Dogo Argentino

Description Dogo Argentino

Dominant, Loyal, Cheerful
They are white beefcakes with big hearts and excellent dogs. But Dogo Argentinos are still relatively unknown in Germany. Not so in other countries. In his native Argentina, a Dogo Argentino even became a film legend thanks to the film El Perro.FCI Group: Pinscher – Schnauzer – Molosser – Swiss Mountain Dogs

  • Size: Large
  • Weight: 40-50kg
  • Life expectancy: 10-13 years
  • Coat type: short hair
  • Colours: White (possibly with a black spot around the eye)

Character Dogo Argentino

The white athletes are relatively large for a domestic dog, standing about 60 to 70 centimeters at the shoulder. An adult Argentine Mastiff weighs between 40 and 50 kilograms. She is one of the Molosser dogs.
As a rule, the Argentine mastiff is an all-white dog. However, the black nose and dark eyes already indicate that he is not an albino.

The white coat color and a short top coat are important breeding traits.
Nevertheless, some specimens have dark spots on the fur on their heads. However, according to the breeding standard, at least 90% of the head must be pure white. Dark spotted skin pigmentation is also characteristic of the athletic dog. This must not be visible through the fur.

Due to the strict rules regarding coat color, hereditary diseases often occur.
The head looks quite large and bulky. The base of the ears is on the side of the head and is relatively high. The shape of the ears is one of the tilt ears. Cropping of the ears is often practiced with this breed of dog.

This modification is not species-appropriate and is banned in many European countries. Cropping the ears is intended to give it a more dangerous appearance.
The Argentine Mastiff carries a long saber tail. She has an open character. He is friendly and playful.

Since he gets along very well with children, this dog is also recommended for families.
Actually, this breed of dog was bred as a hunting dog. A fact that cannot be hidden. The hunter is deep in his bones. Even through consistent training, the hunting instinct cannot be lost from the sow dog.

Furthermore, this instinct goes hand in hand with a strong intention to kill. When hunting, the Dogo Argentino behaves extremely skilfully and silently stalks its prey.
Due to the strength of character, it is difficult to raise an Argentine mastiff. She doesn’t like to submit. Inconsistent parenting can lead to serious problems.

An aggressive dog is difficult to get back under control. In general, he counts as a fighting dog. But the Dogo Argentino also usually shows a very dominant behavior towards other dogs.
For these reasons, the breed is on the breed list in some countries. In some countries, keeping them is forbidden or only possible under special conditions.

The dog breed wants to show its fitness and needs to be worked out. With sufficient exercise and good posture, a Dogo Argentino will live between 10 and 12 years.

Diet Dogo Argentino

Don’t underestimate the hunger of these muscular hunks. The food path in the Argentine mastiff is quite short compared to other dog breeds. Because of this, this breed is prone to flatulence.
It is important to ensure that the food is of high quality, otherwise intolerances may occur. These usually manifest themselves as skin allergies.

You should therefore feed your Dogo Argentino easily digestible meat. Wet food is always preferable to dry food.
For this type of dog, you should also consider BARF, i.e. feeding them raw meat. It is best to feed the Argentine Mastiff its food in large pieces.

So he has to chew longer and is full faster.
In addition, you have to make sure that you give him enough fiber. Indigestible products such as flaxseed or a flake mix are good for the dog’s intestines. You can also feed them fruit and vegetables, because this breed of dog is an omnivore. Fruit is healthy and strengthens health.

Strong bones and muscles are also important. It is therefore advisable to use dietary supplements such as calcium or fish oil. This supports bone and muscle building.
Feeding should be divided into two meals a day. You should always give these at the same time.

Only then can the dog’s body adjust to the regularity of the feeding. If your dog is still a puppy, you should feed it more than twice a day. It is also important for puppies to use a special food for large puppies. Normal puppy food usually does not contain enough nutrients for the fast-growing dogs.
It is important to pay attention to the right weight.

Obesity is particularly fatal for Molosser dogs. The joints and the entire musculoskeletal system are usually affected. Large dogs also have an increased risk of gastric torsion. This is a life-threatening condition. Regular rest periods after meals can prevent this.


The Dogo Argentino is only recommended for experienced dog owners. The intelligent dog needs a lot of exercise. That’s why you should take him for a lot of walks and keep him mentally busy. He has an excellent sense of smell, so you can play hidden object games with him. If you want, you can even have him trained as a search dog.

Agility or tournament sports are also recommended.
Argentine mastiffs are family dogs. That’s why you shouldn’t keep her in a kennel. Dogs that are often left alone are at risk of serious behavioral problems. This can then lead to dogs that can no longer be brought under control.

When it comes to grooming, the Argentinean Mastiff is not fussy. With its short hair, the outdoor dog was bred to be a hardy hunting companion. That has remained: it is easy to care for, to this day. You should brush the fur several times a week to remove dirt. It is also recommended to remove dead hair.

You can also do this with a dog groomer.
You should carefully clean your ears about twice a month. In addition, it can happen that the claws do not wear out enough. Then they have to be shortened with claw pliers. Dog claws are supplied with blood almost to the front.

If you’re not experienced with clipping claws, you’d better see a vet.
Regular bathing is harmful to this dog. It destroys the skin’s natural weather protection and should only be done in exceptional cases. Special dog shampoo should be used for this. There is nothing wrong with a summer bath in a stream or a paddling pool.

Puppies should have a hearing test after six weeks. Congenital deafness is common in this breed of dog.


The white attack dog is native to the Cordoba province of Argentina. It was originally bred as a fighting dog and for hunting wild boar and big cats. In the meantime, this breed of dog has become a working dog in South America.
In the middle of the 20th century, the demands placed on this dog changed. Back then, you still wanted a dog with strength and a low threshold.

Nevertheless, no people should be attacked. It was Antonio Nores Martinez’s attempt to breed a new hunting dog. This should be able to be used to hunt cougars or panthers. Common European dogs were too weak for this.
Crossing local fighting dogs, mastiffs and pointers eventually resulted in the Dogo Argentino.

The attack dog should be slowly lost. Only one capable hunting dog should remain. The white color of the dog’s coat should ensure that the dog is easily seen when hunting. The idea behind this was to avoid accidentally shooting the dog.
In 1928 the breeder’s son established the first uniform breed standard.

In 1973 this breed was recognized by the FCI, the largest governing body for dog breeds. It was classified under Section 2 Molossoids .
It wasn’t until 1968 that the first Dogo Argentino came to Europe. This breed remains fairly rare and unknown outside of the South American continent.

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The Dogo Argentino is an incredibly strong dog. It is therefore important to ensure that the leash is robust. This should be of sufficient length. It is often not possible to let an Argentine Mastiff walk off a leash. Therefore, a towing line is recommended if necessary.

You have to decide for yourself whether you want a harness or a collar. A harness is more comfortable for the dog, it does not press on the larynx. However, a pulling dog with a harness is more difficult to control. In the case of educational difficulties, a Halti should be considered.
The Argentine mastiff is a fighting dog.

Therefore, muzzles may be compulsory in some places. That’s why you should also consider buying a muzzle. Toys that challenge the dog’s mind are recommended.

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