Easy to train and eager to please, the Dogo Argentino is a pleasant, loving dog with a steady personality. It is a great live-in companion, always ready to play or cuddle or console. The Dogo gets along very well with children and other pets, especially when proper introductions are made.
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- 80 - 100 pounds
- 24 - 27 inches
Ideal Human Companions
- Experienced dog handlers
- Families with older children
- Active singles
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- Loving and warm
- Eager to please
What They Are Like to Live With
The Dogo Argentino will easily adjust to apartment living as long as it gets enough exercise and attention. It should not be left alone all day or ignored. The Dogo loves quality time with the family above everything else.
Things You Should Know
The Dogo is a strong, determined dog. Consistent training is needed from an owner who’s not afraid to show the canine what’s what. It responds to firm but positive training. Also, make sure to keep it on a leash in public. The Dogo will easily dash off in pursuit of a bird or squirrel.
A healthy Dogo Argentino can live as long as 12 years. Common health issues include deafness and sunburn-prone skin. Its thin coat is very easy to groom, needing only the occasional brushing. The Dogo is a clean animal and sheds very little. It can sometimes be sensitive to extreme temperatures, especially cold ones.
Dogo Argentino History
In 1925, two Argentinean brothers—Antonio and Agustin Martinez—came up with the idea of a boar-hunting dog that would be both brave and sociable. Crossing nine breeds (including the Spanish Mastiff, Bulldog, Great Dane, Bull Terrier, Irish Wolfhound, Great Pyrenees, Dogue de Bordeaux, Pointer and Boxer) with a local canine called the Cordoba, they created the Dogo Argentino. The result was a fine hunter, a great working dog and a loyal friend.
The Look of a Dogo Argentino
The Dogo Argentino has a large, muscular frame covered in a sleek, white coat. Its large, convex head has a black nose, strong jaws and ears that are set high. The Dogo has widely set eyes with an unwavering, intelligent expression. It has a thick neck, strong chest and long tail. Overall the Dogo Argentino look combines power and grace.
Talk About Dogo Argentinos
A top notch working dog
Dogos are, like Pit Bulls, the victims of poorly educated and irresponsible owners magnified by a sensationalist news media. I have met several during my professional career as a kennel manager and have known them to be a top notch working dog.
They are most similar to Bandogs (in form and function), but with a uniform standard and temperament. They are NOT for first time dog owners or those who back down from a stubborn dog; but if you stand your ground assertively (NOT aggressively) you will find them to be biddable, though a bit stubborn...like most of their relatives of the gaurding/working types.
Dogos are amongst the most loyal and honest of all the breeds I have known, but again they are (like many bully breeds and gaurding/working breeds) NOT for an inexperienced dog owner. Their only real problem is that many people acquire them as a status symbol...not realizing the exercise and training required for a happy and healthy dog. I applaud the responsible owners and breeders and look forward to seeing more excellent examples in the future.
~Terrance N., owner of several dogs