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How do I know if my Dogo Argentino is "Show Quality"
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Remember, there is NO perfect dog -- some just meet the standard far better than others. 

Please keep in mind that the following are my own opinions and interpretation of the standard.
The first thing I always notice in poor breeding examples are the front legs of a dogo. On a dogo w/correct front legs, you should be able to "draw a rectangle" between the ground, their legs & their chest. Their toes are to point forward.  The front end on a Dogo is NOT to look like the front end on a bulldog. I don't care what the dog's bloodlines are or how many champions are in its background, if their legs are not straight, and/or their feet are pointing to the sides, this is a VERY incorrect front end & its cropping up more & more.  **Some heavy boned puppies do go through an awkward stage around 4-9 months of age, however, MOST DO NOT.

The 2nd thing I notice in poorly bred dogos is their topline. The rear is NOT supposed to be higher than the shoulders. If it is higher, this is NOT a disqualifying fault, but a flaw -- that is VERY difficult to breed away from.

The 3rd thing I notice is the rear end - the back legs are to have some angulation to them. toes pointing forward & their pasterns are to be perpendicular with the ground. Unfortunately, judges often overlook the rear end on a dogo due to being mesmorized by the rest of the dogo.

The 4th thing I notice is the head.  The muzzle (measured diagonally from nose to where jaw connects w/skull) should be the same length as the distance between eyes & top of skull between ears. muzzles that are too long or too short are incorrect

The 5th thing I notice is overall "type." Dalmatians are also to have the 4 characteristics mentioned above, however, due to "type" they are distinctly different. The Dogo is to look like a Dogo.  IMO, a Dogo who looks like a dogo, but has a short muzzle, feet that point east & west, a high rear and is cow-hocked, is still a better example of the breed than one who looks like a white Dalmatian.
The above 5 problematic traits can occur in any bloodlines, when they all 5 occur on one single dog -- that is a HUGE sign of very poor breeding. If the dog exhibits two or more of these characteristics, than IMO, it is NOT show quality. There are many other charcteristics to consider when determining show quality, including among others, bite, feet, neck, eye placement and even temperament.

The breed has only been in the US for about 20 years, not long enough to be "ruined" to the extent that other breeds have been. 

When a judge is judging a Dogo, cosmetics - such as pigment, coat ticking, eye color (china eyes are DQ) & earset are the last things that they judge.
I've noticed that the judges seem to be most interested in type and movement on the Dogo. The Dogo is supposed to be an agile dog. The judges are looking for a smooth moving dog that looks the part. When the dog moves, its back feet should follow in the footsteps of the front feet. Thus being the reason that so many show pictures show the dog moving w/its feet almost touching underneath it.
It is RARE to have a typey dogo w/correct topline, rear, correct head and correct movement, with a confident outgoing temperament and no cosmetic flaws.  When a puppy who exhibits these characteristics is born, he is deemed show quality.  Unfortunately for myself & many other breeders, the best examples of the litter often have hearing problems or cosmetic faults such as glass eyes or body spots (not coat ticking, but spots like on Snoopy).  All normal hearing puppies are NOT show quality.

Is My Dogo Breeding Quality?
     If your Dogo Argentino is deemed to be show quality AND it has normal hearing, and has gone through a battery of other health and temperament tests and overall represents the breed well, then yes, it is possible that he/she is also of breeding quality.
   When I sell a "show quality" puppy, I DO NOT guarantee that it will also be of breeding qualilty.

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