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Argentinean dog

The Argentinean dog is quite an impressive snow-white dog, which combines a stern, unapproachable look and boundless kindness. With proper education, this dog can perform a lot of useful functions and become not just a pet, but a full member of the family. What is known about this ambiguous breed?

Argentinean dog

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History of the origin of the breed

Argentinean mastiffs can boast of an uncommon origin. As early as the 16th century, dogs of the Mastiff breed appeared on the Argentine lands. After this, the process of assimilation of the rocks began, which, ultimately, led to the birth of a new breed - the Argentine mastiff.

We must pay tribute to the university professor and avid dog breeder Antonio Nores Martinez, who made a great contribution to the breeding of this breed. At the end of the XIX beginning of the XX century, a period of unprecedented popularity of dog fights is occurring. Among the "fighters" stood out a white mastiff, originally from Spain, who was also called the white fighting dog Cordoba. Although Martinez was not a fan of such entertainment, he nevertheless considered the potential in these infinitely brave and powerful dogs. It is then that he decides to create animals of a new format - strong, fearless, with a stable psyche and a wide range of applications - from hunting large game to living with the family.

The professor did a tremendous job of selecting dogs suitable for breeding. And as a result, Cordoba and Bordeaux danes , German boxers , Irish wolfhounds , bulldogs, mountain white Pyrenees dogs, bull terriers participated in the creation of the new breed.

Formation of the breed was only possible by the middle of the 20th century, and then the document with the first standard was also released. Already in 1964, the Argentinean dog received international recognition, and to this day not one breed from Argentina has been able to achieve such results. Is it possible to be surprised that this animal is a symbol of the country.

Her characteristics surpassed all expectations - such a bold hunter, with an unprecedented self-control yet to look. Today, the Argentine dog is used not only for hunting, but also as a companion, a service dog, and also a guide for the blind.

Characteristics of the Argentinean mastiff

Exterior of the Argentine Dane

The breed standard has been changed several times, the last occurred in 2012. If we describe the general appearance, then this proportional animal, which has an athletic article and very prominent muscles. He has a rather voluminous head and strong, powerful jaws that can guarantee a grip that can not be freed. The bites of the Argentine danes are very much injuring the tissues.

Despite the size, among the representatives of this breed there are practically no giants.

The skin of the Argentine mastiff is dense, thick, elastic, not concealing an impressive muscular skeleton. According to the standard, dogs must have pure white wool, but a small dark spot in the muzzle area is allowed. The coat itself is dense, short.

Judging by their physique, these dogs are real athletes. Adult males reach 68 cm at the withers, and weights up to 45 kg, the growth of females varies from 60 to 65 cm, and the body weight ranges from 38 to 43 kg.

According to the generally accepted standard, the Argentinian looks like this:

  • The head, though it looks quite large, is still proportional to the body. The snout of the Argentines is snub-nosed, if you look in profile, then a convex-concave outline is visible.
  • The eyes have an almond-shaped cut and can only be of two colors - brown or black.
  • The neck is powerful, muscular, has a convex scruff.
  • The tail has a decent thickness and length, hangs along the trunk.
  • In the dogs of this breed, black pigmentation is observed on the wide lobe of the nose and dense, thick lips .
  • Ears are small in size, they have a standing shape in the form of a triangle in docked form. Unprotected ears are wide, medium in length, rounded at the ends. They are covered with a fur coat, which is much shorter than the one on the body. Earlier, cupping the ears was a mandatory procedure, but today it is done only at the request of the owners. Many European countries have banned the operation and even the participation of dogs with cropped ears at exhibitions. Ears have a white color, but the standard gives some relief - a small black pigmentation is allowed, but provided it does not spoil the aesthetics of the animal.

Features of Argentinean Danes

Features of Argentinean Danes

Dog breed Argentine dog photo

Having received the appearance of fighters' breeds, the Argentinean dog, above all, is a hunting dog. To do this, he has all the qualities - he is enduring, has a quick reaction and swiftness in his movements, his endurance is enough for a long persecution of the game, and the jaws have a truly "dead" grip.

Local call this breed "Dogo argentino" and use it for baiting large animals as part of a pack. If we talk about hunting successes, then the Argentine is able to single-handedly fight with a huge puma weighing 100 kilograms.

Despite the participation in the origin of the breed of fighting dogs, the Argentinean dog himself has never been used in this sphere. And in most cases they are kind, friendly dogs. Of course, there are exceptions, among the representatives of this breed there are individuals with a characteristic tendency to dominate. But special education can correct this behavior. These dogs are extremely smart, therefore very easy in training.

