Just for balance, you know. Be careful out there.

Dino said...

Give me a break. Ask any of those people who have had one of their animals attack and maim someone and you will find out that they were not properly training and keeping their animal. I have been around bully breeds my entire life and not one I have known has ever attacked or "cracked" (as you say), because you know why? They were trained and treated properly.

With any bully breed, because of their high confidence, loyalty and their stubbornness, you need to be a stern master and institute that YOU are the pack leader and they will fall in line and will listen and love and do anything for you and family.

Like anything else, you need to be a vigilante owner, just like you have to be vigilante over your own human kids but to say that an animal like a bully dog will attack and maim a human for no reason shows your ignorance. These dogs were originally bred for fighting and or guarding so obviously they will have NO (read it NOOOO) human aggression because what sense would it be to breed a fighting dog if the owner couldn't control it right? What these dogs do have is animal aggression, which is why as soon as you get a bully bred pup, you need to bring it around and expose it to as many animals as possible.

That was one issue one of my friends is in with his scot bulldog. He is an absolute cuddleball with any person but have him around most animals and it is bad news and this is because he never exposed his dog to other animals at a young age.

My brothers Dogo Argentino was exposed to NUMEROUS animals at a young age and guess what? NO ANIMAL AGGRESSION at all. He even looks after my bros gfs lil pug and makes sure nothing happens to her.

Do some homework before spouting ignorant garbage.

Anonymous said...

I have a German Shepherd and a Dogo:). Nice dogs, but the Shepperd is super smart. I would not feel comfortable owning any more Dogos as they feel very aggressive and less obedient than other dogs I have owned.