Dogo Sardesco-The Sardinian Native
Dogo Sardesco is a native working dog of Sardinia and it is quite unknown outside mainland Italy. It has been
employed for general farm purposes like herding cattle because of its aggressive and loyal demeanor. As a farm dog,
the breed has become an animal of necessity to the farming community of the rural countryside.
Although it has been domiciled in Sardinia, it is quite difficult to determine or
trace the origin of Dogo Sardesco but dog pundits support the view that it has common ancestry with other canines
such as the Neapolitan mastiff which descended from the Cane Presa breed in Italy. Dog pundits believe it has been
in existence for more than 3000 years and was domiciled in the ancient Roman Empire as war dogs.
Very little documented evidence exists about the true heritage of Dogo
Sardesco and so considerable doubt abounds on the nature of the original breed. This confusion is heightened
by the reports that there exist two breeds. However, on close examination, one will find that linguistic mix
up is what causes much of confusion for some breed that is linked to the Sardinian Dogo.
The Dogo Sardesco is a short haired bulldog with a muscular body and coarse coat.
Prominent facial features include an extended muzzle and a firm skin. Its stamina is a function of the strong legs
and neck coupled with the agility of a lean body which gives it immense power. The head is more pronounced
with round eyes and the jaws powerful with a set of well aligned teeth. One can spot differences in the shades of
the eyes in different dogs.
This Sardinian breed has well developed bones and a muscular athletic body.
Generally, they measure 56-68 cm at the shoulders and on average they weigh 30-45 kg. Nevertheless, there are
allowances to both height and weight depending on how the dog is raised.
With its impressive herding and guarding abilities, this breed has remained the
favorite herding dog for the cattle rearing community in Sardinia and Italy. It is also a reliable guarding dog and
its aggressive predisposition also makes it a good hunting dog. Some breeders keep this breed for fighting because
of its fierce demeanor and good stamina which gives it unusual power.
Tamed Dogo Sardesco breeds can be quite gentle and reserved unless provoked to act
with savagery by their natural instincts. Those who own these dogs can be quick to note the two extremes under
different circumstances. As guardian dogs, their severe looks can be quite intimidating to strangers and when
coupled by fierce temperament, intruders will not have anywhere to run to and so owners can be assured of the
safety of their property from intruders.
Interestingly, this breed can respond with equal affection and be good natured to the
owners when taken good care of. Training and socialization is important if the dog has savage tendencies. A good
dog handler can make a typical Dogo Sardesco less troublesome especially when in the company of another