Best family
Best guard
Kid friendly
Best watch
Easy to train
Low shedding
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Dogo Argentino

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Breed Information
Popularity #
Name Dogo Argentino
Other names Argentine Dogo, Argentine Mastiff, Dogo
Origin Argentina
Breed Group WorkingGuardian Dog (UKC)
Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 10-12 years
Temperament AffectionateCheerfulFriendlyLoyalProtectiveTolerantSocial
Height Male: 24–27 inches (60–68 cm)Female: 24–26 inches (60–65 cm)
Weight Male: 88–99 pounds (40–45 kg)Female: 77–88 pounds (35–40 kg)
Colors White
Litter Size 4-8 puppies
Puppy Price Average $2800 - $5000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 3 stars
Apartment Friendly 2 starsThis breed will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised and does best with at least an average-sized yard. Be sure to bring the Dogo inside when temperatures drop below freezing.
Barking Tendencies 2 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 1 stars
Child Friendly 3 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 1 stars
Exercise Needs 4 starsGive this dog plenty of exercise. They need to be taken on a daily, long walk or jog.
Grooming 2 starsLow Maintenance: Grooming the Dogo is easy because of his short coat, though his large size means it’s a big job. A bath every three months (or when he’s dirty) in a mild dog shampoo is a good idea. Brush his sleek coat with a natural bristle brush or mitt once a week. Use coat conditioner/polish to brighten the sheen.
Health Issues 2 starsAs in the Dalmatian, white Boxer, and the white Bull Terrier, the dogo may experience pigment-related deafness. There is possibility of an approximate 10% deafness rate overall with some dogos afflicted uniaurally (one deaf ear) and some binaurally (deaf in both ears). Studies have shown that the incidence of deafness is drastically reduced when the only breeding stock used is that with bilaterally normal hearing.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 3 starsRanking: (#). (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 4 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!
Stranger Friendly 1 stars
Trainability 3 starsModerately Easy Training: The Dogo Argentino is quite intelligent and is known to train easily. It is necessary for the owner to exert themselves consistently as the pack leader to ensure the dog does not develop stubborn tendencies.
Watchdog Ability 5 starsGreat Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It is moderately protective of its owners and are generally considered to be good guardians.
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Max Molly
02 Rocky Bella
03 Winston Coco
04 Jack Luna
05 Bailey Ginger
06 Milo Ellie
07 Oliver Rosie
08 Oscar Mia
09 Leo Layla
10 Zeus Lulu
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The Dogo Argentino is a large, white, short-coated dog with a smooth, muscular body, displaying both power and athletic ability. The length of body is just slightly longer than tall, but bitches may be somewhat longer in body than dogs. The length of the front leg (measured from point of elbow to the ground) is approximately equal to one-half of the dog’s height at the withers. The head is powerful with a broad, slightly domed skull and a powerful muzzle that is slightly higher at the nose than the stop, when viewed in profile. Ears may be cropped, or hang naturally, close to the skull. The Dogo Argentino should be evaluated as a hunting dog, and exaggerations or faults should be penalized in proportion to how much they interfere with the dog’s ability to work.

The Dogo is an intelligent and courageous dog with a strong, natural instinct to protect its home and family. Dogos are very social dogs and are happiest when included in all family activities. Dogos make a strong distinction between familiar people and strangers, so it is imperative that they be well trained and socialized at an early age. Dogos are hunters of great courage and endurance, and will work individually or in packs. They have also successfully been used in police protection work. An unsteady temperament is a serious fault.

In 1928, Antonio Nores Martinez, a medical doctor, professor and surgeon, set out to breed a big game hunting dog that was also capable of being a loyal pet and guard dog. Antonio Martinez picked the Cordoba Fighting Dog to be the base for the breed. This breed is extinct today, but it was said that as a large and ferocious dog, it was a great hunter. Martinez crossed it with the Great Dane, Boxer, Spanish Mastiff, Old English Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Great Pyrenees, Pointer, Irish Wolfhound and Dogue de Bordeaux. Nores Martinez continued to develop the breed via selective breeding to introduce the desired traits.