Dogo Argentino Dog Breed Information - All About Dogs

Dogo Argentino

Dogo Argentino


The Dogo Argentino, also known as Argentine Mastiff, was bred in Argentina, in the 1920s by Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, for the purpose of big-game hunting. Over time, these dogs began to be used for police and military purposes, as a family guard dog and guide dog. Unfortunately, the Dogo Argentino has become the most popular dog involved in the bloody dog fights, and as a result, obtained a negative reputation. This breed is banned in certain countries such as Ukraine, Iceland, Australia and Singapore. In the United Kingdom, under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, it is illegal to own a Dogo Argentino without lawful authority.

Height: 23-30 inches  Weight: 88-120 pounds  Lifespan: 10-12 years


This breed has a truly unique coat, extremely strong and expressive jaws. The Dogo Argentino is a mastiff with outstanding muscular proportions. He is very clever, brave and has balanced character. Because aggressive traits are purposely bred out, attacks on humans or other pets are extremely rare.


The Dogo Argentino is unsuitable for dog breeders with no experience. This is a very dominant dog requiring the owner who could subdue him. It is essential to acquire the dog from a responsible breeder, so you can be sure of its foreseeable nature. The Dogo Argentino is a loyal and devoted family dog. He is an excellent defender of his home and his territory. 

Although Dogo Argentino gets along well with children, do not leave them unattended. Dogs of this breed all kind and simply radiate dignity and impressiveness. But, potential owners should be aware that, unfortunately, this dog may be prohibited by the law. In addition, insurance companies are not always willing to give the policy to the owner, due to certain legal authority.

Coat / Care:

Dogo Argentino

Dogo Argentinos are covered with a glossy, thick, short and soft hair. They shed constantly, so in order to minimize hair loss, weekly cleaning is a must. Bathe your dog only when necessary using a mild shampoo or shampoo designed specifically for white wool. It is necessary to cut dog nails.

Health Problems

The Dogo Argentino has almost no health problems, although they may experience pigment-related deafness. Hip dysplasia is also a common health concern. The Dogo Argentino has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.


Early intense socialization and dog training unquestioning obedience is an absolute must. The Dogo Argentino is a very smart dog, training should be based on respect, love, firmness, fairness and consistency. Good results can be achieved with the help of the remuneration. Despotic discipline, excessive rigidity or isolation can lead to unpredictable behavior. These animals are perfect example of high-quality guide dogs.


Argentine dogs require regular and exhaustive exercise. Do not keep them in the apartment. The ideal ambience for these animals is a small, secluded courtyard. The Dogo Argentino can be the perfect companion for walking or jogging, of course using the secure leash and muzzle.

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