A member of the AKC Miscellaneous Dog group, The Dogo Argentino, originating in Argentina, is one of the most powerful dogs.
This dog breeds name is also referred to as the Argentinian Mastiff, or Argentine Dogo. These dogs requires firm guidance from an established and experienced owner.
Many people don't realize this but the Dogo was not even a dog breed until the 1920's so this dog breed is fairly new compared to many other dog breeds. They were developed initially to be used in big game hunting. And as a wild boar specialist.
These big dogs are instinctively loyal and can make a great guard dog in the right home. And despite many notions, these dogs can also be loving and even playful with children assuming they have been trained to be so and are owned by a loving and happy owner. But these are definitely not the dog breed for the first time dog owner.
Probably the first thing you'll notice about these dogs is that they are a stunning, large, white and muscular dog. Their short coat is closely held to the body and easily reveals all the musculature of the animal immediately. What you see is what you get because there is no long coat to cover that powerful body.
These dogs are large, easily 23 to 25 inches at the withers, and typically can weigh between 80 to 100 pounds no problem. And remember, that's 80 to 100 pounds of pure muscle! Many people often describe these dogs as an American Bulldog or even a white Pit Bull when asked to name the dog breed.
Dogo Argentino owners need to be firm and confidant, and not mean or cruel. As a result, the dog needs to be taught the rules he must follow and what limits he must adhere to. The owner must be the confident pack leader to have a healthy relationship with this dog breed. These can be really good dogs - when raised by the right owner.
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Unfortunately in many parts of the world Dogos have been used in fighting and have gotten the reputation as a fighting dog. As a result they have even been banned in certain parts of the world so this is another thing to take into consideration if you are even thinking of getting one of these dogs.
This is very unfortunate because with the right owners these dogs can be very good pets. Don't blame the dog breed - blame the owner! So, are Dogo Argentinos even legal in your city?
Keep in mind the purpose behind the Dogo if you are thinking of getting one for yourself - these are working dogs, first and foremost. So what else do these dogs do? They are also very well known for: guarding, military work, hunting, being a watchdog, doing police work, tracking, narcotics detection, schutzhund and much more.
These large white dogs are very muscular with a large "boofy" head. They are extremely strong with have upright ears (sometime the owners crop them). They are working dogs and do need exercise so they are not meant for couch potatoes. Therefore, they do need lots of exercise - both physical and mental. Play is fine as long as you use up a lot of the energy that these dogs possess.
Another thing to be aware of is the possibility of deafness. It is stated that up to about 10% of these dogs may experience pigment-related deafness, very similar to that found in some Dalmatians or white boxers.
Country of origin: Argentina Lifespan: 10 to 12 years Colors: White Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, deafness, skin problems