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.
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.
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.
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.
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.