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Dogo Argentino

This breed is native to Cordoba, in the Mediterranean region of Argentina

BREED ORIGINS

In 1928, Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, a young Argentine physician, began to develop a new breed of dog, which he called the Dogo Argentino. Using a methodical system, Dr. Martinez crossed a local breed, known as the Old Fighting Dog of Cordoba, with a variety of breeds, including Mastiffs, Bulldogs and Bull Terriers. At the beginning, it was generally considered a dog for fighting but Dr. Nores Martinez’s liking for hunting led him to take the dog to one of his habitual hunting trips, where the new breed demonstrated its skills, thus becoming a key figure in all his trips. Today, the Dogo Argentino is still used as a hunting dog – wild boars, peccaries, pumas and other country predators which can be found in the vast and heterogeneous areas of the Argentinean territory. They are also a guardian of property, a family companion, and an all-around working dog.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE

OTHER NAMES – Argentinian Dogo, Dogo, Argentinian Mastiff


LIVING WITH THIS BREED

The Dogo Argentino is loyal, friendly, and social; and at the same time can be fierce and hostile towards anything that is threatening them or their family. They want to be included in family activities and may be playful and affectionate with their human loved ones. Dogos are protective of their people, so early socialisation and training are extremely important. The Dogo Argentino has a strong prey drive and must be properly trained and handled by a strong leader within the family. They should never show any aggression without good reason nor should he be timid and reserved. 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 in between walks. Providing new and interactive toys also keeps the Dogo from becoming bored. To be sure, this is not the dog for an inexperienced owner or one who is unable or unwilling to take charge.


BREED INFORMATION

This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources.

COUNTRY OF ORIGINArgentina
PURPOSE BRED FORFighting, Hunting
OVERALL SIZELarge
TEMPERAMENTCourageous, Loyal, Alert
EXERCISE NEEDEDOver 1 hour per day
IDEAL SIZE OF HOMELarge
HEIGHT – MALE60-68 cm / 24-27 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE60-66 cm / 24-26 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPEShort and smooth
GROOMING NEEDSOnce a week
RARE BREEDNo
LIFE EXPECTANCY9 – 15 years

MORE INFORMATION

  • Their tenacity, intelligence, strength, nose, and power makes the breed well-suited to a number of fields. Additionally, they are used in search and rescue, military and police work, and even as service dogs.
  • Since the breed was designed to be a hunting dog, it’s not unusual for Dogo Argentinos to view smaller dogs, cats, and other pets as prey that they must hunt down and ultimately catch.
  • This breed makes a great companion on long walks, jogs, and hiking. The activity level of the average Dogo Argentino is pretty high, so that makes this breed the perfect fit for anyone that loves to spend time outside.
  • When you do hear your Dogo Argentino bark for the first time, it might be a little scary. This breed is known for having a very loud and deep bark, perfect for scaring off intruders and threats to the family.
  • This breed, unfortunately, has a bad reputation when it comes to biting. Though they usually do so out of fear or in defense of their family, the bite of this dog is very powerful and can even be fatal. That’s why they were once used as fighting dogs.

LINKS TO KENNEL CLUB BREED STANDARDS AROUND THE WORLD

Breed standards vary throughout the world, click the buttons below for more information about this breed.


PHOTO GALLERY

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VIDEOS

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WEBSITES ABOUT DOGO ARGENTINOS

Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to this breed, click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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