The intimidating look of the Dogo Argentino belies a generally friendly and affectionate pooch. These distinctive white dogs are revered in their native Argentina and can be wonderful companion dogs if trained correctly.
Which breed group is the Dogo Argentino in?
Breed group: none – not recognised by the Kennel Club
Dogo Argentino breed history
It was Argentine breeder Antonio Nores Martinez who evolved the Dogo Argentino in the 1920s. His goal had been to create a dog that was a powerful and effective pack hunter but also an excellent companion. The now extinct fighting dog of Cordoba was the basis of the new breed. This was crossed to a wide array of breeds including the Great Dane, the Boxer, the Spanish mastiff, the Old English Bulldog, the bull terrier and the dogue de Bordeau. Obedience was the key trait sought but the dogo Argentino also needed to be brave as it hunted big game including puma and wild boar.
The Dogo Argentino now boasts a special place in Argentinian culture and is recognised by the American Kennel Club but not by the Kennel Club in the UK.
Dogo Argentino breed characteristics
Dogo Argentinos are powerfully built, muscular dogs. They have large heads with extremely powerful jaws that were evolved to bite and hold on to large prey. The Dogo’s coat is pure white and any coloured markings are considered a fault.
These dogs look intimidating but are generally gentle and affectionate. They become totally devoted to their owners and will risk their own lives to protect their humans. Extreme aggression has been bred out of the Dogo Argentino but they are still banned in some countries. Dogos get on well with other dogs as they were bred to hunt in packs, but they do require assertive training to know their place.
- Lifespan: 10-12 years
- Height: up to 65cm
- Weight: up to 45kg
- White coats
- Get on well with other dogs
Health issues with the Dogo Argentino
The Dogo Argentino is a robust dog but is prone to the following health issues:
- Digestive problems
- Other skin complaints
What is the Dogo Argentino bred for?
This dog was bred to be a cooperative hunter in a pack and to tackle large prey including wild boar.
What sort of owners does the Dogo Argentino suit?
Affectionate, loyal and protective, the Dogo Argentino can be a fabulous companion but does require a firm and experienced hand during training. They are not suited to inexperienced owners as without the right training, they can become dominant. These energetic dogs need plenty of vigorous exercises and so are best suited to active owners who spend a lot of time in the great outdoors. These dogs can live happily with other dogs but may pursue small animals.