Dogo Guatemalteco

77-88 lbs
Guatemalan Bull Terrier, Guatemalan Mastiff, Guatemalan Molosser, Bull Terrier Guatemalteco

The Dogo Guatemalteco is the only breed native to Guatemala and they are the official national breed. While the Dogo Guatemalteco and the Dogo Argentino are similar in look and temperament, they are not closely related. The Dogo Guatemalteco makes an excellent guard dog and is naturally suspicious of strangers. They form strong bonds with their family and are extremely difficult to re-home as an adult. Training is essential to ensure they understand their place within the family and do not challenge for the top position. These dogs need a strong leader to handle them and can easily become aggressive and unmanageable. 

purpose Purpose
Guard Dog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Bull Terrier, Boxer, Dalmatian

Dogo Guatemalteco Health

Average Size
Male Dogo Guatemalteco size stats
Height: 21-24 inches Weight: 88-99 lbs
Female Dogo Guatemalteco size stats
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 77-88 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Deafness (Whites)
Minor Concerns
  • Skin Allergies
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Hearing (Whites)
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • OFA on hips and elbows

Dogo Guatemalteco Breed History

The Dogo Guatemalteco is a relatively new breed believed to have originated sometime between the 1890s and 1930s. There is little documentation regarding the development of the breed and there are two theories about when the breed originated. One theory claims it was in the 1890s that the Dogo Guatemalteco was first bred while the other theory claims it was in the 1930s. There is evidence that the breed was in existence during the 1890s in the form of several photographs that show the Galusser family of Guatemala with dogs that look like the Dogo Guatemalteco. There are other photographs dating back to 1910 showing more dogs that look like the Dogo Guatemalteco with the Gerardi family. Some historians claim the dogs in these photographs are not the Dogo Guatemalteco but are dogs that were used to create the new breed. The Galusser family is credited almost solely with the development of the breed. However, there are some historians that give credit to Hector Montenegro as the sole developer of the breed. There is also a theory that the Galusser family, Gerardi family and Montenegro developed the breed together. The first written evidence of the breed’s existence dates back only to the 1930s. The Dogo Guatemalteco was recognized across Guatemala as a unique breed and the only breed developed in the country. All researchers and historians agree that the Bull Terrier is the primary DNA contributor to the Dogo Guatemalteco breed. It is not exactly clear if the Bull Terrier or the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was used. Other contributors to the Dogo Guatemalteco include the Boxer and Dalmatian. It is also possible the Cordoba Fighting Dog and the Dogue de Bordeaux were also crossed to create the Dogo Guatemalteco. There are only a few organized dog clubs that recognize this breed. The Kennel Club of Guatemala (ACANGUA) has granted full recognition to the Dogo Guatemalteco. In 1981 the Guatemalan government officially named the Dogo Guatemalteco as their national dog breed.

Dogo Guatemalteco Breed Appearance

The Dogo Guatemalteco is very similar in appearance to the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Dogo Argentino. They are well-muscled with a large head and alert expression. The Dogo Guatemalteco can be found in two different sizes. The Grande Dogo Guatemalteco is larger, standing about 3 to 7 inches taller and about 30 to 70 pounds more than the regular Dogo Guatemalteco. They have a longer body than the length of their leg. The look of the Dogo Guatemalteco is not uniform. Their body type can vary considerably just like the American Pit Bull Terrier, some can be stocky or thickly built while others can look more streamlined and agile. Their overall appearance should be intimidating. Their nose should always be black and their small eyes should be black, dark brown or hazel. The Dogo Guatemalteco is primarily white but can have some colored markings as long as the markings do not cover more than 20 percent of their body. Their coat is harsh and short. 

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Dogo Guatemalteco eyes
brown Dogo Guatemalteco eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Dogo Guatemalteco nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Dogo Guatemalteco coat
pied Dogo Guatemalteco coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Dogo Guatemalteco straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Dogo Guatemalteco Breed Maintenance

Even though the Dogo Guatemalteco has a short, harsh coat they do require regular grooming. Their coat does shed heavily and it sheds all year. Because they are such heavy shedders expect to brush them a few times a week using a slicker brush, natural bristle brush or even a hound mitt. Without regular brushing, their hair will gather on the furniture, carpet or clothing. The Dogo Guatemalteco needs to be introduced to the different aspects of grooming at an early age so they become comfortable with being handled, having their toenails trimmed and ears cleaned. Toenails should be trimmed every few weeks; however, you should handle their feet every time they are brushed to keep them used to having their feet touched. The Dogo Guatemalteco can be susceptible to skin allergies and should not be overly bathed or bathed with harsh shampoos. They do drool moderately, especially after eating or drinking; keep a drool rag close by to wipe their face when needed. 

Brushes for Dogo Guatemalteco
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Dogo Guatemalteco requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Dogo Guatemalteco Temperament

The Dogo Guatemalteco was bred specifically to be a guard dog. They have also been used in dog fighting rings. These dogs are faithful and form strong bonds with their family. They can easily become a one person dog if they are not regularly handled by more than one person. Their loyalty makes it extremely difficult to re-home an adult Dogo Guatemalteco. The Dogo Guatemalteco is naturally suspicious of strangers and will not tolerate unknown people coming onto their territory. While not necessarily a child’s dog, they can do well with children they are raised with as long as they know their position within the family. Training is essential and a strong leader within the home to keep them in check is also necessary. These dogs can be somewhat stubborn and very dominant when not properly trained. Early socialization and training classes will help their new family learn how to train them into a well-rounded family companion. 

Dogo Guatemalteco Activity Requirements

The Dogo Guatemalteco is a moderately active breed. They will patrol their property regularly when outside and do need a strong fence to keep them contained. When out walking, keep them on a secure leash and fully under control. They enjoy spending time with their family and would do well going for a couple of 20 to 30 minute walks each day. The Dogo Guatemalteco is not necessarily a dog friendly breed and should be closely monitored even when playing with dogs they are familiar with. Dog parks should probably be avoided. Obedience class is a good way to get your Dogo Guatemalteco moving and active.

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
45 minutes
activity minutes

Dogo Guatemalteco 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 Guatemalteco Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Dogo Guatemalteco size stats at six months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 45.0 lbs
Female Dogo Guatemalteco size stats at six months
Height: 18.0 inches Weight: 40.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Dogo Guatemalteco size stats at 12 months
Height: 22.0 inches Weight: 71.5 lbs
Female Dogo Guatemalteco size stats at 12 months
Height: 21.0 inches Weight: 55.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Dogo Guatemalteco size stats at 18 months
Height: 22.5 inches Weight: 93.5 lbs
Female Dogo Guatemalteco size stats at 18 months
Height: 21.5 inches Weight: 82.5 lbs

Dogo Guatemalteco Owner Experiences

8 Months
7 People
House & Yard
Running and dribbling a basketball.
It’s great so far but just worried about the things people say about them.
3 years, 9 months ago
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