Our Dogs, Peretti Cane Corso

 

The goal for Peretti Cane Corso is to breed from quality foundation dogs for excellence in type (representation), temperament and soundness. It is of utmost importance to breed only from health tested and mentally sound stock. OurCane Corso dogs are carefully chosen and selected to produce better examples of the breed!


 

Peretti Cane Corso Males


'Palermo'

'Vilardo'

'Rocco'

Ch Della Nevaia's Palermo di Peretti
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Ch Eye of the Tiger
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Ch Standing Ovation
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'Titus'

'Conan'

'Tazio'

Peretti's Lord of the Ring
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Ch Peretti's Resisting Arrest
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'Bandito'

'Hero'

'Logan'

Ch. Sforza Bandito
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Ch Hero Custodi Nos
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Multi CH Saxellum Logan, CGC
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'Youngblood'

'Magnus'

'Riley'
CH. Youngblood Custodi Nos
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Peretti's Ready to Rock
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'Bosley'
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'Jaguar'
 
Peretti's No Accidental Success
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Jaguar Custodi Nos
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Peretti Cane Corso Females



'Storm'


'Zara'


'Beretta'
Peretti's Perfect Storm
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Cherubs Zara di Peretti
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Gr. Ch Peretti's Locked N' Loaded
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'Apulia'

'Diamond'


'Guilia'

Apulia Guardiani Del Granducato
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Peretti's Yellow Diamond
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'Estrella'

'Fergie'

'Trauma'
Gr. Ch Shooting Star
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Peretti's It's a Wrap
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Peretti's Clear and Present Danger
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'Chloe'

'Paris'

'Uiko'
Ch Shines Bright Like a Diamond
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Peretti's Miss Behaving
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Uiko Della Nevaia
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'Era'


Peretti's New Image
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Cane Corso Pedigree Photos


CH Fuoco

CH Cherubs Hitman

CH Cherubs Julian

CH Jones

CH Thor

CH. Bel Monte Cocomo

CH. Saxellum Derek

CH. Czar's Lucca Brazz

CH. Bel Monte Nero

CH. Boris

World CH. Quaser

CH. Bel Monte Rocco

 


 

Dogs Around The World

Storm
Cypress in St. Thomas Virgin Islands
Owned and loved by the Uszenski family


Owned by the Stetsenko family in Aruba

Alves
Alves
Owned by Hamad AlQannaie in Kuwait

Harlow
Harlow
Owned by Jared Cowen/ Ottawa Senators in Canada

Tika and Serafina Tika and Serafina Tika and Serafina
Owned by the LaForges family in Manitoba Canada

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Service Dogs

Dakota
Matthew Shank - Disabled vet
Peretti's Honoring Our Freedom "Dakota"

Dakota
Matthew Shank - Disabled vet
Peretti's Honoring Our Freedom "Dakota"

Dakota
Matthew Shank - Disabled vet
Peretti's Honoring Our Freedom "Dakota"

Dakota
Peretti's Honoring Our Freedom "Dakota"

Dakota
Peretti's Honoring Our Freedom "Dakota"
 
   

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Peretti Dogo Argentino Males

Nuapa
'Bagual'

Sapucai Del Bagual
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Peretti Dogo Argentino Females

Nuapa
'Nuapa'


El Bagual Nuapa
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History of the Dogo

To being able to speak about the Dogo Argentino, first we must speak about its creator, Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, born in Cordoba City, Province of Cordoba Argentina, in a traditional family, keen on hunting and dog-breeding, above all.


Hunting Card of Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez


He was a great Surgeon, distinguished not only because his profession but also for the great charisma towards his patients.

Mixing his childhood passions, with the scientific knowledge, is how he achieved in 1928, to fix a new race, The Dogo Argentino.

Thus in 1947, he introduces the new race in two different settings, first in Diana Magazine (issue # 89 pages 28-40, October 1947) and then in the practice in the Province of San Luis (Argentina) where he puts a Dogo in combat with a Cougar and a Wild Boar, images that forever remained visible in a videotape.

DR.ANTONIO NORES MARTINEZ'S DISCOURSE

" GENTLEMEN:

The Hunter's Center in the Province of Buenos Aires has given me the undeserved honor of providing me with their hospitality and this , its Prestigious tribune, I accept it pleased with the conviction that the benevolence in judgment has to replace the scarce of personal merit. Logic corollary of cordiality that is paid to me, which I interpret as an index of the spiritual hierarchy of this environment.

To the Honorable Board of Directors, as well as its distinguished President, my profound recognition for the distinction with the gratitude which nobility obliges.

Gentlemen: No species from creation has suffered so much the consequences of the Laws of Evolution as the canine. Its fidelity to mankind since the prehistory to our days has made it acquire an admirable faculty of adaptation to both environmental and geographical changes, created by the necessity that the struggle for life has imposed to its master, when no for the great geological commotion or in virtue of the own human whim.

Who has not observed the enormous morphological difference between a stocky dog of the race Great Dane and the tiny Peking (Beijing) Between the slim and aristocratic Irish Wolf Hound and the acondroplastic Dachohound, between the beautiful hair of a Setter or a Collie and the nudity of a Pila.

Is not there, perhaps, more difference in the morphology of the races we have just compared than between those existing and distinguishing a Lion from a Tiger, a Llama from a Guanaco, or between an anthropoid and a human being of the primitive race?

