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Welcome to our site!
Mata Cerdos is committed to preserving the quality and integrity of the Argentine Dogo breed. We are not in the business of merely producing puppies to sell and we are not prolific breeders. Any breeding that we plan and execute is done with careful planning and after intense research into pedigrees and their underlying health problems. Our breedings are done for us to produce our future generations. Each time we breed, it is with the intention of keeping one or more of the puppies for ourselves and we have been known to keep an entire litter. We do occasionally have pups available for sale. Any prospective home is carefully screened and references checked before agreeing to place a pup in that home.
If you are looking for a good companion pet for your family, we strongly encourage you to explore the possibility of adopting a Dogo through rescue. There are many excellent pets available and they need YOU!!! Please visit our Links page for Dogo Rescue Information.
Mata Cerdos Argentine Dogos started as a collaboration between friends, Pam Gilley and Barbara Noe. Our friend, Becky Galmish of Hallmark Mastiffs has now joined the Mata Cerdos family in our love of the Dogo. Please visit her website at your leisure as she has pictures and information regarding our Dogos also.
Although the site is new, Pam Gilley is not new to the breed. Formerly Pam Phoebus, of Iron Hills Mastiffs and Argentine Dogos, Pam has been involved in the breed for many years and is dedicated to preserving the character and breed type of the Dogo while striving to produce physically and mentally healthy dogs of superior quality.
Pam is a renowned handler and has shown several of the top ranked Mastiffs in the country, including BIS BISS Ch. Iron Hills Into the Night and BIS BISS Ch. Southport’s Sherman, who is the record holder for most Best in Shows won by a Mastiff in the US and who goes back to many of her Iron Hills dogs. I’m sure many of you visiting this site know Pam and remember her constant traveling companion and friend (spell that “child”), Dual Ch. Kahless de Fairtex, also known as “K”. Kahless was a wonderful ambassador for the breed and is greatly missed.
Pam & Barbara met many years ago through their involvement with Mastiffs and when Pam moved to Tennessee, their acquaintance became a close friendship and Barbara was introduced to Dogos. Barbara’s first Dogo was Dual Ch. Iron Hills on Top of Snowy Mtn (aka Curzon) and her husband Jim called him “the exercise program”. Curzon was an avid hunter of raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks and even turtles!! If he scented something he needed to check out, Curzon would find a way out of the fenced yard and off he would go, with Jim chasing behind and Curzon looking over his shoulder as if to say “hurry up”, totally ignoring the fact that Jim did not really want to go “hunting”. Barbara & Jim are completely “dogo-fied” now and have Dogos as well as Mastiffs patrolling their house and yard when they aren’t hogging the bed or sitting on the humans' feet.
We hope you enjoy our site and come back often to visit and see what is new.
Pam Gilley, Barbara Noe & Becky Galmish