This breed comes from the province of Cordoba in central Argentina. Its creator was Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, a physician by profession. He attempted to cross different purebred breeds with Viejo perro de Cordoba, (characterized by force and power, but with unstable mentality derived from the crossing with Mastiff, Bulldog and Bull Terrier, much appreciated in this era of fanatical and fierce fighting dogs). The result of his work was primarily hunting dogs for big game (pumas, wild boars, etc.), with exceptional mobility, good companions, loyal and dedicated animals. On May 21, 1964 this breed was recognized by the Federation Cynologique de Argentina and Agricultural Society of Argentina, who started working on creating its family tree. The Dogo Argentino was recognized by FCI in 1999.
The height reaches an average of 60-65 cm for females and 60-68 cm for males. The length of their body is somewhat longer than their height, sometimes females are higher than males. Their weight reaches about 42 - 45 kilograms.
The head is broad with a slightly domed skull. The eyes are almond-shaped and deep set. The ears are medium length with rounded edges. Their tail is long, thick in the base and gradually thins.
The Dogo Argentino has similar characteristics to the American Bulldog and American Pit Bull, but is much taller and with a solid white fur.
Character and behavior
These dogs are very happy and have unusual intelligence and a sharp mind. They are friendly animals who behave very well, unless they are given reason or command to behave aggressively.
These are very good guard dogs, but they perform best when used for hunting. During hunt they do not bark much, although they possess a very strong and astute barking. They usually bark only when they feel that something is important and must be taken into consideration. These are very social animals who feel unhappy when they not receiving enough attention.
Training and education
The intelligence and sensitivity of these dogs makes them easy to train. The obedience brings joy to the dog and usually the education is very pleasant for both parties. Dogo Argentino does not understand the rough, violent training methods and unpleasant attitude in people and therefore should not be trained in such methods. It is important from the first contact with your dog to show him who's the boss. However, this should be achieved by love, not by force.
As with Dalmatians, Boxer White and White Bull Terrier, the Dogo Argentino may suffer from deafness associated with his pigmentation. About 10% of dogs suffer from this problem, some are deaf in only one ear, and others – in both. Studies show that the incidence of deafness significantly reduced when parents are healthy and have no problems with the ears. The hip dysplasia is another common health problem for these dogs. Overall, the breed is characterized by good health. The average life expectancy of Dogo Argentino is about 10-12 years.
Grooming and care
Before you start looking for puppies for sale, you should be convinced that this is the right breed for you. Keep in mind that finding a quality puppy requires time and patience. Check out what are the standards of the breed to make sure that you buy a pedigree puppy to avoid health problems.
Dogo Argentino is not a demanding breed. It is enough to brush the coat once per week to maintain its appearance.
Children and other pets
When socialized with children, the Dogo Argentino is a very tolerant and caring animal. You should introduce your dog to other pets at an early age to avoid subsequent aggression towards them.
The hunting instinct of Dogo Argentino makes it a perfect assistant for hunting big game. In Argentina he was used for a long time to hunt cougars and wild pigs. Representatives of the breed become perfect service dogs - in customs, police, rescue services and security. In some countries, the Dogo Argentino is used as a service dog for blind people.