It should be noted that due to their formidable appearance and the presence of fighting "relatives", these dogs were banned for keeping in some countries - England (although this country is considered the birthplace of dog fights and hence many fighting breeds), Ireland, New Zealand, Australia.

The nature of the Argentinean Danes

If we talk about the disparity of appearance and character, then this fully corresponds to this breed. Severe from the outside, in fact, "Dogo Argentino" is very cheerful and positive dogs. This is confirmed by the numerous positive responses of people who have a family of such a four-legged friend.

If you dismiss the prejudices that a powerful dog is necessarily an evil dog, and evaluate the dog objectively, then it turns out that this is the most intelligent creature, and besides, intelligent and good-natured.

Dogo Argentino in the forest

In the photo the dog the Argentine dog at the lake

Among his positive qualities can be noted that he always thinks before the action, without any reason does not use force and does not bark for nothing. In hunting he is brave, like a lion, in a family - infinitely loyal. He can get on with other pets, but only outside his territory. Therefore, in order to avoid misunderstandings, it is better to use the leash when walking.

But in the house to keep the Argentine mastiff and other animals will not work, because in the dog there is still, like a hunting instinct, and a sense of domination. He is very nice to all family members, including children. In it there is no inclination to manifest jealousy.

It is best to keep such a large pet in a house with a large territory where the dog could move freely. But it can quite comfortably be placed in an apartment, only in this case it is necessary to give an animal daily physical load.

Training dogo argentino

If in appearance it seems that a representative of this breed can be a merciless killer, in reality it can happen only if the owner has a rough attitude towards the dog, with beatings, hunger strikes and other cruel methods of upbringing, or in the purposeful training of a pet on a person. But such methods work on other peace-loving breeds of dogs, with much less physical superiority.

With the correct approach during training, sometimes it is enough to apply only a strict tone. If the dog feels a positive attitude toward himself, sees caring, he will grow up to be a good and faithful friend.

Training dogo argentino

In the photo Argentine dog in full growth

Because of the pronounced sense of domination, even at the age of senility, it is necessary to show firmness and show the kid who is the master of the house. Otherwise, the dog will successfully assign this role to himself.

To the dog was socialized, it can be driven around the city, carried on public transport, go to nature. This will help the Argentine dog dog to get used to the surrounding world and its other inhabitants, and also will not allow the development of aggression.

Argentine danes are very smart, smart. It's enough to give a command once and they almost immediately understand what they want from them. Therefore, if the pet has performed the command correctly two or three times, it is not worth it to get the same request. It is better to repeat the study the next time. As in the training of other breeds, in this case, an individual approach and patience will be required.

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Care for this dog

As already mentioned, Argentines can live both in the house and in the apartment and most importantly, it is, as often as possible, to take their spare time with active fun, training and just walking. They love games with different tools, including not wanting to run after the ball. There are fewer problems in the fenced area near the house - a pet released to the site can independently "let off steam."

If you do not do this, the dog can find for himself what to do and not always these classes will be liked by the owners. As for the withdrawal, the short coat of Argentines is not very demanding. It is enough during the seasonal moult to remove dead hairs with a special brush made of rubber.

The claws of the dog should be cut short and it is recommended to do it regularly. Eyes are washed at least once a week, at the same time you can pay attention and ears, brushing them. Argentine danes do not need frequent bathing , they need to be washed only in case of severe pollution.

The Argentine does not react to various temperature changes, including cooling. But for cages, they do not fit, because they are prone to colds .

Feeding the dog is required mainly meat, and it must be given raw, offal can also be included in the diet, but only in boiled form.

Vegetables and greens should be on the menu in dogs, except for potatoes, fresh cabbage and sweet potato. It is necessary to add food to Argentine danes.

Argentines can give porridge, boiled vermicelli, only in limited quantities, not turning into basic food. But dairy products can be given daily.

Read more on how to care for a dog .

Photo of the Argentine Dane

Dogo Argentino on the beachDogo argentino at the waterArgentinean mastiff in stoneArgentinean dog in the fieldArgentine Dog restingArgentinean dog is pegged

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Argentinean Mastiff price

You can not call the Argentine dog breed widespread in Russia, but nevertheless in the big cities there are nurseries that are breeding these dogs.

On average, the cost of a PET puppy (with defects, not for breeding) varies from 15,000 to 20,000 rubles. Toddler BRID-class, that is fully compliant with the standard and suitable for breeding, can be purchased for 25,000 for 30,000 rubles. Argentine SHOW-class costs about 40,000-50000 rubles. The latter option can be safely purchased if the dog's exhibition career is planned. Also a similar dog can become the ancestor of a new line.

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