Dogo Argentino dogs are large sized dogs that were primarily bred for big game hunting. Gradually, these enduring and fearless dogs also came to be used for police and military work, search and rescue, dog fighting and other such tasks.
Argentinian Mastiff and Argentine Dogo are some other names for these dogs. As the name suggests, Dogo Argentino dog breed originated in Argentina in the province of Cordoba.
The breed was specifically developed from the now extinct Old Cordoba Fighting Dog and various other dog breeds like Pointer, Bull Terrier, Great Dane, Boxer, Irish Wolfhound, Great Pyrenees, Old English Bulldog, Spanish Mastiff and Dogue de Bordeaux.
Dogo Argentino breed dogs are muscular, powerful and athletic in appearance. The nose is black while the eyes are usually dark brown, light brown or hazel in color. They are set well apart. The high set ears are generally cropped to make them erect.
Although, it should be noted that activities like ear cropping and tail docking are not encouraged and considered illegal in certain countries. The tail is thick and long. These dogs tend to have strong jaws.
Color: Dogo Argentino dog breed is characterized by white colored hair coat.
Height: Both male as well as female Dogo Argentinos are usually 24to 27 inches in height.
Weight: The ideal weight of this breed of dogs ranges between 80 to 100 pounds.
Besides common dog diseases like infections and allergies, Dogo Argentino dog breed is prone to Hip Dysplasia and Pigment Related Deafness as well. Otherwise, these dogs are considered as relatively healthy.
Life Expectancy: The average life span of these dogs is generally 10 to 12 years.
Litter Size: The average Dogo Argentino litter size is usually about 4 to 8 puppies.
Dogo Argentino grooming consists of occasional brushing and combing of the short and thick single hair coat, about once or twice in a week’s time. During the shedding seasons when these dogs shed moderately, the hair coat can be brushed more frequently.
These dogs are relatively free of doggy odor and hence they need not be bathed frequently. However, do conduct other grooming activities like nail trimming, teeth brushing, eye cleaning, ear cleaning etc on a more or less regular basis.
Dogo Argentino temperament is loyal, intelligent, playful, curious, protective, tenacious and boisterous. They are usually good with children but can be aggressive with other animals, especially other dogs.
Therefore, it is essential to train and socialize these dogs right from the beginning. When properly socialized and introduced, they tend to get along well with other pets in the house. Dogo Argentino dogs are easy to train.
In fact, if adequately trained, they can also serve as excellent guide dogs for handicapped people. These strong and courageous dogs make for excellent watchdogs and guard dogs.
Dogo Argentinos are mostly recommended for firm and assertive experienced dog owners. They require plenty of exercise on a regular basis to remain physically fit.
Therefore, take your doggy out for long daily walks or jogs and provide him enough space in at least a medium size yard for sufficient physical as well as mental stimulation.
Thus, they do well in apartment situation when given adequate opportunity to fulfill their physical exercise needs. These dogs tend to have sensitive skin. Hence, they should not be exposed to sun for longer durations.
Plus, bear in mind that your beloved Dogo Argentino being less tolerant to temperatures below freezing point needs special winter pet care. As these dogs were originally used for dog fighting, they are considered aggressive and hence banned in certain countries.