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(Argentinean Mastiff, Argentine Dogo) The Dogo Argentino is an elegantly bodied, muscular breed of mastiff. They have a wide, deep chest that gives an overall appearance of power. They have loose, protective skin around their neck and well-developed teeth that meet in a scissors bite. The head of the Dogo Argentino is convex in the front, and has a moderate stop and a muzzle that is approximately the same length as the skull. Ears of this breed are usually docked. Their nose is black and their eyes are dark in color. They have a long tail that reaches to the hock. The coat of the Dogo Argentino is short, glossy, and thick, and the coat color is always white.

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Depigmentation on the nose is never acceptable in the show ring. Although a Dogo Argentine with 100% white coat is always preferable, only one small part of the head with black coat is also acceptable. This is often seen around the eye. However, even the slightest bit of black coating on another part of the body surface (i.e. apart from the head) is never acceptable. Although black spots on various parts of the skin are wrongly considered a breed pureness defect, they actually are not. These possible spots on the skin are inherent by the Pointer, which is one of the ancestors of Dogo Argentine.

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The Dogo Argentino is an outstanding guardian that is easy to train. They are loyal to their family, cheerful, and highly intelligent. They are very affectionate towards people they know, and they are very patient and good with children. This breed does best with a firm, consistent owner that will give plenty of love and attention. The adult Dogo Argentino will sometimes respond aggressively to other dogs, but they are usually not the one to initiate the confrontation. This breed generally isn’t suitable for first-time dog owners. Like all other dog breeds, temperament will vary from one specimen to the next. If trained and socialized from an early age, the Dogo Argentino will get along well with other pets.

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24 – 27 inches
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80 – 100 pounds
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General Health

There are no recorded health-related issues or concerns for the Dogo Argentino. This breed typically lives for 10 to 12 years.

This breed has a history of being susceptible to deafness. When researching breeders make sure they produce records that show their males and females are all in good health and not prone to deafness. Deaf dogs are often irritable and do not do well around children or novice owners. If left out in the sun, they may sunburn.

Currently, the Dogo is listed at number twelve on the list of dog breeds mostly likely to have hip dysplasia. It is important to find a breeder that actively x-rays their stock for hip dysplasia and submits the results. Other ailments include, heart and thyroid problems as well as skin allergies.

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The Dogo Argentino was developed in the 1920’s by Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez. Dr. Martinez’s overall goal was to develop a pack-hunting and guardian breed that was also a loving family companion. In order to achieve this goal, Dr. Martinez started with a breed of mastiff called the Dog of Cordoba. Although this breed is now extinct, it served as the foundation for the Dogo Argentino. In addition to the Dog of Cordoba, there were a number of other breeds that contributed to the Dogo Argentino. Such breeds include the Great Dane, the Spanish Mastiff, the Bulldog, the Bull Terrier, the Boxer, the Great Pyrenees, the Pointer, the Dogue de Bordeaux, and the Irish Wolfhound. The Dogo Argentino has a history of dog-fighting, and has received a blow to its reputation as a result. Britain has national legislation for the purpose of controlling dogs in public, and the Dogo Argentino is one of three dog breeds that are completely banned. While the Dogo Argentino may not be the choice for everyone, they make wonderful companions with proper training and socialization. People that train these dogs to fight have given them a bad name. The breed has a number of natural talents including competitive obedience, military and police work, narcotics detection, hunting, tracking, guarding, watching, and schutzhund.

The Dogo Argentino was first introduced into the United States in 1970 by Dr. Raul Zeballos. Dr. Zeballos was given a Dogo by Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez in 1950, and Dr. Zeballos has been breeding the Dogo true to Dr. Martinez standards ever since that time.

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The short-haired, single coat of the Dogo Argentino needs very little grooming or upkeep. Naturally, this breed’s coat does not posses any odor. The Dogo Argentino’s nails grow very quickly, so it’s important for owners to clip them frequently. The Dogo Argentino is an average shedder.

The Dogo requires daily exercise with running.

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Ideal Environment

The Dogo Argentino is content to live in a small household or apartment if it is given plenty of daily exercise. They are happiest with at least an average-sized yard, and they need a substantial amount of daily physical activity. This breed is sensitive to cold climates, so they shouldn’t be kept outside in below-freezing weather.

This breed prefers large yards and space to run.

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How long do you have to wait to clip your your doggo argentino's ears?

Cropping of the ears is usually done before the pyppies go to their new homes... around 8-10 weeks I believe...


When I brought my Dogo Argentino pup home when he was 12 weeks old and was a lot smaller than I imagined he would be. He is 8 months old now and weighs about 65 lbs. I was just wondering if this is the typical weight for his age or if he's smaller than the typical Dogo...

Hi, your dogo is fine, Remember that they are only supposed to weight between 80 to 100 lbs. My male dogo is 1 4 months and he is 97 lbs. But he is still growing and changing. You will notice that your dogo will stop growing and putting on weight but you will still see his body changing. My dogo keeps getting more cut every month but he docent put on weight. Remember also you wanna keep your dogo with in the standards of the breed. So don't worry you dogo for sure will put on at least 15 more ponds but the time it stops growing.


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need advice just got off the phone with a man that says he has dogo puppy's showed me picture of the mother and father both are great looking dogo. how ever two of the littler puppy's are black. he say that it's rear to have black dogo. I have never heard of or seen it before any one else have. does anyone know if it's possible to have a black dogo.

It is a default to have a black dogo. This is what I have been told by breeders.

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