Dogo Argentino

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

The kind of dog that can strike an intimidating pose, the Dogo Argentino — also known as the Argentinian Mastiff or Argentino Dogo —  is nevertheless a sweet and good-natured breed at heart that will show extraordinary levels of devotion to whoever looks after it.

In this guide to everything Dogo Argentino-related, you’ll also learn:

  • Why Dogo Argentinos are banned in Singapore
  • That the breed has one Argentinian man in the 1920s to thank for its existence
  • That the breed is particularly vulnerable to conditions like glaucoma, deafness, laryngeal paralysis, and hypothyroidism
  • It has a mighty bite force and needs lots of stimulation to thrive


Dogo Argentino breed overview

The Dogo Argentino breed is an intelligent, strong, protective dog that isn’t just a good family pet; because of its history as a hunting dog, it is used in military and police work. But, because a Dogo Argentino’s temperament is loyal and kind, they can be used for therapy work as well.

If you want to own a Dogo Argentino it’s best that you’ve owned a dog or two before. This is a breed that takes a little more care than most, and which might be challenging for a first-time pet parent. 

You do need lawful authority to own a Dogo Argentino in some countries (though not the United States). Unfortunately, people in a few areas use these dogs as fighting dogs, so as a breed the Dogo Argentino is considered dangerous. In several countries, including Denmark, Ukraine, and Singapore, the dog is banned. 



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

Dogo Argentino Health

Sketch of Dogo Argentino
Average Size
Male Dogo Argentino size stats
Height: 24-27 inches Weight: 88-100 lbs
Female Dogo Argentino size stats
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

It began with one man in Argentina. Once upon a time, Antonio Nores Martinez wanted to create a dog that could hunt big game. He mixed the Viejo Perro de Pelea Cordobés — the ‘old fighting dog of Cordoba’, a breed that was nearly extinct in the 1920s — with various other breeds of dog. 

The Viejo Perro had an instinctive desire to fight but Martinez was dreaming of a dog that could hunt efficiently. He decided to mate the Viejo Perro with a range of breeds including Bull Terriers and Pointers. In 1928 the Dogo Argentino was born, though it was only officially recognised by the American Kennel Club in 2020.


Dogo Argentino Breed Appearance

Often mistaken for a Pit Bull, the muscular Dogo Argentino is a tough dog with a head frequently described as ‘massive’. A Dogo Argentino’s weight tends to be in the region of 80 lbs and its body is sturdy. Because the dog was once used to hunt and bring down animals as large as puma, its bite force is mighty — 500 pounds per square inch. 

The breed’s coat is always white, with smooth, short hair, and its ears tend to be cut because of a belief that big prey could grab hold of the dog’s larger natural ears in a fight and bring down the dog. 

Because it’s a hunting dog, the Dogo Argentino needs a lot of exercise, both physical and mental, with long periods of inactivity likely to make them lash out at things around the house. 

This is a breed that needs space to play in the backyard. And, because of its tendency to want to hunt, it will also need a sturdy fence in its way, to prevent it from challenging next door’s chihuahua to a fight. 


Appearance of Dogo Argentino
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Dogo Argentino eyes
Brown
amber Dogo Argentino eyes
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black Dogo Argentino nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Dogo Argentino coat
White
Coat Length
coat
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Coat Density
coat density
pin
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Dogo Argentino straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Dogo Argentino Breed Maintenance

This isn’t a high-maintenance breed, you may be relieved to hear. Because its hair is short, the dog’s coat doesn’t need much in the way of grooming — just brush it when you get the chance, using a grooming mitt or bristle brush. 

It will only need to be bathed once every three months but try to make sure you’re tending to its nails more frequently than this — around the two to three-week mark, ideally. You should, of course, also be keeping the dog’s teeth as clean as possible. While brushing them twice a day like humans do is probably unnecessary, you should aim for once or twice a week at least.

Because this is a breed that’s prone to ear infections, you should pay particular attention to how your Dogo Argentino’s ears are looking: clean them once a week, keeping an eye out for any irregularities. And do think about a wellness plan so that your furry friend is thoroughly inspected and cared for by professionals. 



Dogo Argentino health risks

A typical Dogo Argentino lifespan is between 10 and 15 years. Looked after properly, in other words, it’s a dog that could be with you for a decent amount of time. But in those years it has a small chance of being diagnosed with the following illnesses, which are a little more likely to occur than others:

Deafness

Approximately 10% of Dogo Argentinos are born with congenital deafness and are then unable to hear. This isn’t as serious a problem as it is in Dalmatians — more than a quarter of whom are born deaf — but it’s not a small proportion. And it may be unsurprising, given that experts say that breeds with lighter coats are more likely to be congenitally deaf. 

If you want to be on the lookout for the condition so that you can help tailor your dog’s life accordingly, you might want to look out for abnormal amounts of sleep, aggressiveness, jumping when being touched unexpectedly, and unusual vocalizations. All of these could be a sign that your dog is unable to hear what’s going on around them.

