10 Latin American dog breeds

10 Latin American dog breeds

The Latin American dog breeds they may be native to the continent or have their beginning in the dogs introduced from the fifteenth century through the European conquerors. In alphabetical order of the countries of which they are autochthonous, we tell you details of some of them.

Know the main characteristics of 10 Latin American dog breeds

Argentine Dogo

It arose in 1928 in the Argentine province of Córdoba, when a crosses of different pure breeds with an animal known as Old Cordovan fighting dog (result of a mixture between Mastiff, Bulldog, BoxerY Bull Terrier).

The Argentine bulldogs are characterized by:

  • Protect your family group
  • Alert in the presence of intruders
  • Be great hunters

His reputation as violent may come from his powerful appearance, but if they are properly educated they are calm and little barkers.

Brazilian Row

Descendant of the dogs that Spaniards and Portuguese brought to Brazil at the time of the conquest, comes from Mastiff, the Bulldog and the Bloodhound.

These dogs they have an exceptional smell and for that reason they were used to locate the slaves who tried to escape from the places where they exploited them.

Among the peculiarities of Brazilian Row They stand out:

  • Docility
  • Mistrust with strangers
  • Security, determination and courage
  • Hunter and guardian skills

Bichón Habanero

It is assumed that the ancestors ofBichón Habanero originated in the western Mediterranean region and, at the beginning of the 18th century, Spanish army officers introduced them to Cuba.

With the cross with Poodles Y German poodles, the Bichón Habanero as it is known today, with its predominantly habano color to which it owes its name.

These little ones have a long, soft coat and they are excellent pets: playful, cheerful and affectionate.

Chilean Fox Terrier

Its origin dates back to the 19th century, as a result of the crossing of native dogs and English Fox Terrier.

It's about little dogsshort hair and white, with some brown or black spots.

They are used as companion animals and as hunting dogs, since they train with ease and they are very obedient.

Chihuahueño or Chihuahua

The name comes from the largest state in Mexico. In that area they inhabited wildly until they were domesticated by the native peoples. It is the smallest dogs in the world.

These animals are:

  • Specials such as company dogs
  • Jealous of the human relationships of their owners
  • Brave and restless


Between the Latin American dog breeds, this is one of the oldest, apparently originated three thousand years ago in Mexico.

The Xoloitzcuintle they were sacred to the Aztecs, who considered them responsible for accompanying the souls of the dead on their journey to the underworld.

Easy to educate and of good character, they are animals that do not have almost hair, although there is a more hairy variant.

Peruvian hairless dog

The way in which these dogs were introduced to the continent is uncertain, although the one that speaks of they arrived together with the migrants who crossed the Bering Strait.

Today, the race of Peruvian hairless dog It is characterized by a noble and affectionate personality.

They are animals that tend to be always alert and distrustful of strangers.

Great Mastiff of Borinquen

Also known as Mastiff of Puerto Rico, this race seems to descend from the Spanish mastiffs of war.

They are animals large and very corpulent, which were used to capture and injure the escaping slaves.

Despite their loyalty and protective instinct, they can become aggressive if they are not educated correctly.

Uruguayan Cimarron

The ancestors of this race they were introduced by Spanish and Portuguese conquerors. Since these animals were abandoned, only the strongest and cunning survived that, with subsequent crosses, gave rise toUruguayan Cimarron.

They can be described as:

  • Of great courage
  • Sagaces
  • Balanced
  • Effective in hunting, guard and work with livestock


Snowy, the dog that accompanied the general Simon Bolivar in many of his battles, was a faithful exponent of this race originated in Venezuela in the sixteenth century.

Result of the crossing of different races introduced by the Spanish conquerors, causes impression by its large size, but the expression of their eyes generates a great tenderness.

He is a very active, intelligent and affectionate dog, although it can react violently to strangers.

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