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please see my lat post (2) in this thread for my views on the original post (questions) but qick search reveals that the following......
section1 Dogs Act UK prohibits 4 types of dog:
the Pit Bull Terrier
the Japanese tosa
the Dogo Argentino
the Fila Brasileiro
It is an offence to own or keep any of the above types of dog, unless it is on the Index of Exempted Dogs and is in compliance with the requirements. In any event it is an offence to breed from, sell or exchange (even as a gift) such a dog, irrespective of whether it has been placed on the Index of Exempted Dogs.
bah blah blah...
quick look on the net and.......
Breed of the dog
The Dogo was created for hunting, with great physical strength and a keen determination to not allow its quarry to escape. One thing that is commonly over looked in all of the breeds listed here is loyalty to the family. The dogos stays at feet of their owner and their family members, great with kids and is not a bark at nothing breed.
1. Fighting Dog of Cordoba, to which Dr. Martinez added blood from
2. The Pointer to give him a keen sense of smell, which was essential for hunting,
3. The Boxer added vivacity and gentleness,
4. The Bull Terrier lent his fearlessness,
5. The Great Dane his size,
6. The Bulldog gave him an ample chest and boldness,
7. The Irish Wolfhound brought its instinct as a hunter of wild game,
8. The Dogue de Bordeaux contributed its powerful jaws.
9. The Great Pyrenees gives him its white coat and
10. The Spanish Mastiff gave him its quota of power
Dogos are a big powerful dog that has to have obedience training at an early age, with heavy socialization training around people and other pets especially dogs. At an early age socialization helps to prevent aggression. One major point… obedience training is a must with all large dog breeds (over 30lbs). One can readily see that a small child walking the big family dog could be put in danger if pulled out into the street because the dog hasn't been properly disciplined. Another thing that many people must take heed of is that, no matter how well the Dogo (or any other large dog) interacts with children in the family, children do not belong anywhere near where the animal's feeding dishes are stored. This is a natural territorial instinct area with large dogs that may not be overcome by any amount of training.
Dogo Argentino reputation for aggression is greatly over exaggerated. If you've heard of this breed at all you will hear everything from " I can get my dog to pull down trees…" to "My dog just took on four other pit bulls and tore them apart…" You will also have heard horror stories on the media about how this dog (aside from many other breeds) is nothing but a vicious terrible monster that loves to tear apart people " just because ". Most all dogs do exactly what they are taught or aloud by the owner to do.
The truth is that any large dog must be treated with the proper respect and discipline if it is to be put in any social setting with humans or other pet type animals. The only problem with large dogs is the ignorance of the owner. Now, we are not stating that the Dogo can't be dangerous, what we are saying is that it is the owner who is mishandling the dog that creates dangerous behaviors and situations between a large dog and the general population. Practices such as guard dog conditioning (where a trainer teaches the animal to attack humans), frequent beatings, deprivation of affection, food, water or shelter (where the shelter is not appropriately large or clean enough), are all contributing factors to a dog displaying inappropriately aggressive behavior.