Why is it that between specimens of a same specie, and only in this specie of the extensive zoological ladder, there might be differences so big that surpasses those which separates distinct species?

There is ,gentlemen, one answer to this question. It is due to that magnificent faculty of adaptation that has the canine specie, acquired following its master, throughout all ages of history, through all paths of the planet, and being at the mercy of the elements of all climates in the face of the earth, to serve with the same unselfishness to a Master of all races, of all characters and of all cultures.

Because, gentlemen, history teaches that there in the night of centuries, there in the threshold of the prehistory, where the first path appeared and the first human footprint, right there, then as now, together with that footprint was the one from his noble and faithful friend. The companion of always..., in joy and in pain, in misery and in opulence, in illusion and despair, in cradle and in grave, in life and death... was the dog, the only being so noble, that is capable of licking its master’s hand before its own paw and surrender gladly its life, the only capable enough of kissing the hand when caresses as much as the hand which holds a whip at the moment of strike...

I see, gentlemen, in all this, something more than the mere realization of the instincts...,I see it outlined in it psycogenesis the superior feeling , I see it in the fist gesture, some charity and a lot of unselfishness, in the second a lot of gratitude, and in the third... the sublime gesture of forgiveness.

That magnificent adaptability, I was saying, of the canine specie to the environmental or paratypic changes, be it in its psyches or in morphology, following the biological paths of evolution, or well in the opposite of involution, is what has allowed the development of the huge number of canine races and varieties which we know today, some fixed by natural selection, others by Man; be it for practical or decorative purposes and companion, when not due to a whim, and it could even said for some of them an evident aberration of good human taste. But all at the same, always with identical intention, to the master’s service and most tyrant lord known to creation: Man, to whom serve with the same submission the one of aristocratic pedigree as well as the humble son of nobody.


Wild Boar hunting

Guanaco hunting

Taking advantage of this easy adaptation of the specie and that ductility to human selection, I made it a point, over twenty years ago, to set up a new race of dogs, that reunited the needed conditions for the useful dog in the big game in our country (Argentina) Because in our impenetrable and virgin woods, the hunting conditions are very different from those in practice in the game preserves in Europe, place from where we imported the selected races for this purpose. Then we hunt in open mounts of immense extension when sometimes one has to go through the paths crawling on your hands and knees, and the pack of Wild boars, be it local or imported, or the cougar or the tapir, once they have heard the proximity of the pack of hounds, if it were not caught in the very moment of encounter with this, would be useless to try and catch it again, where there are thousands of hectares between us. Any attempt of the hunter and dogs is in vein.

So, what quality should the dog have for this kind of hunting? In first place it must be a dog which beats for the game in silence and that makes itself heard only when is on the catch, because at the moment it does what the Fox-Hound does or the others race’s trick, that starts to howl the very moment they find the trail , the hunter who is following it can be very sure that will not get any pieces at all, because the howling of the pack has let the animals know of their presence, thus running away putting many kilometers from the place.

On second place it has to be a dog with good nose but that sniffs upwards as the Pointer, and not on the trail, because during the cougarhunt, for example, this in order to fool the dogs makes circles when running away and goes back on its own trace; sometimes it climbs a tree, the “molle” in general and jumps into freedom, or jumps a cliff, leaving the dogs that are following it by its trace all confused; but when the dog follows the animal and sniffs, there is no chance that it be fooled, and the peccaries known trick of leaving the pack, staying hidden in the bushes, while the dogs chase those which are still in the running, is useless if the dog sniffs the animal. This is the reason why is common to hear people in the countryside, where there are cougars that the best lion-hunting dog is the Pointer or its crossbred, because it finds it quickly and rattles it stoops it, permitting thus the hunter to give the Coup the Grace, and killing the beast.

On third place, it has to be an agile dog more in fight than in speed, because the Wild Boar, the Cougar or the Pecari is reached by any dog that is not too heavy.

And finally it must be brave above all things. When encountering with the cougar or the mount pig, must seize even if the dog is hurt and must be able to hold it alone, until the other dogs or the hunter arrives, and in the event that the latter does not arrive, it has to be able to kill the prey on its own, because it is not possible to travel hundreds of kilometers carrying packs of 20 to 50 dogs. This is neither practical nor comfortable for us.

This quality of courage I consider it to be fundamental because here, where the mounts are not cultivated, it is not able to follow the pack with the horse because one can barely get in on foot, there is no use that the dogs rattle the animals for us, if it is impossible to finish the prey off. The practical thing is that when encountering the prey they “stretch” it as we provincials say, that is to say they catch it immediately.

As for the size of the dog, as the paths in our mounts are shallow, the medium size dogs are the best, but in the selection of races one has to choose the strongest specimens, it is convenient for breeding to choose those with a bigger size and height, because raised in the country side and due to the excess of work and bad feeding they always reduce their size; this is the reason for the local saying “ Size comes in through the mouth”.

The quality of Courage is also essential for the Guardian Dog which is the other purpose of the Dogo Argentino. There is a general belief that a guardian dog is that which barks or is capable of biting a stranger?s hand. According to this concept dogs of all races make good guardian dogs. But to my judgement the guardian dog ought o be something more than all that: they must be capable of getting killed while seizing the prey, defending its master?s or its house. It is useless as guardian a dog which attacks an intruder, if at the first blown with a club or the first wound stab releases its catch while it cries; such animal does not present any security to its owner nor deserves, in my opinion, the honor of being called guardian dog.

