The Argentine Dogo!

The Argentine Dogo, also known as the Argentinian Mastiff is the only native purebred large-game hunting dog developed by Argentina. It has a big skull with a head that has a concave-convex profile. Its eyes are deeply set, its nose strongly pigmented in black, its lips taut and its ears of triangular shape is well on top of its head. The body is muscular yet graceful, giving an over-all impression of strength. It has a long tail and a short white coat with no undercoat. It is said that the breed’s developer used at least 10 separate breeds to come up with the perfect pack hunter and guardian that is the Argentine Dogo. It should be noted that this breed is included in the banned breeds as per the Dangerous Dog Act 1991 due to the reputation it gained for participation in organized dog fights. This is clearly unfair to the breed as such behavior is primarily the responsibility of the owners.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
10-12 years

Energy Level:
Higher than average.

Living Conditions:
Flexible; but needs outdoor exercise.


Exercise Needs:
Daily 20 minute run or 45 minute walk.

Breed Group:


24 to 27 inches

80 to 100 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:

National breed club:
Dogo Argentino Club of America

Argentine Dogo Skills

The Argentine Dogo was developed to hunt wild boars, peccaries, pumas and other country predators in the Argentinean territory. It was also widely used as a fighting dog and family guardian. At present, this breed is being tapped for a variety of tasks such as police and military work, search and rescue, watch dogging, guarding, narcotics detection, competitive obedience and schutzhund.

Argentine Dogo Personality

The base of the Argentine Dogo breed was the Fighting Dog of Cordoba - now an extinct mastiff-type breed. Throughout its development, several bloodlines were added namely: the Pointer for the keen sense of smell; the Boxer for vivacity and gentleness; the Great Dane for its size; the Bull Terrier for its fearlessness, the Bulldog for ample chest and boldness; the Irish Wolfhound for its hunter’s instinct for wild game; the Dogue de Bordeaux for its powerful jaws; the Great Pyrenees for its white coat and the Spanish Mastiff for its power. The result was a powerful and confident dog that is loyal, playful, intelligent and even aggressive especially if it perceives any threat to any member of its family. However, it is best to provide early socialization with other animals and early obedience training.

Exercise Needs

First and foremost a hunter, the Argentine Dogo requires plenty of exercise. Exercise and other physical activities provide regular opportunities to release the immense energy contained in this kind of dog and to preserve its beautiful muscle tone. A bored Argentine Dogo usually resorts to annoying behavior.

Living Conditions

An Argentine Dogo would do well in an apartment but a house with an average–sized yard is preferable. It can lay quiet for hours with a soft couch and a warm body beside it. In fact, this is a dog that would want to lie on the lap and sit on its owner’s feet.

Grooming Requirements

The short and smooth coat of an Argentine Dogo requires minimum grooming. A rubber brush is rubbed over the body to keep the coat in good condition as well as facilitate removal of loose hairs. Extra attention should be given to the nails that need frequent clippings. Occasional baths and regular cleaning of teeth and ears will ensure the dog’s cheerful disposition.

Health Issues

About ten percent (10%) of Argentine Dogos are born deaf, a common problem with predominantly white breeds. The breed is also susceptible to hip dysplasia, skin allergies and sunburn.

If you liked this dog…

...a Great Dane is both a hunter and a pet in the same manner as an Argentine Dogo is. Both were developed to hunt wild boars but evolved into two of the most gentle pets and companions.


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