The Dogo Argentino
The Dogo Argentino History
Argentine Dogo, Dogo Argentino, the Argentine Mastiff, or simply the Dogo, no matter how you refer to this masterpiece of a breed, the two P’s that will always surface are the words-Powerful and Protective.
Historically, the Dogo Argentino emerged in the 1920’s as a result of Antonio Nores Martinez and Agustin combining the genetics of approximately 10 of the world’s most well-loved breeds including but not limited to the Pointer, the Boxer, the Spanish Mastiff, and the Great Dane. Characteristically then, it is not difficult to understand why the Dogo is rapidly becoming known as one of the most adored, athletically developed, naturally protective, and intelligent working class canine companions. Combining the right owner(s), early socialization, and quality canine training the Dogo can be one of the most satisfying and stable family protection companions!
The Dogo Argentino, is one of the most versatile canines due to its ability to channel guardian-like instincts, fearlessness, power, and animal aggression while maintaining its fondness and frolicsome (playful) behavior towards family and within social settings. The Dogo was bred to pack-hunt big-game such as Pumas or Wild Boars and possesses strong prey drive which accounts for the need to have an owner with the mentality of an Alpha. The ideal owner will have the proper respect for the power, intelligence, and the abilities of what we consider to be a superb breed. Although the mechanics or makeup of the Dogo Argentino allows it to function as a mighty force when the situation or circumstance warrants, it is unique in its ability to be sensitive towards family often times soliciting physical attention or contact from family members. The Dogo is also known for it’s display of a peaceful, calm, or composed behavior when indoors. A breed that encompasses it all-athleticism, protective instincts, playfulness, calmness.
The pure-bred properly socialized and well-trained Dogo is highly responsive which makes it an apt guardian/protection companion, It is also robust, resilient, full of physical power and energy BUT is equally loving, loyal, affectionate, socially adaptable, and balanced. Diversification appropriately describes this beauty of a canine. In addition to being a great family companion, the Dogo is also being used for a range of purposes including police work, competition (protection and confirmation), hunting, service dogs, and guard work.
Argentine Dogo, Dogo Argentino, the Argentine Mastiff, or simply the Dogo, no matter how you refer to this masterpiece of a breed-from the province of Cordoba in the central region of Argentina-discover for yourself why this breed continues to earn it’s impressive reputation.
The Dogo – in keeping with the working class guardian that it is- has a large head and a powerful jaw. The cranium shape of a Dogo is rounded and the muzzle is curved upward. The Dogo Argentino is dominantly white with very few variations in the pigmentation. Periodically, a Dogo may have a black spot on the head referred to as Pirata or a black patch may appear around the eye. Overall though, the coat of a Dogo is white, thick and shiny with virtually no undercoat. The nose of the Dogo Argentino is generally black with perhaps a slight hint of pinkish coloration. The ears of the Dogo Argentino are usually cropped, they set atop the head upright and usually are triangular in shape. The eye color of the Dogo varies from dark brown to hazel; however, the rim of the eyes usually are either black or pink.
The Dogo Argentino has the body that people pay millions for- lean, muscular, and highly elastic skin. The Dogo is a great balance of sturdiness and style. It’s chest is proportionate and sturdy, the tail is long and strong, and the neck of the Dogo is thick and robust.
The Argentino Dogo typically weighs between 80-110 pounds, it has a height of 24 to 28 inches at the shoulders with a life span of approximately 10-12 years on average.
Impressive is the word that embodies the physical characteristics of the Dogo and temperament alike.
The Dogo Argentino and Children
The age old questions centered on whether a particular breed is good with children will continue to be a topic of great concern and understandably so. Identifying a definite answer will prove to be the greatest challenge though due to the fact that varying opinions on this matter are very subjective, relative, and comparative. Therefore, as an advocate of the Dogo Argentino, taking into consideration it’s natural protective instincts, it is our opinion that the Dogo is a solid and favored choice as a family protection companion.
The Dogo Argentino, was designed in such a way that children are endearing to the breed. Children and Dogo’s are relatable to one another and bonding in most cases comes with ease due to numerous personality related similarities of both of their dispositions. Pinpointing a few of the same qualities that the Dogo Argentino and children share in common, such as high energy levels, playfulness, a craving for stimulation and affection, humility, intelligence, friendliness, and trusting with family, makes this breed a strong contender as a canine companion for an environment with children. It’s protective qualities are superior to many other breeds. In most cases, this breed feels secure and unthreatened by the presence of children and therefore many children tend to be drawn to the Dogo for the same reasons.
When considering any breed as a potential family companion or family protection canine, it is imperative to be informed about the physical and mental characteristics or makeup of the breed. Therefore, the Dogo Argentino’s size and power should be factors to consider. A trained and well-socialized Dogo can be a very pleasant and controlled family companion that will not hesitate to prove its loyalty and its ability to protect to members of the family- children in-particularly.
When selecting a Dogo Argentino, please seek reputable breeders only that pride themselves on preserving the integrity and stability of the breed. Knowledge empowers, so we encourage you to make an informed decision and professional canine training is highly recommended.
The Dogo Aregentino is loving and lovable and could make a wonderful addition to your family!