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Dogo Argentino

enero 13, 2021


The name of the breed immediately clarifies its origins and its history: the Dogo Argentino he is originally from the north central of the Argentine Republic and precisely from the province of Cordoba.

At the end of the 19th century, the efforts of Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, a doctor belonging to an ancient indigenous family, led to the creation of a dog suitable for big game hunting in the environment of the plains of Buenos Aires. A local dog breed used for fighting, fruit of the hybridization between Bulldog, Bull Terrier and Mastiff, was crossed with the Great Dane, the Dogue De Bordeaux and the Irish Greyhound.

The characteristics of the Dogo Argentino were established around 1928 and were officially recognized by the FCI in Argentina in 1964 (1973 internationally): included in Group 2 (Pinscher, Schnauzer, Molossoid and mountain dogs, Swiss mountain dogs and other breeds), the dog breed it showed itself to the world as the emblem of Argentine dog lovers. Today the Dogo Argentino looks like a medium sized dog with precise features: i males of Dogo Argentino they have a’height at the withers that goes from 62 to 68 cm and a weight ranging from 45 to 50 kg while the females of Argentine Dogo retain a height at the withers between 60 cm and 65 cm and a weight ranging from 40 to 45 kg.


The Dogo Argentino has a character affable and joyful. Contrary to its mighty structure, the Dogo Argentino proves to be a little dog aggressive (the Dogo it is very far from the dog from combat that distinguished his ancestor Argentine), a trait which, however, considering its hybridizations must be kept under control. Although in the male specimens there is a marked predisposition to fight for territorial dominance with other specimens of the same sex, the tolerant temperament of the Dogo Argentino and his bold reactions underline his joyful and affectionate character, especially with the children. The Dogo Argentino he proves to be a very protective dog with the family he grows fond of and with the human friend he chooses.


The puppy of Dogo Argentino he looks like a curious and proud little one. A «good» specimen is a dog that has been selected on a genetic level and that retains all the positive characteristics of its ancestors (therefore pay attention to sale inconsulta of specimens of Dogo Argentino that do not have certifications about it!). L’adoption of a puppy of Dogo Argentino it must be an act of conscious love. In this sense it is necessary to rely on a serious and reliable breeder, a structure that knows the Dogo Argentino in all its peculiarities and that works on the selection as much as on the very first socialization.

There socialization in fact, it is a delicate phase in which the puppy must learn to manage and recognize the proximity of the owner and the other animals. A’successful socialization work, in addition to avoiding training and re-education in the adult phase, ensures an exemplar of Dogo Argentino sweet, quiet, loyal and self-confident. Otherwise, it is always preferable to consult and rely on a serious and prepared professional able to better manage the character of the Dogo Argentino and guide towards the use of the most suitable collar, accessories and skills to continue this path in parallel.

The cost of a «good» example of Dogo Argentino it depends on certifications and pedigree: the price of a Dogo Argentino puppy is around 900- 1200 euros.


L’supply of a specimen of Dogo Argentino it must be calibrated since it is a puppy. The perfect nourishment will restore a dog with healthy skin and coat, with a strong and powerful bone structure and a strong and functional set of teeth. The diet must be drawn up taking into consideration race, weight, environmental conditions and specific needs. In any case, it is not advisable to refer to a type of diet based solely and exclusively on animal proteins because this would lead to a series of digestive and skin problems.

Referring to good prepared nutrition can help you better orient yourself in the difficult question of nutrition, even if there are very few rules that apply to all medium-sized specimens:

  • in the growth phase the puppy needs a considerable supply of calcium and vitamin D; from 12-18 months,
  • specimens begin at eat only once a day (at 3 months they will eat four meals, at average 5 three meals and then gradually decreasing);
  • the females during gestation and lactation they need a higher nutritional intake and basically based on meat-based meals, prepared foods and cereals.

Grooming and hygiene

Hair care of the Dogo Argentino it does not involve major efforts. The coat, uniformly short, smooth and soft to the touch, varies according to the climate: in a tropical climate, the hair becomes thinner and reveals some pigmented regions; in a cold climate, the coat becomes thicker and also has some undercoat. It is advisable to brush the hair a couple of voltsand a week and pay more attention (once a week) to cleaning the ears to avoid annoying ear infections.


From the genetic point of view, the most common pathologies in the Dogo Argentino are: hip dysplasia, entropion, ectropion, epilepsy and deafness. The choice of the right breeding and frequent visits to the trusted veterinarian are the only ones tool to pay the right attention to a specimen of Dogo Argentino. In this sense it is essential to carry out the classic vaccines (against distemper, rabies, parvovirus, leptospirosis and parainfluenza) and provide for deworming (especially as a puppy). In short, a few simple indications for support a dog breed with a life expectancy of around 12-13 years.



