Uruguayan Cimarron – a really special breed

Uruguayan Cimarron – a really special breed


The Uruguayan Cimarron is a very intelligent versatile working breed, an excellent guard, a family dog and the most faithful companion. Absolute loyalty to their family and master is characteristic for Cimarrons. They also protect their family at the cost of their own lives. In describing the characteristics and working abilities of the Cimarrons, I rely on personal experience with my own dogs and puppies. I select animals for breeding not only on the basis of excellent health, but also on the amazing character, working potential and, of course, anatomy according to the FCI standard.

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Cimarrons are the shadow of their masters. They look at their masters as at the God. They are always close waiting for any wish of their master. Cimarrons constantly make people laugh and look for the way to make the day more pleasant. They are a source of permanent joy and positive mood. If Cimarrons enter your life, you will no longer be able to imagine it without them. They love children and if well socialized, they get along well with other dogs, cats and other animals.


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The Uruguayan Cimarron is a strong, compact, medium-sized dog. The height at the withers is from 58 to 61 cm at dogs and from 55 to 58 cm at bitches. At both sexes, the tolerance is ± 2 cm. The weight at dogs is from 38 to 45 kg and at bitches from 33 to 40 kg. Strong skeleton and well-developed muscles result in good mobility and agility. [1]

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They have scissor bite. The standard allows the absence of PM1. However, full dentition is ideal. The eyes are medium-sized almond-shaped, curious expression is typical. Medium-sized triangular ears must not be close to the cheeks, they can be in “rose” shape. [1]

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In Uruguay, the ears are traditionally cropped into circular shape. They look like ears of the puma. The neck is strong, not too long. The croup is of good length and broad. The top line is straight. The thick medium set tail reaches to the hock. The deep, broad chest should reach at least to the elbow. The ribs are well sprung but they should not be barrel shaped. [1]

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Cimarrons have straight and parallel limbs, viewed both from the front and rear. The hind legs are well muscled and strong. The gait / movement is effortless with good reach in front and good drive behind. In motion, the limbs are parallel when viewed from the front and back. When the speed of movement increases, so-called single-tracking appears. The smooth short coat has undercoat and is not difficult to maintain. The coat color can be brindle or fawn, with or without mask. White markings may appear on the throat, under the jaw, on the abdomen, on the front of the chest and on the lower part of legs. The white color on the feet must not exceed the wrist or half way up the metatarsus. [1]

Fantastic character

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Due to its appearance, Cimarron arouse natural respect. It is difficult to describe the nature of the breed in general. At all breeds each dog is different and unique. There are also differences between siblings from the same litter. While one puppy is more calm, the other may be more active. Some puppies are so lucky that they constantly laugh and wiggle not only their tail but the whole body.

Uruguayan Cimarron
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Others are serious from birth and smile later. In any case, breeding and targeted selection can ensure almost the same character. It becomes then characteristic for the given bloodline or the whole breed. When describing the character of the Cimarrons, I rely on the experience with my own dogs in Cerberus Illusion kennel and on the information obtained from the owners of our puppies. It is always the breeder’s job to recognize the nature of a particular puppy. Only then it is possible to choose the right owner for each puppy.

Uruguayan Cimarron – “recipe for permanent joy”

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“Uruguayan Cimarron -“recipe” for permanent joy.” [2] This is how I would most easily characterize the nature of this breed. Cimarrons feel best in the company of their masters, with whom they usually form a very strong bond. Thanks to this, they can literally read their mind. They perceive the mood and feelings of their masters and adjust their behavior accordingly. Cimarrons don’t bother you if you are sick or tired. They wait for the right moment when you are ready to play or cuddle.

They do anything for their owner

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At an early age, they try to understand their owners and fulfill all their wishes. Sometimes, somebody bothers us. Cimarrons can feel this and without any command keep the given person at appropriate distance. They can quickly evaluate the situation and react appropriately.

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Cimarrons stay calm if a small child runs directly to the owner and jumps around the dog’s neck because he wants to cuddle the dog. On the contrary, if an adult approaches his master with malicious intent (especially if he approaches from behind), he will immediately stop the person without the need of any command. Cimarron is one master’s dog, but on the other hand, the change of the owner is not a problem.

They love anything that can be done with their family

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Although we are talking about a working breed, it does not have extravagant demands on movement or on a number of activities. Cimarrons are also happy as a “couch” dog next to their masters watching TV. Any activity with the owner will brighten these dogs with happiness. Subsequently, we can witness their characteristic “ear to ear” smile. Enthusiasm for activities made together with their owners and complete devotion to their masters make them fantastic working dogs. Their high level of motivation stems from their will to do anything for their master. The working Cimarrons usually look in the owner´s eyes all the time waiting for any command. In a moment, they also transmits their good mood from work to their handler.

Author: Gabriella Hurtos, Cerberus Illusion kennel, The original whole article is available online on: https://www.cerberusillusion.com/cimarron-uruguayo/uruguayan-cimarron/

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[1] FCI. 2017. Cimarrón Uruguayo (353). [online] <http://www.fci.be/en/nomenclature/CIMARRON-URUGUAYO-353.html>.
[2] PANÝRKOVÁ, Iveta. 2018. Uruguayský cimarron – „recept“ na permanentní radost. [online] <https://www.ecanis.cz/clanky/uruguaysky-cimarron-recept-na-permanentni-radost-_927.html>.