The Dogo Argentino appears to be very angry and intimidating. However, in the course of breeding, the aggressive qualities of the dog disappeared. They can easily compete even with cougars and other animals twice their size, but there must be a good reason for that. They are lovely home guards, protectors, genuinely love children and spending time with them.
|Another Name||Dogos Argentinos (plural)|
|Height||Males 60-68 cm|
Females 60-65 cm
|Weight||Males 40-45 kg|
Females 40-43 kg
|FCI Classification||Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs|
|Group||Guard dogs, protection dogs|
It is now the only dog breed that has been bred in Argentina. Argentine scientist Antonio Nores Martinez used about ten dog breeds to generate it, and in the 1920s, he succeeded.
Antonio worked for a long time to breed a strong and, at the same time, non-aggressive Great Dane. The dog’s main task was to hunt prey.
For thirty years, the scientist perfected the breed with the help of other types of dogs. And in 1928, he succeeded, the breed was officially recognized.
For a long time, Dogo Argentino lived only in Argentina, and only in the 70s began to spread to the countries of the world. Now the breed is trendy in Italy and France.
The Dogo Argentino is a vast and robust dog. The mouth can be 60 to 68 cm in male dogs and 60 to 65 cm in female dogs. The pet’s weight is also bulky – 45-65 cm for males and 40-55 cm for females.
The physique is muscular, powerful, gives the impression of a fighting dog. Usually, the nose at the lip of the dog has black pigmentation. The eyes are small, dark brown, or light brown.
The limbs are relatively long; the hindquarters are well muscled. The Dogo Argentino coat is short (no more than 2 cm), smooth, and is allowed to be pure white or white with one black or dark spot on the head. The ears are widely spaced one from the other, as are the eyes.
The Dogo Argentino appears to be very angry and intimidating. However, in the course of breeding, the aggressive qualities of the dog disappeared.
They can easily compete even with cougars and other animals twice their size, but there must be a good reason for that. They are lovely home guards, protectors, genuinely love children and spending time with them.
Dogs are not very friendly to other animals that live in the same area, so it will be better to have them in the house where they are the owners. Pets will be happy to walk with the owner, actively spend time. You can easily take them with you for jogging or other activities.
Dogo Argentinos are, to some extent, eternal puppies, they will willingly play when they are already old, so there should always be toys for him in the house. Body contact with the owner is vital for this breed. Therefore, they will always look for an opportunity to snuggle next to them to be stroked.
Dogo Argentino can live both in the house and in the apartment. The main thing is that it should always be indoors in cold weather, as a short coat does not keep the dog warm in the cold.
Walk your dog regularly, twice a day. During the walk, it is necessary to carry out various activities.
It is recommended to brush the dog’s hair twice a week; during shedding, the procedure should be performed daily. It is worth bathing once a month with unique products.
Their ears should be washed once a week. Twice a week you should brush your teeth with a special toothpaste.
The condition of your dog’s eyes should also be taken into consideration – wash them regularly with chamomile tea, and consult a doctor if they become watery or red. Nails should be filed once a week, and paw pads should be checked after walks for cracks. If these appear, it is worth lubricating them with vegetable oil.
The dog should be trained from the first day in the house. Gradually introduce your dog to the easy commands, and then you can give the hard ones.
Dogos Argentinos are brilliant and can remember information quickly. However, it would help if you recognized that they are very cunning. And if you do not show the animal from childhood who is the master of the house, you will not be able to do it in the future.
Socialization of your dog is vital from an early age. Teach him to people to treat other animals well, and he will not be aggressive in the future. It is worth remembering to praise your dog after he does well and to encourage him with treats.
Health in Dogos Argentinos is vital, but there are cases of congenital deafness, which is affected by the color of the dog. Allergies can occur, so observe for allergens.
From childhood, nutrition should be balanced and correct. An adult dog should be fed twice a day. There are two food options – natural food or food. There should always be clean drinking water in one of the bowls.