The determined and powerful Dogo Argentino has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years
The Dogo Argentino was developed in Cordoba, Argentina, by Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez. For more than 20 years, Dr. Martinez worked to create a breed that was powerful and athletic enough to hunt big game, but also friendly and even-tempered. He based the breed on the now extinct Cordoba Fighting Dog and added the Boxer, Bull Terrier, Dogue de Bordeaux, English Bulldog, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Irish Wolfhound, Mastiff and Pointer. Dr. Martinez began his work in the mid-1920s and introduced the first Dogo Argentino in 1947.
The Dogo Argentino is a large dog that weighs 80 to 100 pounds and measures 23.5 to 27.5 inches.
The Dogo Argentino has a short, thick coat that only needs to be brushed once or twice a week. The Dogo Argentino should only be bathed when dirty. The breed has sensitive skin that is prone to allergies and irritation, and requires a gentle shampoo for protection. Like all dogs, the Dogo Argentino also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Dogo Argentino was developed to be a hunter and guardian, and remains a strong, powerful breed. At the same time, the Dogo Argentino is a sweet and affectionate family dog.
The Dogo Argentino is a serious and devoted protector, but never aggressive with people. The Dogo Argentino was bred to be a guardian and takes the job to heart. Like many watch dogs, the Dogo Argentino is alert, fearless and naturally wary of strangers.
The Dogo Argentino has another side though, which is one of a loving and gentle family dog. With their family, the Dogo Argentino is good-natured and affectionate. They especially adore children and are very sweet with them. Although they may be large, the Dogo Argentino loves to curl up in their nearest family member’s lap and take a nap.
The Dogo Argentino wants to be the dominant member of the household and needs a trainer with experience and confidence. The Dogo Argentino is not a good match for a first-time dog owner. They respond best to a trainer who is firm and consistent, yet always kind. This breed is tough, but also sensitive and will shut down if treated harshly.
The Dogo Argentino also needs early socialization with people and other animals. The Dogo Argentino can be aggressive with other dogs and family pets, but will do fine with them if properly socialized.
The Dogo Argentino needs daily exercise and regular activity to be happy. Without enough stimulation, the Dogo Argentino can become bored, depressed and destructive. They should have a long daily walk and a secure area for running.