Argentine Dogo Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Argentine Dogo so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginArgentina flagArgentina
Other Names
What other names does the Argentine Dogo have?
Argentine MastiffArgentine Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Argentine Dogo Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Argentine Dogo puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$2800-$5000
If you choose to purchase the Argentine Dogo, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Argentine Dogo for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Argentine Dogo gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Argentine Dogo?
Average: The Argentine Dogo is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Argentine Dogo Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the Argentine Dogo weigh? Argentine Dogo weight:
Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Argentine Dogo? Argentine Dogo average weight:
Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Argentine Dogo? Argentine Dogo height:
Male: 24-27 inches (64-68 cm), Female: 23-25 inches (60-64 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Argentine Dogo average height:
Male: 25.5 inches (66 cm), Female: 24 inches (62 cm)

Argentine Dogo Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Argentine Dogo have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Argentine Dogo's coat?
White
Grooming
How to groom the Argentine Dogo and how often?
Easy to groom: The Argentine Dogo doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Argentine Dogo is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Argentine Dogo dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Argentine Mastiff?
Argentine Dogos shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Argentine Dogo need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Argentine Dogo every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Argentine Dogo Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Argentine Dogo have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
SociableLoyalProtectiveTolerantLoving
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Argentine Dogo? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Argentine Dogo's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Argentine Dogo dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Argentine Dogos are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Argentine Dogos, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Argentine Dogo sensitivity:
Argentine Dogos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average: Argentine Dogos are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Argentine Mastiff need? Argentine Dogo social needs:
Argentine Dogos need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Argentine Dogo dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Argentine Mastiff bark?
Low to Average: The Argentine Dogo rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Argentine Dogo good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Argentine Dogos are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Argentine Dogo dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Argentine Dogo dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Argentine Dogos are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Argentine Dogo can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Argentine Dogo will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Argentine Dogo bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Argentine Mastiff? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Argentine Dogo? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Argentine Dogo has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Argentine Dogo has a hard bite?

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Argentine Dogo bite force: The Strongest. Dogs that have a strong bite force are usually quite powerful and large. They are very protective of themselves and their families, therefore a dog bite from them could be exceptionally dangerous with their PSI being above 400. It is important that they’re trained to be around others safely.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Argentine Dogo do?
Argentine Dogos have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Argentine Dogos need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Argentine Dogo to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Argentine Dogo roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Argentine Dogo is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Argentine Dogo have high prey drive?
Argentine Dogos have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Argentine Dogo dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Argentine Dogo good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Argentine Dogo breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Argentine Dogo indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Argentine Dogos adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Argentine Dogo Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Argentine Dogo temperament with other people:
Argentine Dogos are not stranger friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Argentine Dogo dogs get along with other pets? Are Argentine Dogo dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Argentine Dogos do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Argentine Dogo dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Argentine Dogo temperament with children:
Argentine Dogos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Argentine Dogo dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Argentine Dogos are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Argentine Dogo good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Argentine Dogo dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Argentine Dogos are not dog-friendly. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Argentine Dogo is not the best choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Argentine Dogo breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Argentine Dogos are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Argentine Dogos good office dogs? Do Argentine Dogos make good office friendly dogs? Can Argentine Dogos be office dogs?
No
Argentine Dogo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Argentine Dogo dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Argentine Mastiff temperament with senior people? Are Argentine Dogo dogs good for elderly owners?
Argentine Dogos are commonly okay with elderly people.

Argentine Dogo Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Argentine Dogo dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Argentine Dogos tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Argentine Dogo breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Argentine Dogo breed? Most common health risks of Argentine Dogo:
AllergiesCancerDeafnessHip DysplasiaHypothyroidism
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Argentine Dogo breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Argentine Dogo see the vet?
Frequent
The Argentine Dogo should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Argentine Dogo dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Argentine Dogo be? What is the age limit of the Argentine Dogo? How many years can the oldest Argentine Dogo live?
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Argentine Dogo: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Argentine Dogo breed hypoallergenic?
No
Argentine Dogos don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Argentine Dogo have? What is the activity level of the Argentine Dogo?
Argentine Dogos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Argentine Dogo dogs require per day?
Argentine Dogos need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Argentine Dogos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Argentine Dogo need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Argentine Dogo risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Argentine Dogo has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Argentine Dogo's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Argentine Dogo has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Argentine Dogo drool?
The Argentine Dogo is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Argentine Dogo As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Argentine Dogo be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Argentine Dogo is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Argentine Dogo be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Argentine Dogo be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Argentine Dogo is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Argentine Dogo be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Argentine Dogo is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Argentine Dogo be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Argentine Dogo is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Argentine Dogo be a boat dog?