I have traced the general lines of what I have attempted to achieve in the Dogo Argentino, and that you know through the prestigious magazine Diana, of this center, whether I have achieved it or not belongs now to the judgment of those with the taste for the manly sport of hunting, and the canine experts because I , as a part , am included in the generals of the law.

In this same adaptability of the canine specie to the environmental means to which I have referred, resides the mutability of the characters of the different races, for what it is essential to keep in mind in the offspring, together with the somatic characters of a fixed standard, the goal oriented education, that is, keep in mind the key formula for canine race improvement: F multiply by M plus E, which stands for : Father multiply by Mother plus Education, which in genetic language is translated as Inheritance plus Education and Environment, or Genotype plus Paratype.

This watch, gentlemen, is essential in all the races for reasons of general biology, because in biology dynamism is life; passivity is death. Species and races that do not improve, worsen; Those that do not progress, regress; but to regress is to retrogress to go back the way one has gone throughout generations, is synonym with degenerate, because it is to loose the acquired qualities which were proposed in the beginning.

And to finish ,I apologize, gentlemen, if I put a bit of passion in my words, but as a way of explanation I want to remind you that the promoter of an idea can be tolerated that he be wrapped in it , because passion is the engine, is the propellant energy of ideas, ideas that are born without passion are born death. That is why the History of mankind, is the history of human passion, the biography of its greatest figures is also the eulogy of its greatest passions.

I have finished."

FOR THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND:

Let me remind you that in science the best path, is the one which leads ourselves to the final truth, that which allows us to withdraw from the influence of vested interests, be it from doctrine, from schools or money that recovers the field of research, the autonomy and liberty of aberration, reason and judgment, essential to scientific truth.

And that I put at your service the needed documentation, where you shall corroborate that the Dogo Argentino is a genetic problem solved already.

TO THOSE WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND:

I believe appropriate to make the following remark: those who speak of what they ignore do not show intelligence nor discretion and can incur as much in nonsense as in stupidity instead.

TO THOSE WHO DO NOT WANT TO UNDERSTAND:

I invite you to bring a pure specimen, of any given breed in the world. Be it at whatever its size and weight has, that defeats in combat a Dogo that shows, in addition, its condition for the game in the mount in our country ( Argentina) as we Creole say :” in the field the cocky is seen”.

TO THE READERS:

I ask you forgiveness if I have put a bit of passion in these but as a way of explanation I want to remind you that Passion, is the engine, is the propellant the force of ideas, that ideas that are born without passion are ideas born death, and that that is why the history of mankind is not other than the history of human passions and the biography of its greatest passions.

It is important to highlight, that the Dogo Argentino would not be among us, if it were not because of the great diffusion made by the brother of the creator of the race: Dr. Agustin Nores Martinez, who after Antonio's tragic and treacherous death ( murdered in cold blood and treacherously to steal from, when he was out hunting with a friend) took what had been created perpetuating it and made it recognizable all over the world, until its acceptance as a race by the F.C.I.

Agustin Nores Martinez
Agustin Nores Martinez

 

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FCI Dogo Standard

FCI-Standard
N° 292 / 29. 01. 1999/ GB DOGO ARGENTINO
TRANSLATION: Club del Dogo Argentino « Dr Antonio Nores Martinez »
Federacion Cinologica Argentina and Mrs R. Binder.
ORIGIN: Argentina.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 29.01.1999.
UTILIZATION: Big-game hunting dog. CLASSIFICATION F.C.I.: Group 2, Schnauzer and Pinscher, Molossians and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs.
Section 2.1 Molossian type, Mastiff type. Without working trial.

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Molossian normal type, mesomorphic and macrothalic, within the desirable proportions without gigantic dimensions. Its aspect is harmonic and vigorous due to its powerful muscles which stand out under the consistent and elastic skin adhered to the body through a not very lax subcutaneous tissue. It walks quietly but firmly, showing its intelligence and quick responsiveness and revealing by means of his movement his permanent happy natural disposition. Of a kind and loving nature, of a striking whiteness, its physical virtues turn it into a real athlete.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: As a mesomorphic animal, no part stands out from the whole body which is harmonic and balanced. Mesocephalic, its muzzle should be as long as its skull.
The height at the withers is equal to the height at the croup.
The depth of the thorax equals 50% of the height at the withers.
The length of the body exceeds the height at the withers by 10%.

BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT: It is cheerful, frank, humble, friendly, and not a hard barker, always conscious of its power. It should never be aggressive, a trait that should be severely observed. Its domineering attitude makes it continuously compete for territory with specimens of the same sex, most noticeable behaviour in males. As a hunter, it is smart, silent, courageous and brave.

HEAD:
Head
Of mesocephalic type, it looks strong and powerful, without abrupt angles or distinct chiselling. Its profile shows an upper line which is concave - convex : convex at the skull because of the prominence of its masticatory muscles and its nape; and slightly concave at the foreface. The head joins the neck forming a strong muscular arch.

CRANIAL REGION:

Skull:Compact, convex in the front to back and transverse direction. Its zygomatic arches are far apart from the skull, forming a large temporal cavity which enables the large development of the temporal muscle. Its occipital bone is not very prominent due to the strong muscles of the nape. The central depression of the skull is slightly noticeable.
Skull
Stop: Slightly defined, as a transition from the convex skull region to the slightly concave foreface. From the side, it shows a definite profile due to the prominence of the superciliary ridges.

