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Rare and fairly unknown outside Italy, the Dogo Sardo was developed in the villages of Sardinia as an all-around working Molosser. Equally adept as an aggressive watchdog, protective cattle herder and a dedicated farmdog, the Dogo Sardesco is so valued by the Sardinian people that they routinely refuse to sell their puppies to strangers.Because of this attitude it is also hard to determine the breed’s heritage. It is almost certain that its ancestry lies in the same root stock as the rest of the old Cane da Presa population of Italy, from which the mighty Cane da Branco, U Vucciriscu, Mastino Napolitano, Cane Corso, Bucciriscu Calabrese and others come from.
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The Dogo Sardesco is rarely seen outside its native region and no written standards are known to exist. Added confusion is created by reports of two separate Sardinian breeds under this name, one being the Pastore Fonnese Sardesco, a typical bearded sheepdog, while the real Dogo Sardo is known locally as the Cane Pertiatzu and is a shorthaired bully breed, similar to the Cane Corso. This confusion comes from this name wrongly being used for the Mastino Fonnese, which is the smooth-coated variety of the Pastore Fonnese, achieved by crossing the Fonnese Sheepdog with the Dogo Sardo.
The Dogo Sardo is a very muscular and athletic working dog, differing from the Cane Corso in some facial features, having a longer muzzle and tighter skin. Some rural dogs have fairly lupoid muzzles, but their purity is questionable. The body is lean and strong, with a powerful neck and sturdy legs. The ears are usually cropped, sometimes completely removed, while the tail can be both docked or left in its natural state.
The coat of the Canis Pertiatzus is short and smooth, usually red, grey, black or brindle in colour, but some working specimens are also common in other shades, as well as having slightly rougher coats. This rugged dogge rarely exceeds 24 inches in height, but since there are no set size limits, a variety of heights can be .
The Argentine Dogo was developed in the province of Cordoba by Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez in the 1920′s. The goal was to create a dog that was a good pack hunter and guardian but could also be trusted with the family..He began with the now extinct mastiff-type dog called the Dog of Cordoba and then added Great Dane, Boxer, Spanish Mastiff, Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Great Pyrenees, Pointer, Irish Wolfhound, and Dogue de Bordeaux.
The resulting breed not only met the original expectations as a big game hunter and family guarding, but has also been very successful as a guide dog as well as in military and police work. They are also used for hunting, tracking, narcotic detection, schutzhund and competitive obedience. This creation was a bullish and fearless hunter with intense stamina and a light coat that is capable of deflecting rather than absorbing heat.
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The breed became appealing to those who use their dogs for dog fights and has given the breed a very bad reputation. Many areas have included the Argentine Dogo in Breed Specific Legislation breed banning lists.
The Argentine Dogo should be 24 to 27 inches tall and weigh 80 – 100 pounds. Their coat is short and smooth to the touch and should be solid white. They may have one black patch or a dark colored patch around the eye.