20 January 2007

Dogo Argentino

This Argentinian Mastiff has a great rapport with his young owner as he relaxes outside the l'Occitan restaurant in Menton.

The Dogo Argentino was developed in Argentina by Dr. Martinez in the 1920's. He wanted a dog that was a good pack hunter as well as good with a family. He started with a now extinct mastiff-type breed called the Dog of Cordoba. He added Great Dane, Boxer, Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Great Pyrenees, Pointer, Irish Wolfhound and Dogue de Bordeaux. The resulting breed has been successful as a guide dog and in military and police work. However, it's not a breed for everyone and needs careful training. Unfortunately it is a breed that appealed to those who organise and enjoy dog fights and in Britain it appears in the banned list. Not so in France.

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