FACIAL REGION:
As long as the skull.

Nose: Ample nostrils. Black pigmentation. It is slightly elevated forwards, finishing off the concave profile of the muzzle. From the side, the front line is perpendicular and straight, coinciding with the maxillary edge or slightly projected forward.

Muzzle: Strong, a bit longer than deep, well developed in width, with sides slightly converging. The upper line is slightly concave, an almost exclusive trait of the Argentinean Dogo.

Lips: Moderately thick, short and tight. With free edges, preferably with black pigmentation.

Jaws/Teeth: Jaws strong and well adapted; no under-or overshot mouth. The jaws should be slightly and homogeneously convergent. They ensure maximum bite capacity. Teeth big, well developed, firmly implanted in line, looking clean without caries. A complete dentition is recommended, priority being given to the homogeneous dental arches. Pincer bite, though scissor bite is accepted.

Cheeks: Large and relatively flat, free from folds, bulges or chiselling, covered by strong skin.

Eyes: Dark or hazel coloured, protected by lids preferably with black pigmentation though the lack of pigmentation is not considered a fault. Almond-shaped, set at medium height, the distance between them must be wide. As a whole, the expression should be alert and lively, but at the sametime remarkably firm, particularly in males.

Ears: High and laterally inserted, set well apart due to the width of the skull. Functionally, they should be cropped and erect, in triangular shape and with a length which does not exceed 50% of the front edge of the auricle of the natural ear. Without being cropped, they are of mid-length, broad, thick, flat and rounded at the tip. Covered with smooth hair which is a bit shorter than on the rest of the body; they may show small spots, not to be penalized. In natural position they hang down covering the back of the cheeks. When the dog is alert they may be half-erect.

NECK:
Of medium length, strong and erect, well muscled, with a slightly convex upper line. Truncated cone-shaped, it joins the head in a muscular arch which hides all bony prominences in this part, and fits to the thorax in a large base. It is covered by a thick and elastic skin that freely slips over the subcutaneous tissue which is a bit laxer than on the rest of the body. It has non-pendent smooth folds at the height of the throat, a fundamental trait for the function of the animal. The coat in this part is slightly longer than on the rest of the body.

BODY:
Body
The length of the body (from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttock) exceeds the height at the withers by 10%. Upper line : Level; the withers and the pin bones of the croup are at the same height, constituting the highest points. Withers : Large and high. Back : Large and strong, with fully developed muscles forming a slight slope towards the loins. Loins : Strong and hidden by the developed lumbar muscles which form a median furrow along the spine. Slightly shorter than the dorsal region, rising very slightly to the top of the croup. The development of muscles in the parts of the upper line causes the dogs to show a slightly depressed profile without being actually so, which is enhanced in adults due to the fully developed dorsal and spinal muscles. Croup : Of medium length, large and muscular; slightly showing the tips of both ilium and ischium. Its width is equal or a bit less than that of the thorax; the angle to the horizontal is of about 30°, thus the upper line falling in a slightly convex slope towards the insertion of the tail. Chest : Broad and deep. The tip of the breastbone is level with the tip of the shoulder joint (scapulo-humeral joint) and the sternal line of the thorax is level with the elbow line. Large thorax providing maximum respiratory capacity, with long and moderately curved ribs which join the breastbone at the height of the elbow line. Abdomen : Slightly tucked up beyond the bottom line of the thorax, but never greyhound-like. Strong with good muscular tension as well as in the flanks and loins.

TAIL:
Set medium high, with 45° angle to the upper line. Sabre- shaped, thick and long, reaching to the hocks but not further down. At rest it hangs down naturally; when the dog is in action, it is slightly raised over the upper line and constantly moving sidewards. When trotting, it is carried level with the upper line or slightly above.
Tail

LIMBS:

FOREQUARTERS: As a whole, they form a sturdy and solid structure of bones and muscles, proportionate to the size of the animal. Forelegs straight and vertical, seen from the front or in profile.

Shoulders : High and proportioned. Very strong, with great muscular contours without exaggeration. Slanting of 45° to the horizontal.

Upper arm : Of medium length, proportionate to the whole. Strong and very muscular, with an 45° angle to the horizontal.

Elbows : Sturdy, covered with a thicker and more elastic skin, without folds or wrinkles. Naturally situated against the chest wall of which they seem to be part.

Forearm : As long as the upper arm, perpendicular to the horizontal, straight with strong bone and muscles.

Pastern joint : Broad and in line with the forearm, without bony prominences or skin folds.

Pastern : Slightly flat, well boned, slanting of 70 to 75° to the horizontal plane.

Front feet : Rounded; with short, sturdy, very tight toes. Fleshy, hard pads, covered by black and rough-to-the-touch skin

Fore Quarters

HINDQUARTERS: With medium angulation. As a whole, they are strong, sturdy and parallel, creating the image of the great power their function requires. They ensure the proper impulsion and determine the dog's characteristic gait.

Hindquarters

Upper thigh : Length proportionate to the whole. Strong and with fully developed and visible muscles. Coxo-femoral angle close to 100 °.

Stifles : Set in the same axis as the limb. Femoral-tibial angle close to 110 °.

