Dogo Sardo (Dogo Sardesco, Cane Sardo, Sardinian Shepherd Dog o Sardinian Doge) It is a breed of dog of Italian origin used as a watchdog of properties, livestock guardian dog, combat and working dog, in general.
It is a rare breed and quite unknown outside Italy, the Dogo Sardo was developed in the villages of Sardinia as a dog trotting type suitable for all types of work. From an aggressive guardian, an excellent pastor for the protection of livestock and a delicate and careful with their flocks farmer, up a fierce wrestler.
The breed Dogo Sardo is so valued by the people of Sardinia that - usually- they refuse to sell their puppies to foreigners.
The fact that the pups born and raise in Sardinia, contributed to make it difficult to determine the inheritance of the race. It is almost certain that their offspring is the same root as the rest of the old dogs with similar features that existed in the middle ages, shared legacy with the Neapolitan Mastiff, Italian Corso Dog, Calabrese Bucciriscu and others.
For more confusion the population of Sardinia, It argues that there are two breeds separated from Dogo Sardo, one would be the Fonnese Pastore, which is a shepherd dog long-haired, and the other the real Dogo Sardo to, locally, It is known as Pertiatzu Cani and has short hair, like the Cane Corso . This confusion comes from this name Fonnese Mastino has wrongly been used to nominate the Dogo Sardo.
In reality the Fonnese Mastino (or Mastiff Fonnese) is the variety of smooth layer of race Fonnese Pastore (Pastor Fonnese o Fonnese Sheepdog), born from the crossing of a Fonnese Pastor with a Dogo Sardo.
Returning to our protagonista… The Dogo Sardo is a very muscular and athletic dog, a working dog, differs from the Cane Corso, in some distinctive facial features such as its long snout and more attached to the body skin. Some Dogo Sardo were raised in rural areas have characteristics quite lupoides (the longer snout than normal), but in these cases... its purity is questionable.
The body of the Dogo Sardo is thin and strong, with a powerful neck and limbs of equal features. The ears are usually cropped, and in some cases they are almost completely eliminated, While the tail can be cut or not.
While there is not a standard on the Dogo Sardo, Several experts agree that these dogs have an average altitude of 56 to 68 cm to the cross and a weight of 30 to 45 kg, but not this parameter can be set, is just orientative.
It has a huge head, with muscles in the cheeks (that they are handed down), has the snout - slightly- shorter than the skull, teeth strong and bite in scissors.
His eyes are amber (in different shades). The layer of hair is short and very thick hair (comparable to the boar), even the striped layer in one of its various shades resembles a boar, they are rarely white.
The appearance of the Dogo Sardo denotes elegance, power and wildness at the same time.
It tends to be very attached to the family (especially with the children), and distant with strangers and do not tolerate other males by his dominant spirit. It is very good for the guard.