Brazilian Dogo (Dogue Brasileiro)

When looking for the best dog around, it helps to know everything that you can about a particular breed, so you don’t end up having to deal with any unpleasant surprises.

With so many new mixed breeds popping up every day, it can be nearly impossible for a prospective owner to even know what to expect from their dog.

In today’s guide, I’ll be covering the Dogue Brasileiro. You may have heard of this breed before, though it is likely that it wasn’t for a good reason.

The Dogue Brasileiro is considered a highly dangerous dog breed by some, while others will insist that it is merely misunderstood, much like the Pit Bull.

I am going to work hard to dispel any myths around this dog breed, but I will also provide you with the facts that are needed to make an educated decision to bring this dog into your home.

There is no such thing as a genuinely evil dog, but some of them are admittedly hard to train, and they should be avoided by amateur owners.

Dogue Brasileiro Puppies – Before You Buy…

Happy Dogue Brasileiro
The Dogue Brasileiro is a breed with a bad reputation.

Of course, before I get to the details of this dog breed, you have to know about the puppies, as that is where everything begins.

I’ll be covering how much you can expect to pay for these puppies, how to ensure that the breeder you buy them from is reliable, and some things that you should know about them.

What Price are Dogue Brasileiro Puppies?

The Dogue Brasileiro is a challenging dog to breed properly, making the price a little higher than you would expect for a dog of this price.

This dog is a descendant of the Bull Terrier and the Boxer, both of which can be quite pricey to find with a proper pedigree and the right disposition for breeding.

Most Dogue Brasileiros will sell for between 800 and 1400 dollars.

Of course, this breed is much cheaper in Brazil, where it was first developed, but unless you live there, the travel cost will greatly exceed the difference in price.

The size and temperament usually have the most significant effect on this breed’s price.

How to Find Reputable Dogue Brasileiro Breeders?

If you want a Dogue Brasileiro, you will have to find the right breeder, and that will be a challenge.

As with many other dogs that have poor reputations, many breeders are reluctant to sell the Dogue Brasileiro due to their low demand. You may have to travel far to find yourself one of these pups.

Once you have found a breeder, you will want to be sure that the dogs aren’t being bred for some nefarious purpose like dogfighting.

The best way to be sure that you have the right breeder is to visit their home and see how the dogs act around them. You can also ask neighbors or nearby breeders if they have any suspicions.

3 Little-Known Facts About Dogue Brasileiro Puppies

  1. Dogue Brasileiros are often the subject of bans and laws that prevent them from being bred in certain countries. Since the Dogue Brasileiro is viewed as a more dangerous dog breed, you will have to check your local regulations to ensure that you can own a puppy in the first place.
  2.  As long as you take the necessary steps to train this dog while it is still a puppy, then you will be able to make sure that it does not grow aggressive. On the flip side, improper training can make these dogs quite antisocial, so I would recommend that you only purchase a Dogue Brasileiro puppy as an experienced owner.
  3. This breed was first developed in Brazil around the end of the 1970s by accident. Since then Dogue Brasileiro pups have made excellent hunting companions, guard dogs, and working dogs depending on how they are trained.

Physical Traits of the Dogue Brasileiro

Dogue Brasileiro laying on surf board
The Dogue Brasileiro is one of the most loyal and caring pets.

The Dogue Brasileiro is a recognizable dog breed that resembles a giant Bull Terrier.

These dogs tend to get most of their facial features from the Bull Terrier, including the pronounced bump that you can expect to see on that breed’s snout.

This dog inherits the Boxer’s body and coat more than anything.

Dogue Brasileiros tend to feature a coat that is glossy, short, and thick, and you can find these dogs in many different colors.

Brindle, red, black, brown, and spotted white are all possibilities with this breed, and there are even more color combinations that are possible if the dog is mixed with more than two breeds.

This breed has a powerful body that makes them extremely capable in an athletic sense.

You will find that this degree of physical prowess is necessary for the Dogue Brasileiro, as they were originally bred to aid and protect hunters.

You may be wondering just how big these dogs can get, so let’s move on to our next section.

How Big is a Full-Grown Dogue Brasileiro?

Having been bred as a hunting dog, the Dogue Brasileiro needed to be able to hold its own in tough situations.

You can expect these dogs to get rather large once they are full-grown, and they will range between 51 to 95 pounds.

Keep in mind that most Dogue Brasileiros are on the heavier end of the possible weight spectrum.

This breed is not exceptionally tall, though they are still of larger stature than most medium dog breeds. The biggest examples of this breed can reach impressive heights, however.

The typical range of heights that are possible for a Dogue Brasileiro will vary between 20 to 24 inches.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Dogue Brasileiro?

Unlike many other large dog breeds, you can expect the Dogue Brasileiro to live for a reasonably long time.

This breed’s average life expectancy is somewhere around 13 years, which may not sound all that impressive, but you have to consider the sheer size of the Dogue Brasileiro.

Most large dogs will live between 10 and 11 years, while the Dogue Brasileiro has an extra year or two on them.

This was one of the objectives in breeding this type of dog, so it is not a fluke that you can expect them to live longer than most other large dog breeds.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Dogue Brasileiro

Dogue Brasileiro ready to jump
The Dogue Brasileiro was bred for hunting.

This is probably going to be the part that most readers are interested in. A common question about this breed is whether the Dogue Brasileiro is really the monster that people make it out to be.

As with most other dog breeds that are capable of going bad with insufficient training, the behavior is not up to the dog.

As an owner of a Dogue Brasileiro, it is your responsibility to socialize and train the dog.

If you put in the effort to teach these dogs how to behave, then they will be some of the most loyal and caring pets that you could ask for.

A well-trained Dogue Brasileiro is highly alert and willing to protect its owner at all costs.

Dogue Brasileiros were also bred to be friendly with other dogs, as they were meant to be used in hunting packs.

As long as you ensure that your dog interacts with other canines from a young age, it will never behave threateningly towards another dog, though they may be more aggressive with critters.

The Dogue Brasileiro’s Diet

Being a larger dog, you can expect to feed the Dogue Brasileiro more often than medium breeds. I would recommend a diet of 3 cups of dry dog food per day.

Since this is a big dog, premium quality food becomes less integral to their well-being, but you will still want to maintain a balanced diet.

You can expect to pay anywhere between 80 and 100 dollars per month keeping the Dogue Brasileiro fed, especially if you opt for the best quality food available.

Make sure that you don’t overfeed this dog breed as they can end up getting obese, which is not good for their health.

How Much Exercise Does the Dogue Brasileiro Need?

The Dogue Brasileiro is a dog that was bred for hunting so it will tend to be more energetic than most other large dog breeds.

You will have to take this dog out for around 8 miles of exercise per week to ensure that they get as much of a workout as possible and so they can remain healthy.

This amount of required exercise translates to about an hour’s worth of walking, jogging, or running per day.

Dogue Brasileiro Health and Conditions

One of this breed’s most significant downsides is that it is vulnerable to a massive range of health issues.

While large dogs are typically less healthy, the Dogue Brasileiro may end up requiring quite a bit of attention from your vet.

Serious Issues:

  • Obesity
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Mitral Valve Disorder
  • Acrodermatitis

Minor Issues:

  • Eye problems
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome

My Final Thoughts on the Dogue BrasileiroDogue Brasileiro guide

If you are willing to put the time and effort into training one of these dogs, then you will be rewarded with a guardian, a companion, and a family member.

On the other hand, I would recommend that first-time owners steer clear of this breed as they are not very forgiving in regards to poor training.

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