Not really

Argentine Dogo breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Argentine Dogo be a drafting dog?

Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Argentine Dogo breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Argentine Dogo dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs. A combat dog is a specially trained dog that is used in warfare to help protect military personnel and assets. Combat dogs are often deployed in areas where there is potential for contact with the enemy, such as during raids or search operations. Combat dogs are typically assigned to either infantry or special operations units. They are used for a variety of tasks including area security, sentry duty, trackers, and explosive detection. In addition to their combat roles, combat dogs also play an important role in troop morale by providing companionship and emotional support.

Argentine Dogo Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Argentine Dogo: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Argentine Dogo have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Argentine Dogo Recognition

AKC Group
Is Argentine Dogo recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed.
FCI Group
Is Argentine Dogo recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Argentine Dogo breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNational Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Federacion Cinologica ArgentinaBackwoods Bulldog Club

Argentine Dogo Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Argentine Dogo's has great intelligence.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Argentine Dogo doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Argentine Dogo has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Watchdog Ability: Argentine Dogos are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Argentine Dogos have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Argentine Dogos are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Argentine Dogos tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Argentine Dogos don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Argentine Dogo breed.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Argentine Dogo is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Cat Friendly: Argentine Dogos are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Argentine Dogos are not dog-friendly.
  • Office Friendly: Argentine Dogo is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Argentine Dogo History

The Dogo Argentino, as its name already suggests, can trace its origins back to Cordoba, in the Central part of Argentina. The development process of the breed is pleasingly easy to trace back, thanks to the documentation and records about the breed’s evolution.

The Argentine Dogo was created in 1928, by a doctor and breeder named Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez. The breed is a direct descendant of the now-extinct Cordoba Fighting Dog, which was developed from Bull and Mastiff-type breeds. The breeder’s work was based on the methodical cross-breeding of multiple purebreds with the long-existing Cordoba Fighting Dog. Dr. Martinez crossed the Cordoba Fighting Dog with other breeds, with the intention of developing a new breed that is as courageous and strong as the Cordoba Fighting Dog, while being superior in almost every other sense, and being less aggressive than its predecessors. He used a huge variety of breeds, as the DNA base for the Argentine Dogo, and he never failed to document each mating process. The Irish Wolfhound provided stature, the Great Dane was included to add jaw strength and height, the English Bulldog and the Bull Terrier provided the boldness and pluck, the Boxer was added to provide good nature and faithfulness, the Dogue de Bordeaux was introduced for its large head, the Great Pyrenees was added to obtain the homogenous white color, and the Spanish Mastiff was introduced because of its robust physique. After a thorough behavioural and character selection, throughout different generations, Dr. Martinez achieved the goal he set out, when the first litter of Argentine Dogo was born.

The Argentine Dogo was fully established in 1947. In the same year, Dr. Martinez entered into a fight with a boar and a cougar, in which the dog had won. For the reason that the tournament was filmed, the dogs’ notoriety ensured their popularity in their native country, Argentina, as well as in other South-American countries. Their popularity grew, even more, when people started to realize that Dr. Martinez has managed to develop a trustworthy, loyal companion with a muscular built and a strong prey drive, which is a perfect fit for all kinds of hunting in the rugged environment of Argentina. The Argentine Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1964, thus the Argentine Dogo’s international popularity began to grow. The FCI (Fédération Internationale Cynologique) registered the Argentine Dogo in 1973, as the first and only dog breed that is indigenous to Argentina. However, the AKC gave the breed recognition much later, in 2000.

The Argentine Dogo is an incredibly versatile breed, nowadays they both fulfill their initial role as a hunting companion and guarding dog, and also, they are kept as family pets. Many of the breed’s specimens are employed by the military as personal protection, search and rescue dogs, but the breed also can be seen alongside physically disabled or blind people, as therapy or helping dogs. Even though the breed has many advocates, it is banned in several countries including Norway, the UK, and Australia, because of their reputation of being aggressive towards animals and humans, thus being a potentially deadly risk for all. This was a controversial decision in every country, many critics claimed that the breed is rarely aggressive, if taught and socialized adequately from a very young age.

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Argentine Dogo Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Sadikov

    Mar 20, 2020, 11:28:31 PM:

    My Dogo Argentino is highly dog/pet/stranger friendly since she grow up with cats and visit a dogs parks pretty often. She are sleeping more than 12 hours and pretty lazy. She loves grooming and totally a therapy Dog