Well, a dogo is supposed to be a pack hunting dog. Character-wise, the standard calls for "frank, humble, cheerful, friendly". On the flip side, they're bred not to bark game, since a running hog can put a lot of space between the dogs and themselves if they hear them coming, and there are some interesting quotes from the early days of dogo breeding about how that plays out in a property guardian situation... so you're right to note that there's not a lot of vocalization there. But their body language isn't any different from any other breed.
Originally Posted by RitaRose
I wouldn't be afraid of dogos, in general, but it seems like it might be worth your while to contact the owner and ask to be introduced to the dog if only to alleviate your own fear. Dogos have a fantastic sense of character and I've never had issues with anyone coming into my house without me present who had reason to be there. They can definitely sense "sketchiness" though and if you're nervous and acting suspicious that alone is a draw. There was a recent issue of The Dog Whisperer that focused on a pool cleaner who was generally fearful of dogs, which I know isn't your issue, but it had a great review of body language and how to tell a "still, silent" aggressive dog from an unconcerned animal who just isn't paying you much attention. A dog that is "staring" at you is definitely telling you something.
There are a handful of breeds I'd be far more cautious about than these, though, at least in terms of human-reactive breeding history.
I think there's a lot of "urban legend" about dogos going around with municipal workers. I was walking down the street with my dogo just minding our own business and sniffing the flowers when a couple line workers with the local utility board stopped what they were doing, jumped up and scrambled backward off the curb to avoid us. They both had instantly recognized him and said some yahoo did a "presentation" on dangerous dog breeds and scared the shit out of everyone in the building. I gave them my card and volunteered to bring my dog in and show them what a friendly dog looks like (as opposed to a watchful, aggressive dog of any breed) but never got a phone call.
Do you run into many dogos in your area?
Last edited by mixie; 02-24-2012 at 08:13 AM.
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