Hi! New to the boards here and I had a question, which might seem totally ignorant, and I apologize beforehand for it for my lack of knowledge!
I've been reading a lot of stuff here, and it makes me second-guess my desire to have a Dogo as my next dog. My search criteria were as follows: large size, dog-tolerant (at the very least), very social with people especially children, excellent guarding abilities, and potential for SAR. Dogos seemed like they might fit that well, does that sound about right? And I have loved the few examples of the breed I've met. However, I won't be hunting with my dog. Will SAR or other activities/sports (whatever they enjoy most) be enough for a Dogo? I hike, bike, and backpack my dogs regularly, so exercise isn't an issue, but if the working drive is very strong in today's Dogos, I don't want to deprive my dog. Does that make sense? Like how although I like Catahoulas, I wouldn't have one without stock for them to work. Is it to that extent?
My other concern is that well-bred Dogos seem to have a LOT of drive, perhaps more than I would enjoy working with. My American, show-bred Doberman right now is content as a companion and only goes into the zone when she's playing an intense game of fetch/flirt pole or training. Never having trained or worked with a well-bred Dogo, I can't tell if we're a good match, my only personal experience with them were lots of kisses. Maybe there's another breed that someone can compare their working style with?
Sorry for these lengthy questions! I just want to make sure I know what I'm getting myself into, Dogos aren't all that common in San Diego!
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