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The Cordoba Fighting Dog is an extinct breed of dog. The Cordoba was a crossbreed of Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Boxer, and Old English Bulldog. This legendary Argentinian fighting and baiting dog is believed to had been developed by crossing various Spanish fighting mastiffs and bulldogs with imported English Bullterriers.
During the heyday of fighting sports, the Cordoba Mastiff was a valued pit dog, praised for its fierce and aggressive personality, as well as its sheer size and agility. It is said that these dogs were so vicious that they would attack and even kill the females during mating. Overbreeding led to skin problems, deafness and unstable temperaments, preventing the Perro de Presa de Cordoba to find popularity outside the fighting ring.
As the years pressed on and public favour shifted away from the cruel world of dog sports, the great white Cordoba Bulldog became extinct. Wide-chested, broad-shouldered and muscular, this powerful Molosser was a strong and agile worker. The ears were usually cropped. Even though the most valued specimens were pure white in colour, there were reportedly some multicoloured dogs to be found in the pits. This impressive bulldog has been the inspiration for a few modern breeds, including the Dogo Argentino, the Dogo Guatemalteco and the Yankee Bullterrier. The average height was around 25 inches.
The Cordoba Fighting Dog originated in Córdoba, Argentina. The breed had such strong aggression toward other dogs that the males and females would rather fight than mate. In addition, many members of this breed died in the dog fighting pits, contributing to the breed’s extinction.
The Cordoba was capable of hunting in a small pack of a male and female, otherwise they were more likely to turn on their packmates. The Cordoba was the base breed used to create the Dogo Argentino.
Among the breed’s ancestors, the most notable is the Bull Terrier, which at the time was still used in England for dog fights – at the same time Bull Terriers were being exported to the Indian subcontinent where today their lineage includes the Gull Terr. The Bull Terrier was responsible for the Cordoba Dog’s coloration and fighting tendencies.