The Dogo Argentino is a large dog breed originally developed in Argentina as its name says. It was developed for the purpose of big-game hunting initially, which included wild boar and deer. But thanks to its characteristics, the Dogo Argentino is today used in police and military service but as a rescue dog as well.
These dogs are very loyal and intelligent and create a great bond with their owners, but on the other hand, they require a steady hand to train them. The dogs are very muscular and require a lot of physical activity in order to be trained properly. The Dogo Argentino is also known as the Argentinian Mastiff and Argentino Dogo.
History & Origins
The Dogo Argentino was actually bred in Argentina in 1928 by Doctor Antonio Nores Martinez. Antonio was a medical doctor who had an idea to develop a breed which will be strong enough to handle big-game hunting and would be effective in it, but also have strong loyalty and obedience to its owner. In a way, he very much succeeded in doing so as the modern Dogo Argentino is everything that he predicted it would be.
He used the Cordoba Fighting Dog, which his extinct now, and crossbreed it with a number of other dog breeds, which also include the Great Dane, the Boxer, the Spanish Mastiff, and many others. He continued to develop the breed through selective breeding and managed to come up with the perfect combination that he planned initially. The Dogo Argentino has been used in hunting since then and they are now used in various other activities but can still be kept as pets.
Dogo Argentino Characteristics & Temperament
The Dogo Argentino has a very convenient temperament and is very adaptable to various kinds of areas. They might not look the part, but they are extremely gentler and peaceful dogs. They do have a strong prey drive, which is in their blood, and are very energetic. But they are also highly intelligent and loyal. They form an attachment with the owner as their master and will do anything to protect them. They are good with people and rarely attack humans, as this aggressive part has been purposefully bred out of them.
They also do well with other animals and can be good with children. But you still have to train them properly. An experienced trainer is needed and you will have to give this dog a lot of attention. Training a Dogo Argentino is not for everybody and it is better if you have certain experience in doing so. Also, this dog requires a lot of physical activity and fitness. Particularly as puppies, so make sure that you give them a lot of room so they exercise properly.
Appearance, Colors, Size
The Dogo Argentino is a large, muscular dog breed that has a strong body and a white short coat. This breed is usually white, completely white without any markings. Any specs or markings that the dog may have consider a flaw and are widely not accepted by dog clubs. Some dogs may have a black spot on their heads and this is the only acceptable marking that the Dogo Argentino may have, but it is still not accepted by all the clubs.
Female dogs grow up to be 24–26 inches tall while males are 24–27 inches. When it comes to their weight they are about 88–99 pounds. Their bodies are just a bit longer than their height and the length of their front legs should be equivalent to one half of the dog’s height. They have a broad domed skull with a muzzle which is higher at the nose part than the stop. The tail hangs low, thick at the base and it tapers down towards the point.
Dogo Argentino Health
The Dogo Argentino has an average life span for a dog of its size. Being that it is a large dog it still suffers from the same problems that other large breeds have. But what is distinctive for the Dogo Argentino and also for white-colored dogs is pigment-related deafness. Approximately 10% of Dogos experience this problem.
Some may be affected in one ear while some experience completely deafness in both. But studies have shown that deafness is related to the lineage or the ancestors that the dog has been breed with. As far as the lifespan of a Dogo Argentino goes, it spans between 10 to 12 years.
Grooming & Shedding
If you are an owner of a Dogo Argentino you will do well with a lint roller close to you at all times. Even though they do not have a long coat, they shed heavily and frequent brushing are necessary. You will have to brush their hair on a regular basis and it will also keep her fur smooth and neat.
Brushing should be done on a weekly basis and you also need to bathe the dog once every three months. Sometimes you can do it early if the dog gets dirty.
Dogo Argentino Price and Breeders
If you want to buy your own Dogo Argentino you will have to spend a fair amount of money. Prices vary depending on the history of the hound and also based on various other variables. But you will have to spend between 1.500 USD and go up to 4.500 USD to get your own. Luckily, these dogs are found in various places of the world and not just in Argentina. The US and the UK are probably places where you can find a lot of breeders where you can pick out one of these dogs.
Since the Dogo Argentino is a bit on the pricier side, there are other options for you to get one. Perhaps the best way to do so is by rescuing a dog. This could be done in various shelters but start by contacting the DC Dogos, based in Tampa, Florida. There you will be able to see a wide arrange of dogs in need of rescue and contacting and adopting is fairly easy to do.