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Dogo Argentino Dog Breed Profile


Dogo Argentino
The Argentine Dogo was bred by Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez in the 1920's to be a big game hunter and a guardian. The Dogo would hunt cougar and wild boar that often weighed up to 450lbs.

Other Names:
Argentine Mastiff. Dogo Argentino. Dogo.

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Origin: Argentina

Breed Purpose: Hunting large game and guarding.

Kennel Club Dog Group: Mastiff

Height: Both, 62kg 68.5kg

Weight: Both, 36kg 45kg

Lifespan: 10-12 years

Exercise Needs: The Argentine Dogo needs plenty of vigorous and athletic exercise and must have regular opportunities to release their energy and be mentally stimulated. Insufficient exercise results in the dog becoming destructive through boredom.

Feeding Needs: A high quality home prepared diet is essential to keep these dogs in good health. Quantities should relate to the amount of exercise the dog receives and should be fed from a raised bowl to avoid bloat and digestive problems.

Common Ailments: These dogs can be prone to allergy-related conditions that primarily affect the respiratory tract and the digestive system. They can also suffer from other allergy-related problems resulting in Atopic Dermatitis and other skin complaints.

Physical Description: The Argentine Dogo is a large muscular dog that displays power and athletic ability but which carries itself with an impressive presence. The head is massive with a slightly domed skull and a strong powerful muzzle. The ears hang naturally close to the skull. The brown eyes have an alert intense expression and the neck is stocky with loose skin designed to protect the dog when hunting. The muscular body is slightly longer than the height with a broad, deep chest. The tail is long and is carried high when excited. The coat is easy to care for and is short and always white in colour.


Dogo Argentino K9 Obedience Dog Breed Summary:

This immense dog was bred from the Cordoba dog into which was introduced the Great Dane, Boxer, Spanish Mastiff, Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Great Pyrenees, Pointer, Irish Wolfhound, and the Dogue de Bordeaux.

The resulting animal was a fearsome big game hunter and a loyal family guardian. Needless to say the power and strength of the Argentine Dogo is awesome and combined with its aggressive hunting instincts has led to it being banned in many countries including the United Kingdom.

However, in countries where the dog is bred as a companion animal breeders have to some extent toned down the dog's aggressive characteristics and today the dog is said to be a loyal intelligent family pet, if somewhat rowdy and obstinate.

The dogs amazing tracking abilities has led to it being used by the police and search and rescue organisations.

This is certainly not a breed for the average family and any owner should be able to exercise total control over this dog and implement a firm and rigid training regime as the Argentine Dogo has a natural instinct to be boss, and his size makes him hard to argue with once this role is adopted.

This is a serious working dog with tremendous power and strength and in general only experts in the field have the skills or requirements to handle this dog and give it the life it truly deserves.
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