Lower thigh : Slightly shorter than the upper thigh, strong and with similarly developed muscles.

Hock joint / Hock : The tarsus-metatarsus section is short, strong and firm, ensuring powerful propelling of the hind limb. Sturdy hock joint with a noticeable calcaneus (tip of hock). The angle at the hock joint is close to 140°.

Sturdy hock, almost cylindrical and at 90° angle to the horizontal. If present, dewclaws should be removed.

Hind feet : Similar to forefeet, though slightly smaller and broader, but with the same characteristics.

GAIT / MOVEMENT:
Agile and firm; with noticeable modification when showing interest in something, changing into an erect attitude and responding to reflexes quickly, typical for this breed. Calm walk, extended trot, with a goodfront suspension and a powerful rear propelling. At gallop, the dog shows all of its energy displaying its power fully. The four feet leave simple, parallel traces. Ambling (pacing) is not accepted and is considered a serious fault.

SKIN:

Homogeneous, slightly thick, but smooth and elastic. Adhering to the body through a semilax subcutaneous tissue which ensures free movement without forming relevant folds, except for the neck area where the subcutaneous tissue is laxer. With as little pigmentation as possible, through this increases with the years. An excessive pigmentation of the skin is not accepted. Preference should be given to dogs with black pigmentation of the rims of labial and palpebral mucous membranes.

COAT

HAIR:Uniform, short, plain and smooth to the touch, with an average length of 1,5 to 2 cm. Variable density and thickness according to different climates. In tropical climates the coat is sparse and thin (letting the skin shine though and making pigmented regions visible which is not a cause of penalty). In a cold climate it is thicker and denser and may present an undercoat.

COLOUR: Completely white; only one black or dark coloured patch around the eye may be admitted, provided that it does not cover more than 10% of the head. Between two dogs of equal conformation, the judge should always choose the whiter one.

SIZE:
Height at the withers : Dogs : 62 to 68 cm.
Bitches : 60 to 65 cm.

FAULTS:
Faults

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

SERIOUS FAULTS:

Poor bone and muscle development (weakness).
Nose with little pigmentation.
Pendulous lips.
Small, weak or decayed teeth. Incomplete dentition.
Eyes excessively light; entropion, ectropion.
Barrel chest; keel chest.
Flat ribs.
Excessive angulations of the hindquarters.
Hock too long.
Untypical movement.
Excessive skin pigmentation in young dogs.
Appearance of small areas with coloured hairs.
Unsteady temperament.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS :

Aggressiveness.
Nose without pigmentation.
Over-or undershot mouth.
Light blue eyes; eyes of different colour (heterochromia).
Deafness.
Long coat.
Patches in the body coat. More than one patch on the head.
Height under 60 cm and over 68 cm.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

 

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FCA Dogo Standard

TRANSLATION: Club del Dogo Argentino « Dr Antonio Nores Martinez », Federacion Cinologica Argentina and Mrs. R. Binder.

ORIGIN: Argentina.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD: 29.01.1999.

UTILIZATION: Big game hunting dog.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I.:

Group 2

Schnauzer and Pinscher, Molossians and Swiss Mountain - and Cattledogs.

Section 2.1

Molossian type, Mastiff type. Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: This breed has its origin in the province of Cordoba, in the central (Mediterranean) region of the Republic of Argentina. Its creator was Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, a (renowned) doctor and member of a traditional local family. In 1928, his passion for dogs, perhaps a family legacy, led him to set the bases and a standard for a new dog breed which he named: Dogo Argentino. His work was based upon the methodical crossbreeding of several pure breeds with the « old fighting dog from Cordoba », a dog which was very strong and vigorous but lacked psychic and genetic stability. This local breed had been the product of the crossbreeding among Mastiffs, Bulldogs and Bull Terriers and was widely known and appreciated by fervent dog-fight fans, a very popular activity at the time which embraced all social classes. After a thorough and minute character study and selection, through different generations, Dr. Nores Martinez accomplished his purpose, obtaining the first « family ». At the beginning it was generally considered a dog for fighting but Dr. Nores Martinez's liking for hunting led him to take the dog to one of his habitual hunting trips, where the new breed demonstrated its skills, thus becoming a key figure in all his trips. Thus it became quickly an excellent « big-game hunting dog ». With the passing of time, this adaptating capacity has made this dog very versatile as regards functions; it has proved to be a noble companion and a loyal and insurmountable protector of those it loves. Its strength, tenacity, sharp sense of smell and bravery make it the best dog among those used for hunting wild boars, peccaries, pumas and other country predators which can be found in the vast and heterogeneous areas of the Argentinean territory. Its harmony, balance and its excellent athletic muscles are ideal characteristics for enduring long trips in any weather conditions and then fighting fiercely with the pursued prey. On May 21st 1964, this breed was acknowledged by the Federacion Cinologica Argentina and by the Argentinean Rural Society, which opened their studbook to initiate registry. It was not until July 31st 1973 that the breed was accepted by the Federation Cynologique Internationale as the first and only Argentinean breed, thanks to the great passion, work and effort of Dr. Augustin Nores Martinez, its creator's brother and successor.

