Uruguayan Cimarron FCI Standard
There were three kinds of breeds that were favoured over the others by the first Uruguayan settlers: the Spanish Mastiff, Alano, and various types of scent hounds. These dogs were used for the wide range of purposes, including guardians of Spanish fortifications, hunters, and to intimidate the local people. The most important assignment of these dogs was to catch half-feral stock by grasping it with its strong jaws and hang on until the owner could arrive to retrieve it.
During the colonial era the human population of the Uruguay was pretty scarce so the Spanish dogs quickly went feral and spread throughout the country. They had at their disposal vast territories on which they could prosper. The most common place of dog’s habitation was the Cerro Largo, which was particularly connected with the name of the breed. Dogs hunted in packs putting down deer, mara, rheas, rabbits, etc.
Gradually people from the Montevideo and other coastal areas began to occupy the inner territories of the country until the whole Uruguay was inhabited. The Uruguayan Cimarron switched from hunting on wild species of animals on killing livestock of local farmers whose source of living was the land. The dog’s attacks on cattle caused a devastating loss to the economy so the government decided to launch a program of extermination of the Uruguayan Cimarron. Thousands and thousands of dogs were killed as the result of this program forcing the survivors fell back to their last shelters of Cerro Largo and the Mountains of Olimar. The highest point the slaughter reached at the end of XIX century but went on the first part of XX century.
The farmers and ranchers sometimes picked up the Uruguayan Cimarron’s puppies and re-domesticated them. The dog soon proved to be the first-rate friend and companion and as good as other domestic dogs. It also turned out that it can become an outstanding guardian, which will bravely and fearlessly protect the owner’s domain and family. The breed was intensively used as a herding dog which is able to handle even the most ferocious Pampas cattle.
The Uruguayan Cimarron is highly treasured in its native Uruguay but it remains pretty unknown in western countries. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) gave the breed its provisional acknowledgment in 2006. The same year the United Kennel Club (UKC) recognized it as well and put it into Guardian Dog Group.
In its homeland the Uruguayan Cimarron successfully serves as a guardian and it’s going to put its life at stake to protect its master, his family and possessions. The dog prefers to stay aloof with strangers and can express aggressiveness towards them. If your dog is properly brought up in most cases it tolerates unknown people without showing unnecessary aggression. The Uruguayan Cimarron is vigilant as well so it will make a wonderful watchdog, which is capable to deter any intruder with its ferocious look and bellowing bark.
In its feral state the Uruguayan Cimarron survived by hunting on various kind of prey so it is considered to be highly aggressive to other animals, canine and non-canine. If the dog and other home pet of cat-size or larger have been reared together it most likely won’t bother it but some specimens will never accept it. The Uruguayan Cimarron is noticeably aggressive to its canine fellows and can display all kind of aggression including possessiveness, dominance, same-sex and so on. It can cohabitate with one dog of the opposite sex but the best option is to keep it as a single dog.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• elbow dysplasia;
• gastric torsion;
• eye problems.
The Uruguayan Cimarron can precisely determine the status of all members of the pack and it will ignore the commands from those who are perceived by it to be in inferior position in social hierarchy. This dog needs much more patience and dedication to be trained effectively but when properly trained it will be able to compete in virtually all canine sports including agility and competitive obedience.
The Uruguayan Cimarron is going to become your willing jogging or cycling partner but it will greatly appreciate a chance to surf freely on the territory with a high fence. This dog isn’t suitable for life in a big city and will feel itself much better in the house with a spacious yard.