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familyIn 2007, the phrase "can we have a dog " became all too often in a household of six kids. The truth is, my wife and I shared a passion for dogs, but cringed at the idea because of our early marriage failures at dog ownership. I could not understand where my wife and I went wrong, especially, since we both grew up in homes with well mannered dogs, and so the obvious answer we gave was: "Lets wait till we get a larger house." We had a pretty successful run of ignoring our kids requests until 2009. We purchased a larger house, and, once again, the question was resurrected with reminder attached, "You said if we buy a bigger house." So I had no choice but to attach an ultimatum that was sure to fail: "If all 4 of you kids bring me straight A's on your report card, we will buy a dog." After noticing the kids coming home from school assisting each other with homework, checking their grades online, tutoring, and studying as hard as they could, my wife and I felt doomed! This was the first time in my adult life where I did not mind them slacking and even conspiring how to sabotage their efforts, but deep down inside I was a proud father!

I grew up with Doberman Pinschers and my wife grew up with Rottweilers, so we naturally had two very different views on which was the world's best breed. In order to end the feud (sleeping on the couch), we hesitantly opted out from both breeds and embarked on a journey on finding the next breed to join our family. Months have gone by and our research has only added to the confusion to which dog would be best suited. We were still miles apart from any decisions, and the children were growing antsy, but one thing we did agree on were the characteristics we felt we ideal:

  • nenastompsLarge breed (Equally Agreed)
  • Molosser/ Bully Type (My Idea)
  • 1 coat (Her Idea)
  • Athletic (My Idea)
  • Great with kids (Equally Agreed)
  • Friendly with people (Equally Agreed)
  • Easy to train (My Idea)
  • Smart(Equally Agreed)
  • Easy Grooming (Her Idea)
  • Calm (Her Idea)
  • Not many health Issues (Equally Agreed)

On one lazy Saturday morning, during a Netflix marathon, the kids and I stumbled across a National Geographic documentary called "The Science of Dogs". The documentary's narrator opened up with "And no breed better represents the human desire to make the perfect dog, than the Dogo Argentino". I immediately dove into my smartphone to research, and, by the time the Dogo Argentino segment in the documentary was done, I was blown away! Before we made a definite decision, we wanted to take a few months to research and, after absorbing all the information available online or in hardcover books, it seemed that everything we read about the Dogo Argentino just felt right.

Now that the Dogo Argentino was the decided breed, we knew we had some soul searching to do to get over our fears of early marriage failures at dog ownership. Luckily, running small businesses and having a large family taught us that success starts at the very top, and, in order to achieve success, you had to be equipped with the right information and the right people to help you along the way. I have bought dozens of books, downloaded countless ebooks and training videos from Cesar Millan (the dog Whisperer), Don Sullivan (The Perfect Dog), Leerburg (Leerburg.com), Jack & Wendy Volhard (Dog Training for Dummies), and much more! We have also got involved with, and under the supervision, one of Chicago's most successful dog trainer, who is currently in Hollywood, California putting together a reality television show!

finawandaFinally, we were at the point in our lives where we were confident, faced our fears, educated ourselves, and the only thing left to do was find the perfect Dogo Argentino puppy. It was a Saturday morning when we received an email from a dog trainer friend that had a link attached with some Dogo Argentino puppies for sale in Mason City, Iowa. After looking into the litter, we realized that both parents of the puppies were from the exact same breeder located in Buenos Aires, Argentina that we decided to get a puppy from! After emailing the breeder in Argentina and verifying that both dogs were from his kennel, everything was a go. Within 2 hours, we were packed and on our way from Chicago to Mason City, Iowa (6.5 hours away) with a van stuffed to the rim with kids! It took about a year and a half since we decided to get a companion, from researching the perfect breed, educating ourselves, overcoming our fears, to now, driving home with our new companion Stomps (What a ride)...........

So, here we are today. The proud owners of two beautiful Dogo Argentinos, Stomps our first, and Fina, who was imported directly from Argentina from the breeder whom we admired (and a ultimately inspired the last minute 6.5 hour drive with six kids). Never in a million years did we imagine ourselves owning another dog let alone breeding a litter of Dogo Argentinos. Stomps and Fina have added so much onto our families lives and we wanted to share this experience with others.

