Cordoba Fighting Dog

The Cordoba Fighting Dog is an extinct dog breed that originated in Argentina. Popular in dog fighting pits and for hunting, this highly aggressive was actually a crossbreed of the:

  • Bull Terrier
  • Mastiff
  • Old English Bulldog.

Appearance of the Cordoba Fighting Dog

The Fighting Dog of Cordoba was large and agile, reaching an average height of around 25 inches. Although they were usually white in color, multicolor coats have also been seen in this breed. Other physical characteristics of the Fighting Dog of Cordoba include:

  • broad shoulders
  • cropped ears
  • excellent agility and strength
  • muscular builds
  • wide chests.

Temperament of the Cordoba Fighting Dog

The Cordoba Fighting Dog was highly aggressive and fierce, which made it an excellent fighter and hunter. As a result, were these dogs still around today, they would not made good pets. Cordoba Fighting Dogs were so highly dog aggressive that they preferred fighting to mating, and they often had unstable temperaments. Due to their size, strength and aggression, they would have been dangerous around most people and any other dogs.

When Cordoba Fighting Dogs were used as hunting dogs, they could not hunt in a large pack because of their extreme aggression toward other dogs. These dogs traditionally hunted in a pack of two, a male and a female. Larger groups would turn on their pack mates and abandon the hunt in favor of a fight.

Causes of Extinction

Many factors led to the extinction of the Cordoba Fighting Dog. During the time when dog fighting was most popular, Cordoba Dogs were highly prized as fighters, but there was little demand for them outside the ring. Many of these dogs died in the ring as a result of injuries they received from fighting.

Over-breeding also led to many problems in the breed, including:

  • deafness
  • skin problems
  • unstable temperaments.

As pit fighting for dogs became illegal in more places around the world, many breeders had less incentive to continue reproducing this type of dog.

In addition, because Cordoba Fighting Dogs were so highly aggressive with other dogs, mating was not always successful. In fact, males would sometimes attack and kill females during mating, eclipsing the possibility of pregnancy and new generations of these dogs.

Living Relatives of the Cordoba Fighting Dog

The Cordoba Fighting Dog may be gone, but his blood runs through some breeds of dogs still alive today. One of the most notable descendants of the Cordoba Fighting Dog is the Dogo Argentino. Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez and Augustin Nores Maritinez were responsible for creating this new breed of dog during the 1920s. The goal of the Martinez brothers was to temper the Cordoba Dog”s ferocity and ability to hunt big game with a sense of loyalty and the ability to succeed at being a home and family guardian.

The Martinez brothers used the Cordoba Fighting Dog as part of their foundation stock to create the Dogo Argentino. They also added:

  • the Boxer (for intelligence)
  • the Bulldog (for chest width)
  • the Bull Terrier (for fearlessness)
  • the Dogue de Bordeaux (for jaw strength)
  • the Great Dane (for size)
  • the Great Pyreness (for white coat and size)
  • the Irish Wolfhound (for hunting instinct and speed)
  • the Spanish Mastiff (for power.)

The resulting Dogo Argentino has a stable temperament and is usually loving with children. Due to its size and strength, dog trainers recommend that you always supervise interaction between a child and a Dogo Argentino. However, in general, the Dogo Argentino is playful and enjoys being part of family activities.

This breed also makes an excellent guard dog. Due to its size and strength, the Dogo Argentino needs to have a dominant and experienced owner. These dogs also need to be socialized early to ensure proper behavior with other dogs and unfamiliar humans.


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