I've been reading your book and came across the part on dogs..I have a fairly large dog now and have been thinking about getting a new large dog. I've been looking for a breeder that does not charge an arm and a leg so to speak...the prices I've seen are about 2000.00 USD is there anywhere to find a dog for a more fair price that you might know of?
I got this message over Facebook but though other people may be in this same situation. The economic problem is a central topic of this blog, so saving money is an important part. At the same time, there’s lots of Dogo Argentino out there that need a home and are up for adoption or on the kill list in shelters, so you save money and help an animal as well.
These adoptions usually require a fee, but its not as expensive as buying from a breeder.
Be completely honest about your intentions when dealing with the shelter or person giving it up for adoption. Also, look for signs of abuse. Unfortunately a lot of scumbags use Dogo Argentinos for fighting and that was never the intention of the creator of the breed, Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez. If you have little experience with large dogs, and specially if you have small children, avoid adopting a Dogo that has been used in fights, shows signs of aggression and distrust. The Dogo Argentino is a hunting Dog as well as a family dog, so it shouldn’t show aggression to other dogs of the hunting pack let alone towards family members.
One more thing. If a Dogo Argentino is what you’re looking for make sure that’s what you’re getting. Seems that every white dog in America is a Dogo Argentino. Dogos aren’t white Pitbulls, they are not white Great Danes or white bull terriers. Dogos are completely white, the only (rare) exception being a black eye patch sometimes. That’s it. They also aren’t as big as great Danes, so that’s a tell as well. Research the breed and know what to look for. Once you see a couple dozen real Dogo pics you know how they should look. This is important because Dogos are extremely courageous. A Dogo simply wont cower away from a fight, even when stabbed or shot at, that’s why they often get killed when hunting, it just doesn’t back down. This is important if the animal is expected to fulfill a security role in your family. Any other dog that looks like one but isn’t really a pure Dogo Argentino may not have this temperament or drive.
This is a working dog, not a toy for the kids. If you’re the kind of person that treats dogs as humans, this type of dog will be stressed, turn aggressive and probably try to replace you as the alpha dog.
If you are in need of a new dog, you can find a home for one of them and at the same time get yourself what in my opinion is the best, most noble dog breed.
These are the places you can start looking for one:
Please, call the cops on anyone using these animals for fighting and help preserve the legacy of this fabulous animal. Animal cruelty is bad enough, but its even worse when in doing so these idiots destroy what Dr. Nores Martinez spent his entire life creating.