Pastore Fonnese

The Sardinian Dogo (also known as Pastore Fonnese) is an ancient and well-known breed of dog, originally from the island of Sardinia, in the Mediterranean Sea. Physically, its long, pendulous ears and deep-set eyes stand out.

General details

The weight of this breed of dog varies between 30 and 35 kg, although males tend to be heavier than females. Their height varies between 58 and 64 cm in males, and between 56 and 62 cm in females. The average life expectancy is between 10 and 11 years.

Breed history in brief

It is a breed of dog of Italian origin. It was bred in the middle of the 17th century, with the purpose of creating a robust and resistant dog, capable of hunting large prey such as wild boar or bears. The first Sardinian Mastiffs were crosses between the hunting dogs of the Sardinian region and the Italian Mastiffs. In addition to its use as a hunter, the Sardinian Mastiff has also played an important role in defending herds and protecting farmers. This breed has proven to be an excellent guardian and defender. Today, the Sardinian Dogue is still a highly prized hunting dog, although it has also become an excellent companion dog.

Breed characteristics

Sardinian Dogo dogs have a large head, with a broad muzzle and a tight-lipped mouth. Their ears are long and rounded and droop forward. Their eyes are dark brown, large and deep set. The coat is short, dense and soft. Their main coloration is gray brindle, although they can also come in other solid shades, such as black or light gray. Sardinian Dogs are very intelligent and obedient. These dogs respond well to discipline and are excellent watchdogs. They are loyal and try to protect their owners from any threat. They are also gentle with children, as long as they have been well educated.

Common health problems

The Sardinian Dogo is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as hip and elbow dysplasia, cataracts, glaucoma and dilated cardiomyopathy and aortic stenosis.

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