Dr Tracy Douglas
Your guide to this review today is by veterinarian Dr Tracy Douglas
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Are you looking for a friend who is loyal and trustworthy? Or you are in search of a pal who will not back down from any outside threat against you and will square up to any aggression with confidence in his abilities to protect you? Well, then let me introduce you to the Dogo Argentino. If you need a companion who will be there to lift you at your lowest moments and share with you in your happiest periods, this dog is truly your best bet! At an average height of about 25 to 28 inches, the Dogo Argentino is a dependable dog, athletic, fearless, and a caring buddy. The Dogo Argentino can smell danger or predators from miles away, and this is why they are every thief’s nightmare. When they keep watch over your house, nothing goes pass them or comes in without them sensing. Their well-built physique, pure and beautiful white coat makes them stand out from the crowd. Let’s get to know more about this ferocious, highly-spirited mini-superstar.

Dogo Argentino sitting

History of the Dogo Argentino

The Dogo Argentino breed is also called the Argentinian mastiff, and it came into existence in Argentina in the early 1920s. It is an offspring of the fighting puppy of Cordoba, which is at the moment extinct. Its development is credited to two siblings, namely Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez and Agustin. The two brothers desired a gallant and courageous hunting puppy that was capable of handling the topography of their homeland. They developed the Dogo Argentino puppy to use in hunting and to serve as their guardian. The two siblings used specific breeding to lessen the Argentinian mastiff’s impulse to combat or fight. They also replaced the combating drive of the Argentino dog with his obligation to embark on a hunt. They crossbreed two or more breeds to attain the desirable characteristics that we have in the Argentinian mastiff today. The brothers succeeded in creating a dependable companion with a powerful prey instinct. The Dogo Argentino size is a sight to behold as it is powerfully built, which makes it perfect when embarking on hunting in a rugged landscape.  However, the Argentino dog became very unpopular when the dog was exploited and used as a fighter in puppy fights in Britain. In 1991 Dogo Argentino puppy was legally prohibited in England.

Quick Facts About the Dogo Argentino 

Here are some quick facts you need to know about the Dogo Argentino puppy.

  • They’re banned in certain countries: The Dogo Argentino became unpopular in most jurisdictions as most governments sought to legislate against the use of the dog in fighting competitions. Countries such as Singapore, Fiji, Denmark, Australia, Iceland, and Ukraine have banned the Argentino dog. As such, it is unlawful to possess a Dogo Argentino without legal authority.
  • They’re used in law enforcement agencies: The Dogo Argentino puppies are loyal, trustworthy, and fearless. These traits make them perfect for police work, serve as service dogs in the military, or used in rescue missions.
  • They’re not American bulldogs: The Dogo Argentino is mostly confused and thought of as an American bulldog breed. Again, because of its height and white coat, some people refer to the Argentinian mastiff as an American Pitbull.
  • They have strong sensitivity to smells: The Dogo Argentino can smell wild boars, pumas, and other predators from miles away, and this trait makes the dog ideal for hunting primarily in harsh terrains.
  • They have a pure white pattern or coat: They have beautiful white coats with small black patches on their skin. However, there are hardly ever any spots on their fur.
  • Height: The Dogo Argentino size is one feature that differentiates this bold dog from other puppies. The Argentinian mastiff has an average elevation of between 24 to 26 inches for Dogo Argentino females and 24 to 27 inches for Argentino males. The average weight is between 40 to 45kg.
  • They’re fond of cuddling: Yes, don’t be fooled by its fearsome look. Dogo Argentino dogs enjoy cuddling their owners. They’re loyal to the bone and will go to every length to protect their human family.
  • Lifespan: The lifespan of a dogo Argentinian puppy is between 10-12 years.
  • Hardworking: They are diligent, and they have to be assigned a lot of work daily to avert boredom.
  • They’re energetic: Dogo Argentino is full of energy, and as such, they need intense exercise daily. They are also perfect walking partners. However, because the skin of Dogo Argentino puppies is sensitive to sunlight, they must not be exposed to environments with high temperatures.

