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Re: 1st dogo pup
Posted by Dogojones on 12/22/2011, 6:17 pm, in reply to "Re: 1st dogo pup"
I consider myself a dogo enthusiast and I've study the breed intensely. My family owns one of Marcelo's dogs and we have 6 others from other lines. We have three rescue Dogos who were bred in the U.S. No matter bow much research I did. it still didn't prepare me for the breed. What help me , was being a hunter and using that experience to handle the breed. This breed is a predator and you can train till the cows come home, the fact remains your dogo will look for something to capture in order to satisfy his prey drive. As the Dogo starts to mature you will see a change not only in physical appearance but his/her strength. For example your dogo may play with dogs at the park from about age 4 months till 10 months. Then one day your dogo may not be as friendly to the dogs as before. His interest may change from playing fetch to what's that moving in the bushes and when the other dogs what to continue to play he will let them know that hes not in the mood for games. Your dogo may even let other dogs dominate him during his youth but trust me once he fills out, there want be any more face to face licking or sniffing his butt. This is not a scare reply it's my experience. There are plenty of rescues in the U.S. b/c people see this big white dog in fall in love with it but when the dog reaches 12-15 months then they wonder what did I get myself into or as soon as new addition to the family comes along it's all bets are off. The dogo is a great breed especially for families. No excessive barking, plays with children, easy to introduce to people and will follow you around like a shadow. Reading , study and visiting Dogos are great. it shows you're willing to put in the work. But IMO if you really want to see what this dog can be like, go on a hunt with someone b/c videos don't do it any justice. After that you will know if you ready for a dogo. As one fellow dogo owner once told me a tired dogo is a good dogo. Let me be clear, I'm not saying you have to hunt but you will have to find a alternative outlet for this breed. Daily walks and bicycle rides want be enough IMO .Good luck.
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