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10 Things to Know Before Judging the Dogo Argentino

Breeder-judge Massimo Inzoli of Italy offers a 10-point primer on judging this striking white Molosser.

 

 

Correct Dogo expression – one of hardness – is created in large part by a properly shaped and placed triangular eye.

Correct Dogo expression – one of hardness – is created in large part by a properly shaped and placed triangular eye.

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The standard. The first thing you need to know as you contemplate the Dogo Argentino is that the history of this breed is different from any other.

Most other recognized breeds are created through a selection process with different criteria, depending on the function the dog will perform and the geographic area in which he finds himself. After the breed has been established, those physical traits that are essential to type are officially determined, through study and the drafting of a standard.

But in the Dogo Argentino, that process was reversed.

At the beginning of the last century, Dr. Nores Martines of Argentina imagined a breed suited to the work of helping in the hunt of big game. He developed a standard, and only later began to really work to create the Dogo Argentino. In the end, Dr. Martines crossed nine breeds to obtain a final product that came as close as possible to his dream dog, idealized so many years before.

As a result, the description in the standard written by the breed’s founder should be appreciated with a particular eye and attention, compared to other standards. The Dogo must be exactly as his creator imagined him decades ago, and any attempt to change him should be seen as a serious attack on the original spirit of the breed.

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