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Dogo Argentino standing on the road

Things You Should Know About The Dogo Argentino

In this section, we will give you all the necessary information you require concerning training, feeding, grooming, health, and temperament. If you’re indecisive about owning a Dogo Argentino, then read this segment to make the final decision.

Training

Dogo Argentino can be coached to be aggressive hunting puppies, guard dogs, or socialized to be a bit tender in a family environment. When training a Dogo Argentino, it is essential to be patient and persistent. The commands should be repeated several times and should be given in a loud voice. Also, desist from assaulting your Dogo Argentino during training or hitting him. This action will infuriate your dog or cause him to become aggressive, and oh, boy! You don’t want to get a Dogo Argentino mad. You want your dog to be adhering to your instructions rather than rebelling and so be patient when your dog is not heeding to your orders. The Dogo Argentino has to be coached from the start about certain types of conduct that is applicable in your home and those that are not tolerable. For instance, if you forbid your Dogo Argentino to lay on your living room furniture, then you have to coach them from the outset. You can issue a firm command and order your dog to get off your sofa. Alternatively, you can hold the Argentino dog’s front paws and prevent him whenever he desires to get on the couch, and subsequently, you have to issue a definite ‘No.’ This gesture will inform your puppy that it is unacceptable for him to mount your furniture. Also, you have to draw up a training schedule because the Dogo Argentino will treat the training sessions lightly if the exercise is done haphazardly and without proper planning. Again, rewarding your Dogo Argentino puppy with treats when he gets your instructions correctly is a great way to motivate him. Training for more prolonged periods should also be avoided since the Argentinian mastiff can quickly get fatigued. If you’re finding it difficult with the practice, we recommend you seek help from a professional dog trainer.

Feeding

Dogo Argentino puppy requires a well-balanced diet, especially for larger breeds and a clean source of water. The feeding requirements of a Dogo Argentino vary from a young age into adult age. The meal for the Dogo Argentino should be rich in nutrients and minerals. Protein is vital in developing their lean muscles and aids in the proper functioning of the heart. You should also feed the Argentino dog with the right amount of carbohydrates to provide him with adequate energy to burn. An adult Dogo Argentino should be served with a cup or two cups of nutrient-rich dry food or a cup of wet food daily. You should alternate between dry and moist meals because the wet foods will provide your puppy with the required moisture needed for his body. You should also avoid feeding the Dogo Argentino since it can make him obese, which can lead to respiratory and heart diseases. An ideal diet list for a Dogo Argentino should consist of boiled chicken, raw fish, 630 grams of beef in its natural state given once every day. It is also very necessary to find out your Dogo Argentino’s allergies to help you know which types of food your dog should eat or shouldn’t consume. Furthermore, provide your dog with clean water when he is thirsty and regularly wash his bowls. Additionally, you can consult your veterinarian about your dog’s dietary requirements.

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Dogo Argentino puppy

Grooming

Grooming provides an excellent opportunity to bond with your dog. You should trim their long nails often using pet clippers to prevent cracking. Your Dogo Argentino puppy’s teeth must be cleaned frequently with toothbrush and toothpaste. The Dogo Argentino’s size makes it difficult and challenging when grooming them. Irrespective of this difficulty, they should be given a good bath every two months and brushed twice a week. You should check whether the grooming brush is ideal for dog grooming, so your dog doesn’t get hurt. After bathing your Dogo Argentino, you should use a clean cloth to clean him up to fend off any infections. Unlike hairy breeds, the Argentinian mastiff does not shed too much hair; however, you still should have a small lint roller readily available. A reddish ear or a bad smell is a signal of infection in the ear of the argentine dog. As such, regularly clean the ear of the Dogo Argentino to prevent wax from building up in his ear. Alternatively, you can always resort to the services of professional pet groomers to help you take proper care of your buddy.

