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Dogo Argentino


Dogo Argentino Facts

  • Group
  • Working
  • Affiliations
  • AKC, UKC
  • Height
  • 23.5" - 27"
  • Weight
  • 85-100+ lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • White
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Argentine Dogo.


The Dogo Argentino is the only native breed from Argentina.

Date Of Origin

This breed was purposefully created in 1928.


The dogo Argentino was developed in 1920 by Dr. Antonio Martinez, an Argentinean doctor, for use as a big game hound. Mastiffs, bulldogs, bull terriers, and old fighting dogs of Cordoba all went into its mix. It was bred to track boar, puma and jaguar, and then attach and hold the animal for the hunter.Recently, A Dogo Argentino was the star of Carlos Sor?n's 2005 movie Bombon. It was a surprise hit on the art-house cinema circuit and was a parable about a middle-aged man who discovered that society placed a higher value on his prize-winning, pedigree dog than himself.


This is a large, muscular, and powerful dog that is slightly longer than it is tall. The large, broad head has a short, broad muzzle; the short drop ears are set wide and may be cropped into small erect triangles or left natural. There is a large, black nose that may have pink on it, and almond-shaped, dark brown to dark hazel eyes. There is a deep chest, muscular hindquarters, and a natural tail. The short, smooth coat is white, although one dark marking is allowed on the head.


The dogo Argentino is a reliable dog that is affectionate with friends and family but wary with strangers. It is intelligent and likes to be the center of attention. It is highly trainable and generally enjoys children.


This dog is used for hunting, as a companion, and as a watch dog.

Health Concerns

Deafness, hip dysplasia, sun sensitivity.

Additional Information

Because of the fine, light coat this breed will require shade while out of doors or sunscreen such as Epi-Pet Sun Protector sunscreen.

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Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

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Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle


Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

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