This condition, unfortunately, is not one that can be treated. But you can still ensure that your deaf dog has a happy life. Things like vibrating collars can help with everyday life, and it will be as easy to train your dog to learn hand signals as it would be to train a dog that’s able to hear.

Hypothyroidism

There are innumerable symptoms to look out for when it comes to hypothyroidism. If you notice that your dog’s coat is dull and dry; that it’s itching its skin; that it’s got low blood pressure; that it’s losing its hair; or that it’s lethargic, you may be looking at this condition. 

It’s a problem that occurs when the thyroid gland, which makes hormones that regulate systems in the body, has a problem that causes an imbalance in these hormones. At its worst, a dog with a hypothyroidism problem can be paralyzed, succumb to hypothermia, or even fall into a coma.

Because the symptoms above can mimic other conditions, your vet may struggle to come to a confident diagnosis of hypothyroidism. Once they do, however, it’s a case of prescribing a hormone replacement. Your dog should be fine but they’re expected to need this treatment for the rest of their life.

Glaucoma

When your dog has a raised level of pressure in their eye, they may have glaucoma, a scary and often painful condition that regularly causes blindness. If you have any reason to suspect that your pup has glaucoma, rush them to a vet because this is an urgent situation: if a dog isn’t treated within hours, its chances of further problems increase.

Some of the signs to look out for in your dog are pupils being different sizes; fluttering eyelids; cloudy corneas; redness in the eye; squinting; bulging swollen eyes; and avoidance of light. Medication or surgery may be necessary.

Laryngeal Paralysis

Laryngeal paralysis is a scary condition that can stop your dog’s vocal cords opening and cause it to have real difficulty breathing. It can start on one side and then spread to the other. 

As your dog gets older, the condition is likely to get worse. Indeed, laryngeal paralysis is often confused with old age but the difference will be obvious to a trained professional. The surgery they will tend to perform is a tie-back procedure, involving sutures or stitches opening one side of the larynx and tying it into an open position.

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Feeding a Dogo Argentino — what’s the best diet?

Because the Dogo Argentino is a working dog, it needs a protein-rich diet, perhaps ideally derived from raw food. In its food it will need essential fatty acids, moderate amounts of carbohydrates, plenty of drinking water, and plenty of vitamins and minerals. Beef, chicken (although not raw chicken, of course), lamb, eggs, duck and fish are important components of any well-rounded diet for your furry friend.

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Brushes for Dogo Argentino
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Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Dogo Argentino requires weekly brushing
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Dogo Argentino Temperament

So. What are an Argentine Dogo’s personality traits? This is a loyal and kind dog that, like every dog, ultimately just wants to be friends with its pet parent. You will discover that its devotion to you is second to none. Indeed, the Dogo Argentino can be fiercely protective of its carers, and will display this instinct openly with anyone it considers to be a form of threat. 

Because this is a working dog that used to be used by humans in the hunting of prey like wild boar, the Dogo Argentino has a fantastic work ethic. Give it something to do and it will be happily occupied for as long as you like!

You’ll need to train your adorable Dogo Argentino puppy so that it becomes an adorable Dogo Argentino grown-up. 

Are Dogo Argentinos dangerous? They can be. This is a breed that benefits from consistent coaching and instruction and needs an authoritative voice to socialize and train it so that it doesn’t become too wilful or disobedient.


Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
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Dogo Argentino Popularity

Popularity ranking
#96

Dogo Argentino Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00
food bag monthly cost

Dogo Argentino Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Dogo Argentino at six months
Male Dogo Argentino size stats at six months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 55.0 lbs
Female Dogo Argentino size stats at six months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 45.0 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Dogo Argentino at 12 months
Male Dogo Argentino size stats at 12 months
Height: 23.0 inches Weight: 75.0 lbs
Female Dogo Argentino size stats at 12 months
Height: 22.0 inches Weight: 67.5 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Dogo Argentino at 18 months
Male Dogo Argentino size stats at 18 months
Height: 25.5 inches Weight: 94.0 lbs
Female Dogo Argentino size stats at 18 months
Height: 25.0 inches Weight: 82.5 lbs

Top Dogo Argentino Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Dogo Argentino breeders of 2024.
Top Dogo Argentino breeder Solid Kennel
Solid Kennel
Greenville, Texas
Top Dogo Argentino breeder Las Pampas Kennels
Las Pampas Kennels
Royal Palm Beach, Florida
Top Dogo Argentino breeder MiskoDogo Kennels
MiskoDogo Kennels
Lincoln, Nebraska
Top Dogo Argentino breeder La Historia
La Historia
Lehigh Acres, Florida
Top Dogo Argentino breeder Debonair Dogos
Debonair Dogos
San Diego, California
Top Dogo Argentino breeder TX Dogos
TX Dogos
Houston, Texas

