The Dogo Argentino, sometimes called the Argentinian Mastiff or the Argentine Dogo, is a powerful, athletic, and loyal breed that is both a fierce hunter and a gentle protector of its human family. The absolutely adorable Dogo Argentino puppies grow to 23 to 27 inches in height and 80 to 100 pounds by the time they reach adulthood. They have a high prey drive, a strong will, and, at times, a distrust of strangers and other animals, all of which require an experienced dog owner to handle the breed. The need lots of physical activity and mental stimulation along with patient training, or else they can become bored and destructive. Dogo Argentinos are often used to help with big-game hunting, though they are also trained for police work, search and rescue, military work, and as service dogs.
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History Of The Dogo Argentino Breed
The Dogo Argentino is a descendant of the now-extinct Fighting Dog of Cordoba, a large, fierce dog bred for, as the name implies, fighting. A man named Antonio Nores Martinez from Argentina wanted a fearless hunting dog that could handle the terrain of his homeland, as well as being a loyal companion. In the 1920s, Martinez began to use selective breeding and aimed to reduce the dog’s desire to fight so it could cooperate in a pack, and he worked to replace the fighting instinct with the need to hunt. Several breeds were mixed to achieve the desired traits that are seen in the Dogo Argentino breed. Martinez created a trustworthy companion dog with a strong prey drive and muscular build, ideal for hunting in the rugged terrain of Argentina or being a loyal family guardian. Sadly, the breed is still sometimes used in dog fighting rings because of its strength and fearless nature.
Personality: Is The Dogo Argentino Right For Your Home And Family?
The Dogo Argentino is a loyal breed with a tendency to be highly territorial, making them excellent watchdogs. They are fierce defenders of their human families, even children, though their strong prey drive makes them poor companions for other animals like cats or smaller dogs. That prey drive does, however, make them great hunters, able to take down wild boars with their ferocity and strength.
They are independent dogs that need an experienced owner to handle their training needs, especially when it comes to socialization, as the Dogo Argentino is known for being less than welcoming to strangers and other dogs. They are strong-willed and need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, so apartment living isn’t the ideal situation for them. It is best to begin their training early as puppies. Luckily, the breed doesn’t need much grooming, though their size can make the task a bit more difficult. Weekly brushings, monthly nail clippings, and regular dental care should serve their needs.
Health Of The Dogo Argentino Breed
The Dogo Argentino is predisposed to a few health problems. One of the major issues is deafness, with about 10 percent of dogs in the breed being deaf in one or both ears. This is called pigment-related deafness, and is also found in other mostly-white colored dogs, including Dalmatians, white Boxers, and white Bull Terriers.
The breed may also develop other conditions, including hypothyroidism, glaucoma, and laryngeal paralysis. Dogo Argentinos may also suffer from hip dysplasia, which is common among giant breeds.
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