I work in a hotel for pets where I see all the usual breeds come in. While I have my favorite of what I would call 'common breeds', we have a regular who is an Argentine Mastiff, and I had never heard the breed before meeting her, but I think I'm in love! Just wondering if I lived under a rock, or if this is an uncommon breed (at least in the u.s)
Oh yeah, a Dogo Argentino! I would say they are uncommon. I certainly have never seen one in person, and I imagine if I weren’t so involved with knowing all things dog, I wouldn’t hear about them either. They are actually banned in certain countries like Ukraine, Iceland, Australia, Singapore & the United Kingdom for being ~dangerous~, but they are good dogs™
The Dogo Argentino was created in the 1920s by crossing a whole heck of a lot of breeds. A now extinct breed called the Cordoba Fighting Dog (which was a Mastiff, Bull Terrier, English Bulldog, and Boxer mix) was mixed with Great Dane, Boxer, Spanish Mastiff, Old English Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Great Pyrenees, Pointer, Irish Wolfhound and Dogue de Bordeaux!