Europe, Asia, and Canada produce the most popular dog breeds in the world. However, Latin America, produce some pretty popular dog breeds. Below are five of these interesting breeds. In case you are in search of a Napolitan Mastiff in Spanish then just Google “venta de mastin napolitano en Bogota“.
1. Dogo Argentino
This breed of dog is from the southern part of South America and was bred to hunt but it has however gained a reputation as a fighting dog. The Dogo was bred to hunt in a pack and so they were not allowed to fight one another. Therefore, it is not a fighting dog and its reputation as a fighting dog is undeserved.
The Dogo is large, weighing 45 kilos and it is muscular and solid white with few markings. Around 10% of these dogs are deaf, while some suffer from hip dysplasia, a big dog disease.
It has a life expectancy of 10 years. It is also good with the animals around the homestead and with their families but it has been banned in New Zealand, Norway, Israel, UK, Denmark, Iceland and other countries and cities.
2. Fila Brasileiro
The Fila was bred to guard the livestock. This dog is large and a great tracker that is also used to hunt large game. The Fila likes to grab the prey by the neck and then hold the prey down until the owner arrives. This is a normal behavior for them.
The Fila is 50 kilos in weight with a loose skin and a long muzzle like a Bloodhound. Most Fila dogs have a black mask and are fawn, black, or brindle. With an average life expectancy of around 10 years, the Fila has some health problems like bloat, hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia common to most large dogs.
The Fila is not a fighting dog but due to their strength and aggressiveness, they have been banned in Cyprus, Denmark, Israel, UK, Malta, Norway, and other countries.
3. Peruvian Hairless Dog
The Peruvian hairless has little hair on the top of its head, the tail, or feet, but has hair nowhere else. Some Peruvian hairless are small weighing 8 kilos but can also be medium at 25 kilos. The dog is slender and clean and its skin requires extra care. Some Peruvian hairless require sunscreen in hot areas and coats in cold areas.
The Peruvian hairless suffers from skin lesions and epilepsy while some suffer from bowel problems. This dog is sought after by seekers looking for a healthy, hairless and clean dog.
4. Brazilian Terrier
The Brazilian Terrier is small and is referred to as Fox Paulistinha in Brazil. The dog is 15 inches at the shoulders and it is very active. When out in upcountry, they ran after all wild animals, small or large. They also ran after and kill chickens, rabbits, cats, hamsters, ducks, geese and any other animal. Most of these dogs are healthy and free from diseases. They make good watchdogs. They need to be walked a lot of times in a day to keep them from being destructive, in the case they are kept indoors.
This dog is the smallest in Latin America and was bred in the northernmost parts. The Chihuahua is less than 3 kilos and can be born in any color.
The Chihuahua can suffer from hydrocephalus, Luxating patella, heart murmurs, epilepsy, and tracheas.
Its eyes have to be maintained cleaned to prevent infection. Its puppies require feeding after 2hours to avoid low blood sugar and its teeth should be brushed every day to avoid dental infections. To avoid low life expectancy due to obesity, the Chihuahua’s food is limited as they grow older. However, if everything is handled well, it can live between 15-20 years.
The above dog breeds represent most types of dogs ranging from luxury dogs like the Chihuahua to hunting dogs like the Dogo. At least now you know that the Chihuahua is a Latin American dog. Other luxury dogs such as the Bernese Mountain can be found in Latin America, so you would only need to type in Google “venta de Bernés de la Montaña en Bogota“.