I haven’t posted in a few weeks but I need to put something together about Ava & Diesel. Maybe I should change their names to protect their identity lol. Ava is a German Sheppard and Diesel, well I’m not really sure what Diesel is but he is a bit of a beast (I’ll get a few pictures of them up here shortly). So these two beasts belong to a relative and happen to be staying at my parents for a few weeks.
But here’s the thing, my folks have free range chickens that enjoy life pecking everything the large garden has to offer.
When my folks realised these dogs were going to be joining the family for a few weeks they were naturally concerned for the welfare of their much loved chicken or rather their much loved boiled eggs delivered fresh every morning.
Little did we know, as it turns out the beasts seem to be more fearful of the chickens.
I saw something on TV lately about illegal puppy farms and I was shocked to find Ireland exports approximately 100,000 puppies a year. That is a shocking number being raised in terrible conditions.
When you consider the UK is 10 times the size of Ireland and they export around 70,000 puppies it’s clear Ireland has a bit of a problem in this area.
It strikes me that there is a huge opportunity for Ireland if only the government would implement the same regulation and compliance that they use for the Horse Racing industry or even traditional Livestock industry. Progress has been made in recent years but there is still a bit of a way to go.
I might talk about the regulation that is currently in place on another day but in this post I wanted to highlight what people can do to avoid buying from illegal puppy farms.
These are some things to look out for if your considering buying a puppy.
- Never meet someone selling a puppy in a public space or public car park.
- Always visit the breeding bitch at home and make sure you are happy with the standards.
- Try to visit while the puppy is still suckling
- Choose a relaxed pup, they should all be relaxed if they are in a good environment where they are being cared for and happy.
- Ensure that you are given proper and valid documentation that complies with local laws.
- Insist that the puppy is microchipped.
The biggest issue with puppy farmed dogs is that they are nervous, anxious animals because they have not been well socilaised and are not used to people and this scaring stays with them for life.
You should really consider visiting a local rescue centre or dogs trust as this way you can be sure the vacinations, chipping and documentation is going to be up to date and quite often they offer much more value for money.
The Ackon Cahuak or Dogo Argentino is easily identified by its strong muscular body and short white hair. In the pure breeds it is unusual to find one with any markings.
From a breeding standard:
Males weigh 40 – 45 Kilograms and are approximately 24”-27” in height, with the length of the body slightly longer. The tail is low set and tapers off to a point from its thick base. The head is broad and the skull somewhat domed. They have often been described as looking like a much bigger version of the America Pit Bull.
The dogo Argentino has a life expectancy of around 12 years. Approximately 10% of the breed suffers from pigment related deafness in one or both ears similar to Dalmatians and the white bull terrier.
Although banned in some countries due to the reputation from illegal dog fights the Ackon Cahuak which was originally bred as a game hunting dog (particularly wild boar) in the forest and woodland areas of Argentina early in the 20th century. When bred first it’s genetic make-up from mainly formed from the now extinct Cordoba Fighting Dog and the Great Dane. Although they look fearsome the Dogo Argentino purposely had its aggressive traits removed and introduced many desired traits.
Today the dogo’s are used in many police forces and are trained in search rescue and recovery. They are also used as service dogs and as guide dogs.
Like any human or animal when brought up in a good environment and trained with love and care you can expect a loyal life long companion.
Thanks for dropping in. So what is the crazy name ACKONCAHUAK?
Well it’s really Ackon Cahuak or Dogo Argentino which is a well know Argentinean hunting dog.
We think they are a fascinating animal or as some would say “a beast of a dog” and that’s where the name for our blog came from.
ACKONCAHUAK is a platform to connect with other dog and animal lovers who recognise the beauty in pure breeds. We hope to have regular blog post about pedigree dogs, dog breeding, upcoming events/shows and general animal advice and discussion.
We look forward to having you visit our blog and welcome any feedback and comments you have. If you want a channel to post your article about anything animal related get in touch we’d love to help you out in any way we can.
We just love Pedigree Dogs (not cats, just dogs) only kidding we like cats too just not as much because they tend to leave their odour everywhere…come on you know it’s true. Last time I had cat stay with us we had to have the Carpet Cleaner out at least three times in a month lol.
So what make a Pedigree? Well much like in humans a Pedigree is the story of a family history that goes back over several generations and shows how traits or disorders are carried or inherited in different family members.