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GENERAL APPEARANCE: Molossian normal type, mesomorphic and macrothalic, within the desirable proportions without gigantic dimensions. Its aspect is harmonic and vigorous due to its powerful muscles which stand out under the consistent and elastic skin adhered to the body through a not very lax subcutaneous tissue. It walks quietly but firmly, showing its intelligence and quick responsiveness and revealing by means of his movement his permanent happy natural disposition. Of a kind and loving nature, of a striking whiteness, its physical virtues turn it into a real athlete.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: As a mesomorphic animal, no part stands out from the whole body which is harmonic and balanced. Mesocephalic, its muzzle should be as long as its skull. The height at the withers is equal to the height at the croup. The depth of the thorax equals 50% of the height at the withers. The length of the body exceeds the height at the withers by 10%.

BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT: It is cheerful, frank, humble, friendly, and not a hard barker, always conscious of its power. It should never be aggressive, a trait that should be severely observed. Its domineering attitude makes it continuously compete for territory with specimens of the same sex, most noticeable behavior in males. As a hunter, it is smart, silent, courageous and brave.

HEAD: Of mesocephalic type, it looks strong and powerful, without abrupt angles or distinct chiseling. Its profile shows an upper line, which is concave - convex: convex at the skull because of the prominence of its masticatory muscles and its nape; and slightly concave at the foreface. The head joins the neck forming a strong muscular arch.

CRANIAL REGION: Skull: Compact, convex in the front to back and transverse direction. Its zygomatic arches are far apart from the skull, forming a large temporal cavity, which enables the large development of the temporal muscle. Its occipital bone is not very prominent due to the strong muscles of the nape. The central depression of the skull is slightly noticeable. Stop: Slightly defined, as a transition from the convex skull region to the slightly concave foreface. From the side, it shows a definite profile due to the prominence of the superciliary ridges.

FACIAL REGION: As long as the skull. Nose: Ample nostrils. Black pigmentation. It is slightly elevated forwards, finishing off the concave profile of the muzzle. From the side, the front line is perpendicular and straight, coinciding with the maxillary edge or slightly projected forward. Muzzle: Strong, a bit longer than deep, well developed in width, with sides slightly converging. The upper line is slightly concave, an almost exclusive trait of the Argentinean Dogo. Lips: Moderately thick, short and tight. With free edges, preferably with black pigmentation. Jaws/Teeth: Jaws strong and well adapted; no under-or overshot mouth. The jaws should be slightly and homogeneously convergent. They ensure maximum bite capacity. Teeth big, well developed, firmly implanted in line, looking clean without caries. A complete dentition is recommended, priority being given to the homogeneous dental arches. Pincer bite, though scissor bite is accepted. Cheeks: Large and relatively flat, free from folds, bulges or chiseling, covered by strong skin. Eyes: Dark or hazel coloured, protected by lids preferably with black pigmentation though the lack of pigmentation is not considered a fault. Almond-shaped, set at medium height, the distance between them must be wide. As a whole, the expression should be alert and lively, but at the same time remarkably firm, particularly in males. Ears: High and laterally inserted, set well apart due to the width of the skull. Functionally, they should be cropped and erect, in triangular shape and with a length, which does not exceed 50% of the front edge of the auricle of the natural ear. Without being cropped, they are of mid-length, broad, thick, flat and rounded at the tip. Covered with smooth hair which is a bit shorter than on the rest of the body; they may show small spots, not to be penalized. In natural position they hang down covering the back of the cheeks. When the dog is alert they may be half-erect.

NECK: Of medium length, strong and erect, well muscled, with a slightly convex upper line. Truncated cone-shaped, it joins the head in a muscular arch which hides all bony prominence in this part, and fits to the thorax in a large base. It is covered by a thick and elastic skin that freely slips over the subcutaneous tissue which is a bit laxer than on the rest of the body. It has non-pendent smooth folds at the height of the throat, a fundamental trait for the function of the animal. The coat in this part is slightly longer than on the rest of the body.

BODY: The length of the body (from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttock) exceeds the height at the withers by 10%. Upper line: Level; the withers and the pin bones of the croup are at the same height, constituting the highest points. Withers: Large and high. Back: Large and strong, with fully developed muscles forming a slight slope towards the loins. Loins: Strong and hidden by the developed lumbar muscles which form a median furrow along the spine. Slightly shorter than the dorsal region, rising very slightly to the top of the croup. The development of muscles in the parts of the upper line causes the dogs to show a slightly depressed profile without being actually so, which is enhanced in adults due to the fully developed dorsal and spinal muscles. Croup: Of medium length, large and muscular; slightly showing the tips of both ilium and ischium. Its width is equal or a bit less than that of the thorax; the angle to the horizontal is of about 30°, thus the upper line falling in a slightly convex slope towards the insertion of the tail. Chest: Broad and deep. The tip of the breastbone is level with the tip of the shoulder joint (scapulo-humeral joint) and the sternal line of the thorax is level with the elbow line. Large thorax providing maximum respiratory capacity, with long and moderately curved ribs which join the breastbone at the height of the elbow line. Abdomen: Slightly tucked up beyond the bottom line of the thorax, but never greyhound-like. Strong with good muscular tension as well as in the flanks and loins.

TAIL: Set medium high, with 45° angle to the upper line. Sabre- shaped, thick and long, reaching to the hocks but not further down. At rest it hangs down naturally; when the dog is in action, it is slightly raised over the upper line and constantly moving sidewards. When trotting, it is carried level with the upper line or slightly above.

