Dogo Argentino

77-88 lbs
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.

Date of Origin
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

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. 

Appearance of Dogo Argentino
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Dogo Argentino eyes
amber Dogo Argentino eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Dogo Argentino nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Dogo Argentino coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Dogo Argentino straight 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
Dogo Argentino requires weekly brushing
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

Dogo Argentino Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Dogo Argentino Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Dogo Argentino at six months
Male Dogo Argentino size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 55 lbs
Female Dogo Argentino size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 45 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Dogo Argentino at 12 months
Male Dogo Argentino size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 75 lbs
Female Dogo Argentino size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 67 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Dogo Argentino at 18 months
Male Dogo Argentino size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 94 lbs
Female Dogo Argentino size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 82 lbs

Top Dogo Argentino Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Dogo Argentino breeders of 2020.
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

7 Months
4 People
House & Yard
He’s super sweet. Strong willed, strong body and loves kids
3 weeks, 5 days ago
11 Months
5 People
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 months, 3 weeks ago
18 Weeks
2 People
we like to watch the boats go down the river
playing with her many toys
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
10 months, 1 week ago
3 Years
6 People
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
10 months, 2 weeks ago
2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Very trainable, deaf, hates to be alone or kenneled. Loves to hang with the family prefers to be indoors over being outside.
2 years ago
4 Years
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.
2 years, 9 months ago
8 Years
Squirrel watching
finding sticks
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!
2 years, 9 months ago
3 Years
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.
2 years, 9 months ago
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