 

 

 

 

Working Dogo Giveaway!

We understand the importance of acknowledging one of the most significant aspect of the Dogo Argentino, and that is to hunt. So in honor of the Martinez brothers, we are setting out to find a company or organization that can put one of our Dogo Argentino puppies to work free of charge, and if succeful, will be eligible for more! Unfortunately, we are only looking for a professional organization and/or business geared towards the extermination/removal of feral hogs, and they must be able to train a puppy in the art of tracking and hunting.

Hunters must fill out the Martinez Brothers Working Dogo Argentino Giveaway Application. This will help us determine which will be the best suited atmosphere for the puppies! Winner wil be anounced in December 2013 and our pup will shipped in time for the holidays to begin its training.  Good Luck and Happy Huntings!! 

History

Dr. Martinez 2"To propose an idea, you can tolerate the fact that you become wrapped up in it because passion is the motor, it is the propulsive force of an idea; ideas born without passion are born dead."
-Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez

In the early 1900's, 2 brothers, Antonio and Agustin, were born to Antonio Nores Sr., and Isabel Martinez Berroetaran Martinda in the city of Cordoba, Argentina. In 1925 Antonio, 18, and Agustin, 17, with a passion for dogs, decided to develop a big game hunting dog that was also a loving companion. Antonio began the blueprint, and the idea was born.

cordobafighting dogAntonio's fondness of the Viejo Perro De Pelea Cordobés (Old Fighting Dog of Cordoba), led him to use this specific breed as the base of his design. Due to its aggressive nature, they understood that this breed was not ideal for hunting in packs but believed that the breeds extraordinary courage and fighting spirit were paramount to the design. The goal was to introduce other breeds that would contribute to the dogs height, sense of smell, hunting instincts, and eliminate their useless aggression towards other dogs.

In the early 1900s, landowners, who imported wild boars, fell into financial problems and neglected fence maintenance. The wild boars managed to escape, mate with domestic boars, and without a natural predator, they spread like a plague, destroyed farmlands and valuable agriculture. As a result, Monteria Criolla was initiated to help control the growing population of the boars. Monteria Criolla was a style of hunting, which can be traced back to the middle ages where, on horseback, noblemen hunted wild boars with knives, spears, and a pack of dogs. In order for the Monteria to be successful , a scenting dogs, sighthounds, tracking dogs, etc. were needed to handle the task.

Dr. Antonio and his younger brother set forth in creating a companion in the Monteria that only required one dog that could handle the task of many. In order to achieve this design, the brothers added 9 different breeds to the Fighting Dog of Cordoba. Each of these breeds served a purpose:

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Fighting Dog of Cordoba:
  extraordinary courage and fighting spirit;
Pointer:  a keen sense of smell;
Great Dane:  height;
Bull Terrier:  fearlessness;
Dogue de Bordeaux:  powerful jaws;
English Bulldog:  full chest and boldness;
Boxer:  intelligence and gentleness;
Irish Wolfhound:  hunting instincts;
Great Pyrenees:  a beautiful white coat to be visible during the hunt;
Spanish Mastiff:  gave the dog power. (Arguable).

In 1947 the Dogo Argentino was officially presented in the province of San Luis, Argentina. Antonio organized an exhibition which fought one of his dogs against a wild boar and puma. The Dogo was the only surviving victor in both exhibitions proving his design successful.

pic1In 1964, about 20 years later, the Cinologic Federation of Argentina and the Argentine Rural Society finally acknowledged the rare breed. 10 years after that, the Argentine Kennel Club and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale had their attention drawn to the breed as well. In 2001, the Dogo Argentino's name traveled over to North America and the United Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club also recognized the breed.

 "I have personally witness the sacrifices of my brother, Antonio, to form a new breed, his anxieties, his sorrows, his debilitation, and his hopes until the culmination of his work. Thinking of him and seeing the fruits of his efforts, I have not wanted his dream made real, to disappear. Therefore, since his death twelve years ago, I have continued his work of selection. Upon his death the breed was perfectly defined, but obtaining official recognition, keeping a genealogical register, and trying to make the standards as they were fixed many years ago has been my work of continuity."

-Dr. Agustin Nores Martinez

 

 

 

 

 

 

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