20 South American Dog Breeds
20) Fila Brasileiro (Brazil)
Lets start the video with one of the most popular South American breed, the Fila Brasileiro, also known as the Brazilian Mastiff. It is a very large, strong working breed that is known for its incredible tracking abilities. This is a naturally protective breed, which is bred to ve wary of strangers and agressive.
19) Mucuchí (Venezuela)
The only Venezuelan dog breed is an extraordinary sheepdog and good guard. They are also known as Venezuelan Sheepdogs. It is a very intelligent, active breed, that is extremely devoted and loyal to its family, but alert and suspicious with strangers.
18) Dogo Argentino (Argentina)
Another extremely strong dog, this time from Argentina. It was developed from already extinct Cordoba fighting dog and some other breeds, including the Great Dane. It is a very versatile worker which is a great big game hunter, but they were also used as guards, police or military dogs. It is naturally protective courageous and brave dog.
17) Cimarrón Uruguayo (Urugay)
This strong Mastiff type of a dog from Uruguay is a muscular, compact and large dog, typically with brindle coat. Just like the Dogo Argentino, this is a versatile and smart dog, used for many purposes, including guarding, hunting or sometimes even herding.
16) Brazilian Dogo (Brazil)
This is a dog breed developed by crossing a Bull Terrier with a Boxer in the 1970s. They tend to be physically stronger than both parent breeds. It is a great guardian with stable temperament and great loyalty to its owners and family
15) Peruvian Hairless dog (Peru)
First Hairless dog breed in this video is from Peru and it comes in three size varieties – small, medium and large. The size can vary from 25 – 65 cm, which is 10-26 inches and 4-25 kg, which is 9-55 pounds. This is an ancient breed in the history of Peru, depicted in pre-Incan art
14) Campeiro Bulldog (Brazil)
Probably a descendant of Old English Bulldog, the Campeiro Bulldog is very powerful medium sized dog breed that is very gentle and loyal to its owners. They are naturally suspicious with strangers, which makes them great guards.
13) Colombian fino hound (Colombia)
On the first sight, this Colombian breed is a scenthound. Especially the long floppy ears and coat is typical for many other scenthounds around the world. The Colombian fino hound is a hard working dog with big stamina. This breed tends to be little bit stubborn and independent, which is a needed while hunting, but at home they tend to be pretty affectionate and friendly, even with kids.
12) Gaucho Sheepdog (Brazil)
This Brazilian herder is pretty similar in appearance with the Border Collies and even though we are not sure about the breeds ancestry, it is possible that Border Collies were used in the breeds development, next to old Brazilian herding dogs and Rough Collies. The Gaucho Sheepdog is little bit larger than the Border Collies. It is a skilled herding breed and sometimes they are also used as watchdogs.
11) Ecuadorian Hairless dog (Ecuador)
This is a descendant of the Peruvian Hairless dog i mentioned earlier in the video and it is considered to be the rarest of all hairless dog breeds in the world. Interesting fact about the breed is the absence of premolar teeth.
10) Rastreador Brasileiro (Brazil)
This large Brazilian hunting dog breed become extinct in 1973 due to an outbreak of disease, compounded by an overdose of insecticide. It was a great hunter and that is one of the reasons why there are big efforts to recreate this breed.
9) Patagonian Sheepdog (Chile)
This Chilean dog breed comes from the southern part of Chilean Patagonia, which is known for its harsh climate. That is a reason, why they have their typical long, dense and rough coat, which is protecting them from the harsh weather.
8) Serrano Bulldog (Brazil)
Similar breed to the Campeiro Bulldog, the Serrano Bulldog is a great guard and protector with balanced and stable temperament. Unlike some other Bulldog type of dogs, the Serrano Bulldog does not look lazy or heavy, on contrary, this is on the first sight athletic, muscular and agile breed.
7) Argentine Pila Dog (Argentina)
Another hairless South American breed. It is believed that this is also a descendant of Peruvian Hairless dog, but it is always hard to tell dogs ancestry on 100% if the dog has ancient history. They also come in three size varieties, small, medium and large. The smallest dogs can have only 25 cm, while the largest dogs have height up to 55 cm.
6) Chilean Terrier (Chile)
The Chilean Terrier is a descendant of the Smooth Fox Terrier and it was developed in the 19th century. It is an active, playful, bright and easily trainable breed. They have a typically white coat color which is accompanied by black and brown markings and v shaped ears that are set high on the head.
5) Pampas Deerhound (Brazil/Argentina/Uruguay)
The Pampas Deerhound is a dog breed native to Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. It is an amazing hunter with great sense of smell and hard working mentality. This is a slim but muscular, long legged, agile medium sized dog breed. They are just build for speed and indeed, this is very fast breed.
4) Brazilian Terrier (Brazil)
This breed is very similar to JRT and according to one theory, the JRT is one of the main ancestors, next to Fox Terriers. And just like the Jack Russell Terrier, this is a very active, alert and perky dog breed. They are friendly, playful and happy natured, which is why they make great family companions. On the other hand, they have extremely strong hunting instinct.
3) Cordoba Fighting dog (Argentina, extinct)
The ancestor of the Dogo Argentino is already extinct Cordoba Fighting dog. This was a very agressive, extremely strong and fierce dog with incredible stamina. They were bred for high pain tolerance and willingness to fight to the death, because as their name suggest, they were used for dog fights.
2) Argentine Polar dog (Argentina, extinct)
Another already extinct breed from Argentina. This breed was developed by Argentinian Army to serve as sled dogs in Antarctica bases. It was a large and strong dog with weight around 60 kg, which is 130 pounds.
1) Original Fila Brasileiro (Brazil)
The first dog in this video was the Fila Brasileiro. The last one is the Original Fila Brasileiro. Despite the similar name, those are two separated breeds. The OFB is bred to be fearless and highly suspicious towards strangers. They are bred on farms where they are used to protect property and work with cattle.
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