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  • Writer's pictureSteve Rigden

Another type of Dogo

Here at Taipei Dog Training we encounter many requests to train former street dogs , or train dogs that have spent significant amount of time in a shelter ( we of course get requests to train purebred dogs too ). The Uruguayan Cimarron is a dog we haven't trained , it's a very interesting breed, they have existed for hundreds of years living semi wild as feral dogs, their ancestors are European breeds mixed with local dogs. Their history holds some similarities to the Taiwan Dog or Formosa Mountain Dog , a dog we have trained in large numbers.

The Uruguayan Cimarron, also known as the Cimarrón Uruguayo, is a breed of dog with its roots in Uruguay. The term "Cimarron" refers to its historical background as a wild or feral dog, reflecting its origins as a free-roaming canine in the region.


The history of the Uruguayan Cimarron dates back to the arrival of European settlers in South America. As these settlers established colonies, various dog breeds accompanied them. Over time, some of these dogs escaped or were left to roam freely, resulting in the development of a population of feral dogs in Uruguay. These dogs adapted to the harsh conditions of the Uruguayan countryside, evolving traits that allowed them to survive in the wild.

Interbreeding with other imported breeds led to the creation of a unique population, laying the foundation for the modern Uruguayan Cimarron. The breed became known for its intelligence, agility, and adaptability, making it well-suited for various roles in rural life.


The Uruguayan Cimarron served diverse purposes throughout its history, showcasing its adaptability and versatility. A primary role was as a working dog on farms, guarding livestock such as cattle and sheep. Known for their courage and loyalty, Cimarrons were effective in protecting their charges from predators.

Additionally, these dogs excelled as hunters, aiding in controlling pests and wild animals threatening crops and livestock. With their keen sense of smell and agility, they were skilled in tracking and capturing prey. Beyond their utilitarian roles, Uruguayan Cimarrons became cherished companions to rural communities, valued for their loyalty and protective nature.

Dogo Type:

The Uruguayan Cimarron is often classified as a Dogo type breed, sharing characteristics with the Dogo Canario. The Dogo Canario, also known as the Presa Canario, hails from the Canary Islands and served historically as a working and guardian dog on farms.

The classification as a Dogo type emphasizes the Uruguayan Cimarron's suitability for working purposes, including hunting and guarding. While sharing certain traits with the Dogo Canario, the Uruguayan Cimarron maintains distinct features, being slightly smaller in size yet retaining agility and strength for its roles.

In conclusion, the Uruguayan Cimarron has a fascinating history rooted in the wild landscapes of Uruguay. Its adaptability, versatility, and classification as a Dogo type breed highlight its significance in rural communities. Preserving this unique breed acknowledges its historical contributions and recognizes its ongoing value as a loyal and capable companion.

烏拉圭馴化狼犬,又被稱為烏拉圭野獸犬,是一種源自烏拉圭的狗種。 "Cimarron" 這個詞源於西班牙語,意指野生或靠近野地,反映了這種狗的歷史背景,曾作為自由遊走的狗隻。











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