Dogo Argentino Owner Experiences

i have a brother and sister argentino dogos fienoa & bently
3 Years
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my babies are the best dogs loving cuddly big old love bugs brother and sister rescues my male has ear infections a lot looking for a better way to treat or a way to reduce the infections antibiotics work but i dont want my baby boy on drugs all the time any advice is welcome
7 months, 3 weeks ago
Chompz
7 Months
4 People
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Our Dogo "Chompz" is a big ol lover. His little big brother "Stitch" is a Dorkie that Chompz fears and respects. Its cute how much he looks up to his tiny brother. Chompz is a lover and doesn't believe in violence . He is the peace maker of our household. He is a mommas boy and he LOVES TO TEAR UP TRASH. My 110lb 7month old dumpster pail kid! We adore him and look forward to many years of laughs and love from our wonderful fur baby!!
2 years, 1 month ago
Bruno
18 Months
2 People
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Indeed my best friend and second child From the first day I couldn’t resist the snowball we named Bruno. His attentiveness and compassion is very welcoming in our home considering the pandemic we had to go thru! He has become a important part of the family for years to come
2 years, 5 months ago
Bella
7 Years
3 People
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i found this dog. had never hear of them. the military identified her for us as we were moving to japan.
2 years, 10 months ago
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I once booked a walk for a Dogo Argentino and a Pitbull, and I was only able to walk the Pitbull. I had to contact Wag and the owner. It was the only time I have ever not been able to walk a dog after arriving at the apartment. She growled nonstop and refused to let me come near her. She kept backing away and growling nonstop. I tried giving her treats, but nothing worked. She also did not like me coming near the pitbull. Unfortunately, I couldn't walk her, but she growled and backed away, so I was able to get the pitbull ready and walk him.
6 years, 5 months ago
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finding sticks
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One of the best breeds I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Even in her timid demeanor our first time meeting, she was still super sweet and welcoming. Two months later and she constantly leans up against me for pets and kisses and after wants to run around and play. So freakin loyal and sweet it’s just so genuine such a good breed!
6 years, 5 months ago
4 Years
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Most powerful dog I have ever experienced . Our family once owned a Dogo Argentino and we named him fire . He could jump a six foot fence with ease . The Dogo Argentino has incredible agility . I think their great family dogs who love children and are gentle . One of Fire's best friends was a white ferret named snow . Dogo's are big dogs so they require a lot of space . I some times would have problems walking him because of his big size and strength . So someone with dog experience and knowledge should only be walking this big guy. Overall their one of the best dogs . They eat large amounts of food and drink plenty of water. A giant compared to most other dogs . Definitely one of my top favorite dogs . I hope to one day get another Dogo In the future.
6 years, 5 months ago
Whisper
2 Years
3 People
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Very trainable, deaf, hates to be alone or kenneled. Loves to hang with the family prefers to be indoors over being outside.
5 years, 9 months ago
Winter
3 Years
6 People
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She iS a quick leran and very protective. She loves my toddler and she is such fun to play with she loves the water . I take her to a spicel needs dog park to run as she is deaf . She is a huge cuddler and sunngler she loves covers
4 years, 7 months ago
Maggy
18 Weeks
2 People
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playing with her many toys
we like to watch the boats go down the river
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She entered my life the same day I buried my mom- she is such a comfort- but she steals my covers while I'm sleeping- LOVE her
4 years, 6 months ago
Rocco
11 Months
5 People
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At first when I got him I thought he was a Albino Pitt but now I just notice that he is a Dogo argitino and he is partial deaf and he is really hyper!
4 years, 1 month ago
Axel
7 Months
4 People
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He’s super sweet. Strong willed, strong body and loves kids
3 years, 9 months ago
Hugo
3 Years
3 People
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snuggling
Walking, playing, cuddling
LOVES his nightly rubdown as he INSISTS layingonme
Awesome. Hides food, doesn't like alone, snuggle buddy, blanket hog, big protective baby. Slick, sneaky, SUPER smart! Funny as all get out. Never give up.
3 years, 5 months ago
Apollo
1 Year
6 People
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Rescue pup labeled as lab mix. Very loving. Created a single extremely strong bond with me.
3 years, 5 months ago
Chloe
3 Months
4 People
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I just love her; can be stubborn but also very trainable. Loves the kids in my neighborhood as I started socialization immediately and they all love her too. It is crazy how she remembers those who she has met and played with her. Now can be Mischievous but when corrected with positive reenforcement learns fasts.
3 years, 4 months ago
Jasper
2 Years
3 People
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He was a stray puppy came to my house when he was about 8wks, so skinny and dirty, I thought it was a car at first, it was dark, I brought him in, he looked on the verge of death, I thought he had parvo, I finally got him eating, put up posters , and 2 years later, he is ge best dogo
3 years, 3 months ago
RAGNAR
6 Months
4 People
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Good and hard experience
3 years, 1 month ago
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Does Dogo Argentino have brown spots??

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I have a dogo argentino it's a female it's weight is 25 kg. Do you think it's underweight?

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I have a six week old pet and I don't know how to feed it. I would like to know what are the foods that I should give my pet and how often I should feed him. Can I use solid food for puppies?

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