Thinking about purchasing an Dogo Argentino? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Dogo Argentino breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Dogo Argentino owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Dogo Argentino and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Dogo Argentino Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Dogo Argentino and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Dogo Argentino Profile
As an endurance hound much like the Irish Wolfhound ancestor, the Dogo Argentino (Dogo's) are expected to track wild boar across vast pampas, corner the animal and attack and hold it for the hunters. They are capable of incredible bursts of speed for short distances, but are known for covering long distances at a gallop. Having cornered the boar, they must have enough strength in reserve to attack and hold a wild boar weighing up to 400 pounds. The Dogo is a large, white, smooth coated animal that gives the appearance of power. They have bodies slightly longer than they are tall, with females being slightly longer than males. They have a mostly square, slightly domed skull and a large black nose, that may have some pink in it. The ears are naturally dropped, but may be cropped for show. Made up of ten different breeds for ten different reasons, the Dogo Argentino may look fierce, but his friendly demeanor is masked by his appearance. The Dogo Argentino craves close physical contact with their people. As the saying goes, a Dogo Argentino never lays at your feet, they lay on your feet. They are a reliable family guardian, interested in all activities and enjoying guests along with their family. Dogos are very protective and good at guarding. Unwelcome guests should not approach this breed. Should the Dogo Argentino discern a direct threat to any member of their family, they will act to protect that person. Argentine Dogos are very reliable, affectionate with friends and family, and intelligent. They are highly trainable, good with children, and love to be the center of attention. A warm body and soft couch will keep a Dogo Argentino quiet for hours.
Other Names: Argentinian Mastiff, Argentine Dogo
Height: 23 ½ -
27 inches. Minimum height for females is 23.5, while minimum height for males
is 24.3 inches.
Color: White with
possible ticking. One dark marking is allowed on the head.
Dogo Argentino is not hyperactive, but young pups are inquisitive and keep themselves
busy by investigating everything. They are excellent for game hunting, friendly
towards people, especially children. Very good guardians, faithful and docile,
they make excellent guide dogs for the blind. They are reliable, protective,
and friendly to friends and family. They are affectionate and love to be the
center of attention. Dogos greatly enjoy human companionship, longing to be
with their owners every step of the way. They are intelligent, curious, trainable
and trustworthy. They are powerful, loyal and courageous. They are wary of strangers,
and prospective owners should be aware that they were originally bred
to be able to attack unwelcome guests, although they have been bred down to
be pack hunters and non-aggressive. Some strains in Argentina are still bred
for aggressiveness, so they can be used in dog fights. These lines are unsuitable
for hunting or for families. These specific lines are smaller in size, ranging
from 75 - 90 lbs. Regular Dogo Argentinos are protective of their space, and
loyal to their owners. Dogos are an endless playmate, with stamina and long
life. Dogos require a dominant owner to lead them.
Dogo Argentino Care and Exercise:
The Dogo Argentino is a clean house dog that needs little coat
care. Once a week grooming with a rubber curry to keep the coat and skin in
good condition. Their skin is sensitive and can sunburn, so shade should be
available when the Dogo Argentino is outside for long periods of time. Use only
gentle shampoos or those made for white coats when bathing. The mature Dogo
Argentino needs regular exercise to maintain their muscle structure. They are
an energetic breed when given the chance.
Learning Rate: High. Dogo Argentinos are very intelligent and house trained easily.
Activity: Medium. They love
to lay on the couch with their owner, or play outside for hours on end.
Dogo Argentino Health Issues: 10% are born deaf due to their white color. Other health concerns include hip dysplasia and sunburn.
Life Span: 11 - 12 years.
Some have been known to live up to 16 years, still hunting.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by AKC:
Foundation Stock Service (not yet eligible for the AKC) - 1996
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