The Dogo Argentino is a huge, white and well-muscled dog that, as the name suggests, originated in Argentina. It also goes by the names of Argentine Dogo and Argentinean Mastiff. This gigantic dog is popular as a big-game hunter as it hunts fierce and larger animals such as cougars and boars.
Additionally, the Dogo Argentino does not only excel in fields of hunting but in tracking, search and rescue, drug detection, police and military, and family pet as well. Because of its unparalleled intelligence and reliability, this dog is also being used as a guide dog for the blind and service animal for other disabled people. In other countries where dog pitting is considered legal, the Dogo Argentino is also being utilized.
The Dogo Argentino is differentiated through its short and white coat, large smooth and muscular body, and powerful and athletic stance. It weighs 80 to 100 pounds and stands 23.5 to 27 inches in height. The ears are cropped, do not hang and are close to the skull while the tail is low, thick from the base and narrows down to the tip.
Even though it looks gigantic and powerful, the Dogo Argentino makes a wonderful pet for it is extremely loyal and loves to receive love and attention from the family. It is also very patient and tolerant with children since it has low body sensitivity and has a high pain tolerance. However, just like the rule for every other breed, children should not be left alone playing with them.
The coat of the Dogo Argentino is single coated, easy to clean and does not have a doggy smell. This dog is sensitive to very cold temperatures and sheds a fair amount. The nails of the Dogo Argentino tend to grow rather quick and thus regular clipping should be done.
At a young age, the Dogo Argentino should already be trained in obedience and socialization. This way, he becomes friendly to other dog breeds and other animals. If not well trained, the Dogo Argentino may become aggressive and domineering towards other dogs and this will likely cause a conflict.
The Dogo Argentino is not intended to be kept in a small fenced yard because its natural instinct is to hunt. The activities suited for this dog are those that utilize his hunting urges such as tracking, trailing, and dog sports. Saying this, it is clear that the Dogo Argentino should only be kept by people who are active themselves and understands the hunting drives of this breed.
The Dogo Argentino is believed to have been developed in the 1930’s by Antonio Nores Martinez using the now extinct Cordoba fighting dog. He mixed this breed with the Boxer, Great Dane, Spanish Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Great Pyreneees, Pointer, Irish Wolfhound, and so much more. In 1970, Dr. Raul Zeballos of Las Pampas Kennels brought the Dogo Argentino to the US and up to this day, this kennel is a prime breeder of Dogo Argentinos.