Wednesday, 26 April 2017

In the early 1920s Dr. Antonio Martinez wanted to create a super dog the Dogo Argentino. that was needed for hunting wild boars. He, with the help of his brother Agustin, began the breed with the Cordoba Fighting dog as a base. This fearless and aggressive crossbreed had a proven record in the dog pits of South America where it fought to the death. Such tenacity was necessary when up against a 400lb pig. However, Antonio used these dogs in hunting trips, and they would rather fight each other than chase the boar.

Corodoba Fighting Dog

He wanted a dog that would be an honest family dog, and so another dog breed had to be used to create the dog he wanted. One by one different kinds of dog breeds were added into the program as the brothers worked to create their super dog. Antonio and Agustin developed a plan. First to add in the Pointer, known for his sense of smell, the most basic element needed for tracking down the wild boar and other game. Next the Boxer for his gentleness and docility. The next dog he used was the Great Dane, he used this breed to increase the size of the dog. They then used the Bull Terrier to add fearlessness, agility and aggressiveness. The Old English Bulldog added boldness, obedience and tenacity, as well as a broad chest and strong jaws. The Irish Wolfhound was added because it was well known for being a hunter on sight of wild game. The Bordeaux dog was added for his powerful jaws. The Great Pyrenees would then be added for his dense white coat. Finally the Spanish Mastiff would give the super dog the raw power and the long loose lips necessary for allowing breathing while holding prey.
Antonio had a very distinct vision of what he wanted, and wrote the ideal standard for the breed in 1928. Many years passed to achieve the almost impossible goal of creating the super dog of Argentina. Tragically, Antonio never saw the end results of his super dog, he was killed during a boar hunt in 1956. His younger brother Agustin took over the program with adding new blood to the breed following the original formula and the same conviction as his brother Antonio had. Soon the legend of the super dog was spreading to North America and Europe Finally on May 21 1964, Argentina recognized the Dogo Argentino as a specific dog breed. On July 31, 1973, the FCI recognized the Dogo Argentino. The Dogo was and still is the only official Argentinean breed.