LIMBS

FOREQUARTERS: As a whole, they form a sturdy and solid structure of bones and muscles, proportionate to the size of the animal. Forelegs straight and vertical, seen from the front or in profile. Shoulders: High and proportioned. Very strong, with great muscular contours without exaggeration. Slanting of 45° to the horizontal. Upper arm: Of medium length, proportionate to the whole. Strong and very muscular, with an 45° angle to the horizontal. Elbows: Sturdy, covered with a thicker and more elastic skin, without folds or wrinkles. Naturally situated against the chest wall of which they seem to be part. Forearm: As long as the upper arm, perpendicular to the horizontal, straight with strong bone and muscles. Pastern joint: Broad and in line with the forearm, without bony prominence or skin folds. Pastern: Slightly flat, well boned, slanting of 70 to 75° to the horizontal plane. Front feet: Rounded; with short, sturdy, very tight toes. Fleshy, hard pads, covered by black and rough-to-the-touch skin.

HINDQUARTERS: With medium angulation. As a whole, they are strong, sturdy and parallel, creating the image of the great power their function requires. They ensure the proper impulsion and determine the dog's characteristic gait. Upper thigh: Length proportionate to the whole. Strong and with fully developed and visible muscles. Coxo-femoral angle close to 100 °. Stifles: Set in the same axis as the limb. Femoral-tibial angle close to 110 °. Lower thigh: Slightly shorter than the upper thigh, strong and with similarly developed muscles. Hock joint / Hock: The tarsus-metatarsus section is short, strong and firm, ensuring powerful propelling of the hind limb. Sturdy hock joint with a noticeable calcaneus (tip of hock). The angle at the hock joint is close to 140°. Sturdy hock, almost cylindrical and at 90° angle to the horizontal. If present, dewclaws should be removed. Hind feet: Similar to forefeet, though slightly smaller and broader, but with the same characteristics.

GAIT / MOVEMENT: Agile and firm; with noticeable modification when showing interest in something, changing into an erect attitude and responding to reflexes quickly, typical for this breed. Calm walk, extended trot, with a good front suspension and a powerful rear propelling. At gallop, the dog shows all of its energy displaying its power fully. The four feet leave simple, parallel traces. Ambling (pacing) is not accepted and is considered a serious fault.

SKIN: Homogeneous, slightly thick, but smooth and elastic. Adhering to the body through a semilax subcutaneous tissue which ensures free movement without forming relevant folds, except for the neck area where the subcutaneous tissue is laxer. With as little pigmentation as possible, through this increases with the years. An excessive pigmentation of the skin is not accepted. Preference should be given to dogs with black pigmentation of the rims of labial and palpebral mucous membranes.

COAT

HAIR: Uniform, short, plain and smooth to the touch, with an average length of 1,5 to 2 cm. Variable density and thickness according to different climates. In tropical climates the coat is sparse and thin (letting the skin shine though and making pigmented regions visible which is not a cause of penalty). In a cold climate it is thicker and denser and may present an undercoat.

COLOUR: Completely white; only one black or dark coloured patch around the eye may be admitted, provided that it does not cover more than 10% of the head. Between two dogs of equal conformation, the judge should always choose the whiter one.

SIZE: Height at the withers: Dogs: 62 to 68 cm. Bitches: 60 to 65 cm.

FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

SERIOUS FAULTS: Poor bone and muscle development (weakness). Nose with little pigmentation. Pendulous lips. Small, weak or decayed teeth. Incomplete dentition. Eyes excessively light; entropion, ectropion. Barrel chest; keel chest. Flat ribs. Excessive angulations of the hindquarters. Hock too long. Untypical movement. Excessive skin pigmentation in young dogs. Appearance of small areas with coloured hairs. Unsteady temperament.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS: Nose without pigmentation. Over-or undershot mouth. Light blue eyes; eyes of different colour (heterochromia). Long coat. Patches in the body coat. More than one patch on the head. Height under 60 cm and over 68 cm. Aggressiveness.

N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Information provided by Club del Dogo Argentino « Dr Antonio Nores Martinez », Federacion Cinologica Argentina and Mrs. R. Binder.

 

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AKC Dogo Standard

General Appearance

The ideal Dogo Argentino is a study in harmony. He is large, powerful, and athletic. His strong head is supported by a thick, but elegant neck that connects to a balanced body, which is sustained by straight, substantial forelegs and very muscular, medium-angulated hindquarters. The Dogo gives the impression of explosive power and energy. Developed to find, chase and catch dangerous game the Dogo must have a good nose, great lung capacity, and a powerful, yet agile, muscular build. His expression is alert and intelligent, with a marked hardness. The Dogo is instantly identifiable by his short, completely white coat.

The Dogo Argentino's head gives him his unique stamp. The combined length of the muzzle and face should be the same length as the skull, and was designed to give the dogo a sufficiently large mouth, both length and width wise, for holding prey. Great value is placed upon this equal lengths ratio of 1:1 and a large mouth.

Judges should first consider the general appearance and overall balance of the Dogo Argentino, with utmost consideration given to type. Special attention is then devoted to the head; followed by individual body components for correctness, and the gait thoroughly evaluated for efficiency.

Size and weight
Ideal height:
Dogs: 23.5 to 25.5 inches.
Bitches: 23.5 to 25 inches.

