- Origin: Argentina
- Group: Hunting / Non-sporting
- Weight: 36-45 kg
- Height: 60-67 cm
- Colors: white
- Training: difficult to train
- Care: short fur
- Temperament: Perseverant, fast, courageous, loyal
- Health: It needs winter protection
- Average age: 10-15 years
The Argentinian dog is a dog breed that originated in Córdoba fighting dogs. The original breed was developed in the Argentinean city of the same name, by the canine fighters.
Argentinean Antonio Nores Martinez, a passionate hunting physician, began in the 20s of the last century the first experiences he wanted to achieve, starting from the difficult Cordoba fighting dog.
The Cordoba dog was also obtained from Bull Terrier specimens imported from the US. Dogs of Cordoba were particularly aggressive, being hard to master.
Besides fighting, they were also used to hunt wild boars. The harsh behavior of these animals and the difficulty with which they were held under control led, over time, to the extinction of the race.
Argentinian Dog’s Foo
The Argentinean dog must be thoroughly fed to maintain a good rate of growth and development of the musculature and to provide all the nutrients needed to strengthen the bone system and maintain a good joint condition.
If feeding will not facilitate and sustain the natural growth and development rate, you will have at 1.5 years a physically unbalanced dog, unsure of the standard of the breed, but who will maintain the specific mentality of a hired and hated animal.
Argentinian Dog’s Behavior
Persistent, fast, courageous, loyal and very bold. A devotee with no detentions to the members of the adoption family, he looks cautious and suspicious in the presence of strangers. It manifests a dominant attitude in the presence of other animals, it is irritable to other male dogs even if it has benefited from socialization.
He’s a good hunter, but he prefers to act independently. Extreme force and low tolerance towards foreigners can make it dangerous, so cautious behavior is recommended.
If he is well educated, he proves to be balanced and disciplined, without being too loud. Do not be challenged, threatened or hit.
It’s a big dog with a rectangular shape. It is very muscular but not heavy, the body slightly elongated relative to the height suggesting availability for effort. The legs are relatively long, about half the height of the shoulder height.
The head is round, large, with short and broad buttocks, with the upper lip in excess, covering the lower jaw as a fold. The bite of this dog is very wide. The large, well-pointed bumper is black (sometimes it has small pink spots).
The eyes are small, oblique, spaced, dark in color. The ears are of medium size, attached to the skull above and sideways, left in the natural cheeks, but are usually cupped. The tail is long, passing the jar and is hung, with its slightly arched tip.
The tail has an important role in running, allowing the dog to maintain its balance at tight corners. The coat is layered on one layer, has the straight, short, well-bonded thread. The base color is pure white, sometimes covered with small black spots but not very obvious (pale and inconsistent).
It resembles the American Pit Bull Terrier, but the white color and the noticeably larger color distinguish it clearly.
Argentinian Dog’s Training
They are quite difficult to train, because they have a strong, dominant and independent temperament. It is recommended for people with a strong, balanced psychic and experienced training in large, strong dogs.
The master’s attention must be focused on maintaining a stable psychic balance and avoiding conflicting situations.
If training starts at small ages and is applied in a firm, persevering, but hard-working manner, it will prove disciplined and cooperative.
Argentinian Dog’s Features
It has a great pulmonary capacity and is capable of long hunting game and possesses high resistance to pain to face real chances with big cats such as jaguar and puma.
He does not abandon the fight even if he is seriously injured.
Argentinian dogs are more adapted to warmer environments, so they need extra thermal protection during the cold season.
It adapts well to living in the open air in a large enclosed courtyard during the warm season, but it is recommended to be kept indoors in the winter (they will behave well, have a low activity level in the house).
He has to participate regularly in exercises, long walks and running, to keep fit and consume energy.
It is on the list of potentially dangerous canine races, but proper training is the key to keeping these dogs under control.
Argentinian Dog’s Diseases
There are no pretentious dogs. Do not sneak in too much and require only occasional brushing.
They need a lot of movement and the opportunity to consume their energy. Many owners prefer to tie their ears (occasionally and tail).
Reacts well on water contact. They are predisposed to fattening, so careful diet control is needed.
It has a very good health. More common: Deafness (correlated with the presence of white pigment), dysplasia of the hip, irritations and skin allergies. They are sensitive to sunshine.