Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dogo Argentino Rescue

 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.



russell1200 said...

That's Le Chien!


Maldek said...

Decent optional breeds:

Doberman: (personal guard dog, can be expensive) This breed likes to be with "his" human 24/7 so he best can protect you. If you have a day job and dont like dogs in bedroom, skip to next breed.

Fila brasileiro: (guard dog, hunting dog, got some bloodhound spliced in and was used to hunt down human slaves in brasil, hence the name) needs a physicaly strong person. If you are a 45kg female you may run into trouble.

Rottweiler: guard dog, combat dog, family dog. This dog has been used in police and military forces for ages. Needs proper training for best performance.

Pitt said...

My friend has 2 dogos and is having the problem of bad dogfights between his dogs. He didn't follow my advice and get a female puppy and now has (2) 100+ lb warriors going at it every chance they get.

Fernando, you hit the nail on the head when you said the Dogo is not for people who treat their dogs like little furry people. The Dogo is a pack hunter that needs a strong, firm but fair leader to teach him what he needs to know.

While the Dogo would not be my first choice as a guardian breed, they are very protective and are very willing to stand up to any human who is acting aggressively.

Anonymous said...

Owning many dogs over the years, I had never heard of a Dogo until reading your book. On a whim I answered a Craigslist ad for adoption. I had a very elderly Wiemer and was looking to soften the family blow when he went down. After a long talk, with the woman describing the dog in detail, she then said there is just one catch, while the dog is fully trained, he is deaf. I told her thats ok, I would still like to meet him. Long story short we gave the dog a try even with the disability. I have to tell you, he is the most awesome creature I have ever owned. Smart, funny, extremely loving, incredibly loyal and I just dare anyone, deaf dog or not, to come into this house uninvited. Within 5 or 10 minutes he knows someone is on the premises through smell. The surprise for the intruder may be slightly delayed, but the none the less deadly. Thanks for the recommendation of an incredible animal. Oh, and the fee for adopting a AKC Canine Good Dog fully trained (sign language) Dogo? $100.00. If a hearing Dogo is 1/5 what this deaf dog is the breed is worth every penny a breeder asks.