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.