  • Head Of medium proportions, the head gives an impression of strength and power, without sharp angles or fine chisels. There upper line is slightly concave – convex: for the relief of the chewing muscles and the nape, the profile of the cranial region is convex and the muzzle is slightly concave. There strong musculature from an arched shape at the junction of the head to the neck.
  • Eyes From dark brown to hazel color, protected by the lids which edges are preferably black pigmented, without a partial depigmentation being considered a penalizable defect.
  • Ears Attack high on the head, they they are well separated from each other due to the width of the skull. The natural ear is worn drooping and well placed against the back of the cheeks. On alert they can be carried half-upright
  • Mouth The strong and well set jaws, without upper or lower prognathism. The mandibular branches converge slightly and regularly. THE teeth are large, well developed, aligned smoothly, firmly implanted and immaculate white with no cavities. The closure can also be pincer or scissors.
  • Neck Of medium length, strong and straight, it has good musculature and has a slightly convex topline in profile. It has the shape of a truncated cone. At the junction with the head, the musculature forms a fold that hides all the bony protrusions of this region; it joins harmoniously with the thorax forming a large glue exit. It is covered with a thick, elastic skin that can slide freely over the subcutaneous tissues that are a little more lax than the rest of the body. At the throat it has non-hanging and smooth folds; this feature is fundamental in view of the functional aptitudes of the dog. The hair of this region is a little longer than the rest of the body.
  • Trunk There body length, measured from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttock, it exceeds the height at the withers by about 10%. The withers, amble and well raised, and the point of the hip are at the same height; they are the two most important points. The back must be broad and vigorous, with significant muscle development that creates a slight inclination towards the lumbar region. There lumbar region must be disguised by the development of the lumbar musculature which forms a median groove along the spinal column. The croup is of medium length, broad and muscular, the ends of the hip and tuberosity of the ischium are barely visible. The chest must be broad and deep; the tip of the sternum is at the same height as the tip of the shoulder (scapulohumeral joint) and the lower line of the chest is at the level of the elbows. The chest is spacious to offer ample room for the lungs. The ribs are long and moderately curved and join the sternum at the level of the elbow line.
  • Tail There tail should be set at medium height, forms a 45 ° angle with the top line. Saber-shaped, thick and long, it reaches the hock without exceeding it.
  • Front limbs Overall, they have a solid and vigorous muscular and bone structure well proportioned to the size of the subject. Seen from the front and in profile, the forelegs are straight and parallel.
  • Hind limbs Taken together, the hindquarters are strong, solid and parallel; they must ensure sufficient impulse and determine the typical posture of the dog.
  • Feet The front feet are rounded, with short, firm and tight toes. The hard, fleshy pads are covered with black skin that is wrinkled to the touch. The hind feet, similar to the front ones, must be smaller and slightly longer.
  • Coat and color The coat of the Dogo Argentino must be pure white. Around the eyes one accepts one black or dark colored spot; this spot must not exceed 10% of the surface of the head (Dogo Argentino pirata). The coat, uniformly short, smooth and soft to the touch, of a approximate length varying from 1.5 to 2 cm. Thickness and thickness vary according to the climate.

Today the Dogo argentino looks like a medium-sized dog: males have a height at the withers ranging from 62 to 68 cm and a weight ranging from 45 to 50 kg while females have a height at the withers between 60 cm and 65 cm and a weight ranging from 40 to 45 kg.

The standard of the Dogo Argentino does not accept specimens with different fur or with different sizes: Dogo Argentino gray, Dogo Argentino black, Dogo Argentino brindle, Dogo Argentino brown or Giant Dogo Argentino they are absolutely not within those parameters.

COMPARISON OF BREEDS The peculiarities of this Molossian breed is often compared with other breeds:

  • Dogo Argentino vs Rottweiler: Life expectancy (11-12 years), size, coat care and physical exercise required are the same for both breeds. On the other hand, they were included by the FCI in the same Group.
  • Dogo Argentino vs Pitbull: While the Dogo Argentino is a reliable companion to track down and defend against any intruders or dangers, the Pitbull is a dog with a better ability to adapt.


The Dogo Argentino, selected for the caza mayor, is suitable for hunting game in the environment of the Argentine plains: pumas, peccaries, and wild boars. On the web there are numerous videos on the «clashes» between Dogo Argentino vs puma, Dogo Argentino vs bull is Dogo Argentino vs wild boar.