Dogo Argentino

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77-88 lbs
24-26"
Argentina
Argentinian Mastiff, Argentino Dogo

The Dogo Argentino was bred to be a pack-hunting dog that can pursue and take down big game such as puma and wild boar. He is fierce looking with a massive head and either cropped or natural ears. Many people mistake the Dogo Argentino for a Pit Bull as they are similar in look. However, the Dogo Argentino is a separate breed that dates back to the 1920s. They are an active breed that requires a lot of exercise and a strong leader. The Dogo, as he is affectionately called by fanciers of the breed, is not the best choice for a first time dog owner or for a family with small children. Training and consistency are important when raising an Dogo Argentino.

Purpose
hunting
Date of Origin
1920s
Ancestry
mastiff, cordoba fighting dog

Dogo Argentino Health

Average Size
Height: 24-27 inches Weight: 88-100 lbs
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 77-88 lbs
Major Concerns
  • About 10% Of Dogs Are Born Deaf
  • Hypothyroidism
Minor Concerns
  • Glaucoma
  • Laryngeal Paralysis
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hearing
  • Skeletal
  • Thyroid Tests
  • Eye Examination

Dogo Argentino Breed History

In the 1920s Antonio Nores Martinez began trying to develop a breed of dog that could be a big game hunter in his native Argentina. He began with the Fighting Dog of Cordoba, which is now extinct, and bred that dog to other breeds to create a versatile dog breed that was strong and fast and could use their scenting ability along with their hunting instinct to track and take down big game including puma and wild boar. He needed to breed out the Fighting Dog of Cordoba’s natural desire to fight and replace that with a strong scenting and hunting ability. The Fighting Dog of Cordoba was bred with Pointers, Great Danes, Bull Terriers, Irish Wolfhounds, Boxers, Great Pyrenees, Dogue De Bordeaux and Spanish Mastiffs. In 1928 Antonio Nores Martinez wrote the breed standard for the Dogo Argentino. In 1964 the Argentina Rural Society and Cynologic Federation of Argentina recognized the Dogo Argentino as an official dog breed. In 1973 the Argentina Kennel Club officially recognized the Dogo Argentino. The Dogo Argentino Club of America was formed in 1985 and the American Kennel Club has allowed the breed into the Miscellaneous Class which is the final step before the American Kennel Club fully recognizes the breed. Unfortunately, the Dogo Argentino, based on its resemblance to the Pit Bull, has earned a reputation for being aggressive and vicious. The Dogo can be strong willed and is not ideal for first time dog owners. The Dogo needs a strong leader who is willing to put time and training into their pet. The Dogo will look for opportunities to try to take leadership from a less dominant human; therefore consistency is important with the Dogo Argentino.

Dogo Argentino Breed Appearance

The Dogo Argentino will have short, smooth coat that is completely white. They can have a dark patch of coat near one of their eyes, however, that patch cannot cover more than 10% of the head. The Argentino Dog should have a massive head, dark and alert eyes and a sturdy body. Since they are big game hunters, the Dogo Argentino should be well muscled and be agile. Skin pigmentation should not really show through a mature coat, the coat should be dense enough to hide the skin. No markings beside a dark spot on the head are permitted on the Dogo Argentino. The Dogo’s ears are generally cut, however, some kennel clubs are pushing for a natural ear that flops rather than the cut ear that stands straight. It is argued that natural ears are not conducive to big game hunting since the big game can grab or tear the natural ears that hang down when fighting off the Dogo Argentino. 

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Dogo Argentino Breed Maintenance

The Dogo Argentino is relatively simple to maintain. Grooming is easy because of his short, smooth coat and he will require a bath every three months or when he is dirty from hunting. To bathe an Dogo Argentino, a mild shampoo is best to avoid skin irritation. Brush a Dogo using a natural bristle brush or a grooming mitt once a week to remove any loose hair and dead skin cells. A leave-in coat conditioner and/or polish can be used after brushing to add sheen to the Dogo Argentino’s coat. Nails should be trimmed regularly, generally every two to three weeks. Nail grinding can be done rather than clipping if he is touchy about having his nails cut. Ears should be cleaned once a week, probably when they are being brushed. Natural ears need to be kept dry to prevent infections from occurring. Regular teeth brushing and gum checks will be necessary to keep the Dogo Argentino’s dental health from deteriorating.

Brushes for Dogo Argentino
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Dogo Argentino Temperament

The Dogo Argentino has a strong prey drive and must be properly trained and handled by a strong leader within the family. The Dogo is extremely loyal and desires to be with their family. He should never show any aggression without good reason nor should he be timid and reserved. The Dogo Argentino can be loyal and loving to their family and at the same time is fierce and hostile towards anything that is threatening them or their family. Since the Dogo Argentino can be strong willed, it is important that there be an authoritative pack leader within the family. Training and consistency is important to ensure that the Dogo does not try to usurp a human family member’s position within the household. The Dogo Argentino requires a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them from becoming destructive or obnoxious. A large yard with a reinforced fence is required for the Dogo to get enough exercise. Providing new and interactive toys also keeps the Dogo from becoming bored.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Dogo Argentino Popularity

Popularity ranking
#96

Dogo Argentino Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Dogo Argentino Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 55 lbs
Height: 19 inches Weight: 45 lbs
12 Months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 75 lbs
Height: 22 inches Weight: 67 lbs
18 Months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 94 lbs
Height: 25 inches Weight: 82 lbs

Top Dogo Argentino Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Dogo Argentino breeders of 2017.
Solid Kennel
Greenville, Texas
Las Pampas Kennels
Royal Palm Beach, Florida
MiskoDogo Kennels
Lincoln, Nebraska
La Historia
Lehigh Acres, Florida
Debonair Dogos
San Diego, California
TX Dogos
Houston, Texas

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