Dogo Argentino

Breed Group: Miscellaneous Class
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Originating during the 1920's, this breed was developed by Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez to be a fearless big game hunter. They were also used in police and military work as well as a family guard dog and guide dog. However, the Dogo Argentino breed became a favorite of those involved in the bloodsport of dog fighting and as a result gained negative noteriety. In 1991 the Dogo Argentino was banned in Britain under the Dangerous Dog Act. They are also banned in Australia.

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With a unique coat, extremely strong jaws, and intense expression, the Dogo Argentino is a muscular breed of Mastiff proportion. This breed is highly intelligent, courageous, and mentally stable. Unprovoked aggressiveness or cowardice is considered to be a severe defect.

Does your Dogo Argentino bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
The Dogo Argentino is not recommended for the novice or first time dog owner. This breed is extremely dominant and requires a dominant owner. It is crucial that new owners find ethical and reputable breeders as a steady temperament is imperative. They are loyal and devoted to family and make excellent guardians of their home and territory. This breed will do well with other pets they have been raised with. They are good with children but should never be left unsupervised. Dogo Argentino's area breed that exhibits dignity and is imposing in appearance. Potential owners need to be aware that this breed may be targeted for banning laws. In addition, insurance companies may refuse to provide homeowner policies due to the risk of legal issues.
Dogo Argentino's require weekly brushing to minimize loose and dead hair. Bathing should only be done when necessary using a mild shampoo or a shampoo formulated for white coats. Frequent nail clipping is required. This breed is relatively healthy, although deafness and hip dysplasia can occur.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
The Dogo Argentino coat is glossy, thick, short, and is soft in texture. They are constant shedders.
Early and intense socialization and obedience training is an absolute must. This breed is highly intelligent and training must be done with respect, love, firmness, fairness, and consistency. The Dogo Argentino responds well to reward. Unpredictable behavior can occur if training is done with harshness, kennel isolation, or a regime of tough training. They excel in agility, as guide dogs, and police work. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Dogo Argentino puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
This breed thrives on athletic activity and vigorous exercise. They are not recommended for apartment living. They do best in a securely fenced yard. The Dogo Argentino make good walking and jogging companions provided they are securely leashed and muzzled in public. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Male: 90-100; Female: 80-90 lbs
Male: 24.5-27.5; Female: 23.5-26 inches



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Dogo Argentino Questions

We've had a Weimaraner (VERY dominant female) and 2 Old English Mastiffs. ALL were/are house pets and lap dogs. How active is a Dogo?

This breed needs a very active owner and lifestyle. As a hunting dog, they are used to running over rough terrain for long distances. The Dogo needs an average of 2 1/2 hours of exercise a day, they are known to be very destructive if not properly exercised every day; rain or shine.

Is the Dogo Argentino good with kids?

The Dogo Argentino is not for a first-time owner, they need an experienced dog owner and understanding of the breed. The Dogo Argentino can be just fine with children if raised with them, but all interactions need to be supervised at all times. The Dogo Argentino is a powerful dog and can easily knock a child over by accident, but because the Dogo Argentino has a very high prey drive, they can mistake a child for something fun to chase. So lots of socialization between the dog and child/children need to happen and supervision at all times.

Dogo Argentino's are absolutely amazing with babies and children. Any and all dogs should be socialized with children if they're in the same house. As for mistaking them for prey I don't think so. I've had two dogs and they have never mistaken anything for prey as a matter of fact they would look for children to play with at the park. That's when I didn't even have kids. They're very fun loving dogs that aim to please.

I have a dominant and slightly aggressive 3 year old Yorkie, How will she do with a female Dogo? My Yorkie is not fixed yet, I'm considering getting her fixed since I don't think I am going to breed her. I am also wondering if spaying her will make her less aggressive towards other female dogs?

If your Yorkie is dominant maybe you shouldn't consider a Dogo…

I want a Dogo Argentino but not really sure if they are legal in the state of Washington. I live in Seattle, WA. I'm 44, in great shape and single. I have a house with fenced yard and I have time for the dog. I'm a full-time student in college. Will the dog accept being around my male cat? My cat is comfortable around any dogs.

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