Approximate Weights:
Dogs: 90lbs to 100lbs
Bitches: 85lbs to 95lbs

Proportion

The combined length of the muzzle and face is the same length as the skull. The withers are slightly higher than the croup. The depth of the chest represents at least 50% of the height at the withers. The body is slightly off-square; the length of body can exceed the height at the withers by up to 10%.

Substance

Substantially-boned and muscular, with a large and powerful head. Females are slightly smaller than males and look feminine, but without weakening substance or structure.

Head

Of mesocephalic type. Powerful and balanced. The line joining the orbital apophyses is equidistant from the occiput and the alveolar ridge of the upper jaw. The craniofacial axes are slightly convergent to parallel.

Skull

Solid and convex, both length and width wise, due to the relief created by the insertion of the powerful biting and nape muscles; these muscles hide the occiput. The cheeks and masseter muscles are large, well defined, and covered with tight skin. The stop is slightly defined, as a transition from the convex skull to the slightly concave foreface. When viewed in profile, the stop appears more defined due to the prominence of the supraorbital ridges (brow).

Expression

Alert and intelligent, with a marked hardness.

Eyes

Medium size, almond shaped, dark or hazelnut in color, protected by thick black or flesh-colored eyelids (black preferred). Sub-frontal position, set wide apart.

Ears

Set at the highest points of the sides of the skull. They must be cropped, erect or semi-erect, and triangular in shape. Length does not exceed 50% of the front edge of the auricle of the ear.

Muzzle and Nose

The top line of the muzzle is nearly level and should not slant down (downfaced), nor should it be overly concave (dishfaced); however, the tip of the nose should have a slight stop at the tip. The nose is completely black and has large nostrils.

Bite and Jaw Structure

The jaw bones are well-developed, strong, and fit together correctly, not being over or undershot. The power of the Dogoaˆ™s bite comes from the angulation on the bottom jaw. Scissor bite is preferred, but pincer bite is acceptable. The lack of molars or premolars is acceptable but undesirable. Teeth should be healthy and large. Broken teeth are not to be penalized on hunting dogs.

Lips

The lips are very short and tight, pigmented in black; never pendulous. Very short lips are demanded so that when the dog is holding prey in his mouth, he can still breath through the commissure at the back corner of his mouth. "Lippy" dogs are to be severely penalized.

Neck

Thick, strong, and arched, yet elegant. The skin is very thick and wrinkled, without forming excessive dewlap. The elasticity of the skin is due to the cellular tissue being very lax.

Back and Topline

The withers and back are very strong, with well defined muscles. The topline is highest at the withers and slightly slopes to the croup. A topline that levels out below the withers is acceptable. A longitudinal groove, created by the relief of the dorsal muscles, runs along the dog's spine. Seen from the side the topline should not have any depression.

Body

Slightly off square. The length of the body (measured from the point of the shoulder to point of the buttock) may exceed the height at the withers by only 10%. The chest is broad and deep, giving the impression of large lungs. The thorax is deep, and when viewed from the front and in profile it extends past the elbows.

The loins are short and muscular. The kidneys are concealed by the dorsal muscles. The underline is well muscled, with only a slight to moderate tuck-up of the abdomen. The croup is muscular, broad and gently sloping. The tail is medium set and long. It is thick at the base and tapers like a saber; does not extend past the hock joint. At rest it hangs down naturally, in action it is raised in an arc with an ample curve. The hair on the tail is short.

Forequarters

Legs are straight, and vertical. Shoulders are laid back, with great muscular development, yet are not exaggerated. The upper arm is the same length as the shoulder; well inclined. Elbows are placed naturally against the chest wall.

Forelegs are as long as the upper leg, and are nearly perpendicular to the ground. They are straight with strong bone and muscles, and when viewed from the front, stand parallel to each other. The pastern joint is broad and in line with the forearm, without bony prominences or skin folds. The pastern is rather flat, well boned; seen from the side it is slightly inclined, without exaggeration. The front feet have short and tight-fitting toes; pads are strong, thick, and preferably black.

Hindquarters

Broad, with very muscular thighs and short rear pasterns. Normally angulated. Strong hocks, perpendicular to the ground, neither turned in or out. Rear feet similar to front feet but slightly smaller. Without dewclaws. The stifles are well angulated.

Coat

Uniform, short, smooth, with an average length of .5 to .75 in.

Color

The hair must be entirely white. The whole length of the hair shaft is white. Spotty coats and excessive ticking are unacceptable. The only tolerable patch is one black or dark-colored patch of hair on the head in front of the ears. The size of the spot must not exceed 10% of the head. Comparing two dogs of equal quality, the whiter is preferred. The eyelids and lips are preferably pigmented in black. Black pigmented skin anywhere on the dog is acceptable.

Gait

Agile and firm with noticeable modification when showing interest in something, changing into an attitude of alertness and responding with quick reflexes. Viewed from the side, proper front and rear angulation is manifested in a smoothly efficient, level-backed, ground covering stride with a powerful drive emanating from the rear. Viewed from the front or rear, the legs are parallel but converge towards the centerline as speed increases. The Dogoaˆ™s gait should always appear harmonious and balanced, showcasing his solid and sound body construction.

Character and Temperament

The Dogo is a strong, tenacious and rustic dog that was created to protect family and property, as well as to hunt large game and destructive predators. He is a faithful companion at home and in the field. Of all of the Dogo's attributes, he is, above all else, courageous.

 

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