Health

To help your Dogo Argentino stay healthy and looking his best, consider the following medical information.

  • Deafness: Deafness is a severe health issue affecting ten percent of puppies. It is referred to as pigment-associated deafness, and it is common in dogs with full white coats.
  • Dental Problems: Dental disease affects eight out of 10 dogs by age three. Dental issues in Dogo Argentino begin with the growth of tartar on your dog’s teeth and result in the gums being infected. If it is not treated early, it could result in loss of teeth and could also harm your Argentinian mastiff’s kidney or liver.
  • Obesity: Overfeeding your Dogo Argentino can cause him to become overweight, and this is a severe health challenge among dogs. It can lead to kidney disease, heart disease, problems in the joints, and high blood pressure. Therefore, reduce the portion of food you give your Dogo Argentino puppy and embark on regular walks with your pal.
  • Hip Dysplasia: Hip dysplasia affects the hip of your dog. It causes the deformation of your dog’s hip joints. It can also result in your dog having arthritis, and you might observe that your Dogo Argentino puppy struggles to rise out of your sofa after sleeping. Arthritis can be treated if reported early, and treatment will relieve your dog from pain.
  • Glaucoma: It is a health issue that damages the eye of the Argentinian mastiff. If not treated early, it can result in blindness. There are several symptoms you can look out for, such as squinting, reddish eyes, and the eyes of the dog becoming watery.
  • Parasite Attack: Different types of bugs and worms can annex your Dogo Argentino dog’s body. Ear mites and fleas can take over your dog’s skin and infest the skin. Also, when you serve the Argentinian mastiff with unsafe drinking water, it will cause hookworms and heartworms to enter into your dog’s stomach. Furthermore, mosquito bites can cause serious health problems for your dog. Thus, we recommend you test them often for symptoms of these diseases.

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Temperament

The Argentinian mastiff has a great personality and a strong character. The Argentino dog is a fearless, courageous, and loyal dog. They’re also extremely territorial, which makes them perfect watch or guard dogs. The Argentino dog will fiercely protect you and your household from any aggressor or predator. They have a potent killer or attacking instinct, which makes them bad companions and not ideal to have them live among other pets such as cats. They are also very aggressive towards strangers or people they barely see in the home. However, this killer drive is advantageous to them when they are hunting. Argentino dogs don’t concede defeat, and they will fight tooth and nail until the threat is neutralized. They also have incredible speed, reflexes, and intelligence you can only find in world-class athletes. Also, they need to be socialized at an early age to make them feel at home and for them to become great playing pals to your children. Dogo Argentino puppies are highly active, and as such, you have to keep them engaged as often as possible. Thus, if you’re laid back, then this energetic dog is not ideal for you. Dogo Argentino dogs have a great disposition and enjoy playing with the family, so why leave them alone for them to be bored to death.

Dogo Argentino dog on a leash

To Summarize

In conclusion, the powerfully built Argentino dog was developed for difficult terrains and for hunting down the most hardened predators in the game, no matter their size. The Dogo Argentino puppy has a great personality, and he will go to great lengths to protect his human family irrespective of the danger. In spite of his killer drive in pursuing his adversaries, the dogo Argentinian mastiff can be coached and socialized to integrate well with your family. Training a Dogo Argentino can be tiring and challenging, but if you’re patient, you can mold this vicious dog into your favorite companion.

Dr Tracy Douglas
General Practice Veterinarian, currently working at the Glenwood Veterinary Clinic, Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Dr. Douglas began her veterinary career as a Veterinary Nurse in Highton Veterinary Clinic, Highton Victoria, and then as an Emergency Veterinarian in Uintah Pet Emergency, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tracy is particularly interested in surgery, neurology and internal medicine, which gives her a well-rounded knowledge on animal health and well-being. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Melbourne, while her undergraduate bachelor of science is from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

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