Outside of Italy a breed of dog is still used …

Outside of Italy a breed of dog is still used as a pet, watchdog, livestock guardian, a working dog. The Dogo Sardo is rare and literally unknown outside Italy rarely seen outside of it’s native region. The breed is so valued to the people of Sardinia from where it was developed that they refuse to sell puppies to foreigners. The breed today continues to serve as a Breed of Purpose.

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For hundreds of years pups born and raised in Sardinia as stated above hardly were sold and because of this, its been difficult to determine the genetics of the breed. It is believed to some certainty that their offspring is of the same genetic root as dogs of the past with similar features that existed in the middle ages, sharing a legacy with the Neapolitan Mastiff, Cane Corso and others.

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Although considered a purebred in its own right, the breed is not recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and because of this no breed standard has been placed nor written rules to regulate its characteristics.

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Sharing similarities to its cousin the Cane Corso, its body is thinner, athletic and muscular, with a powerful neck and distinctive Cane head with a longer muzzle. Ears are usually cropped, tail is optional. As previously stated, their is no known standard for the Dogo Sardo, but experts agree that dogs have an average height of 23 to 26inches at the shoulders and a weight of 60 to 90lbs but its not set in stone.

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Its coat is short and very thick (comparable to a boar) and evenly striped in various shades resembling a boar, but rarely white. The appearance of the Dogo Sardo denotes elegance, power and wildness at the same time.

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