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3 Things Gun Dog Breeders Want Buyers to Know Before Getting a Dogo Argentino

By    |   Saturday, 19 Dec 2015 01:56 AM

Dogos Argentinos, also known as Argentinian mastiffs, have built a reputation for being great pets at home and terrific companions for hunters. However, before purchasing one of these muscular yet gentle giants, gun dog breeders believe buyers should be aware of three important characteristics of these dogs.

1. Dual Nature
Hunters have used Dogos Argentinos to track and catch wild prey for hundreds of years. Their athletic, sturdy build and fierce, aggressive nature combined with their ability to follow even the slightest scent make Dogos excellent aides in hunts for big and small game alike, according to the Hunting Dogos website. These dogs are fearless, willing to attack, subdue and kill much larger wild boar at an instant.

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Despite this aggression, Argentinian mastiffs are also gentle, loving pets. They crave affection from both children and adults and will faithfully lie on their owner's feet in the living room for hours on end. Dogos are able to control both sides of their dual nature, only directing their aggressiveness at their prey or at someone who attacks or burglarizes their family.

2. Alpha Dog
Argentine Dogos have been bred to be pack leaders in hunts, so meek and passive owners are not the right buyers for this breed. If you buy a Dogo, you must be ready to establish your leadership immediately through firm but loving actions. Argentinian mastiffs will seek to assume leader status in a family if they sense that the home is missing a strong alpha leader, but they will fall in line and submit to both adults and children in your family if your family members demonstrate strong, confident, caring leadership from the outset, according to Pet Wave.

3. Aggression Toward Other Dogs
As a natural leader, Argentinian mastiffs can be confrontational with other dogs, according to the Dog Breed Info Center. Dogos typically will not start the confrontation; however, they will respond aggressively if they sense that another dog is dangerous or unstable.

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To avoid this type of behavior, owners will need to begin obedience training when their Dogos are puppies. They will also need to demonstrate strong leadership, communicating to their dog that "it is not his job to put another dog in his place," according to the Dog Breed Info Center. Early socialization around other dogs and pets also helps young mastiffs grow accustomed to having other animals around and how to respond to them without being threatened or seeing them as a threat.

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Dogos Argentinos have built a reputation for being great pets at home and terrific companions for hunters. However, before purchasing one of these muscular yet gentle giants, gun dog breeders believe buyers should be aware of three characteristics.
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