Dogo Argentino
Argentina FCI 292 - Molossoid - Dogo

Dogo Argentino

He is a fierce guardian and defender. It is not convenient to stimulate their aggressiveness.



The Dogo Argentino (Argentine Dogo) is a breed of dog, created by the Argentine physician Antonio Nores Martinez, looking for an animal suitable for the hunting of common species in Argentina, such as wild boar, peccaries and red foxes. Courage, courage and nobility are qualities that enhance the maximum in this race.

The Dogo Argentino It is the only living Argentine dog breed (see footnote two extinct races), defined by its creator, Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, as “the best dog among all dogs of prey and more prey among all dogs in the world”.

In the Decade of 1920, Antonio Nores Martinez (aided by his brother Agustín, his father Antonio and uncles) He decided to create a race of dam to collect the best qualities of the “Cordoba Fighting Dog“, but with superior physical strength and dimensions. In addition, It was proposed to bring a dog to have skills to hunt in Pack, particularly of wild boars, but he was able to beat or stop him only to the dam in combat until the arrival of his master or the rest of the Pack.

Antonio used as the basis for the “Cordoba Fighting Dog“, a mixture of races introduced in the Argentina by English residents, Bull Terrier and Bulldog, with races that had brought the Spaniards, Spanish Alano and Spanish Mastiff. At these crossing, He was unbeaten in the fights of dogs, Antonio added blood lines Bull Terrier and Pyrenean Mastiff. Like this, in the thirteenth generation, Antonio was given account that had created a “war machine” perfect, an invincible battle dog. The white dogs of Antonio became famous as any other dog could overcome them rings.

It thus creates the Araucana family. Then Antonio proposed legalizing the dog that had been created, because the fighting, Despite being his passion, they were prohibited throughout the world. On the other hand, He was fascinated by the idea of directly killing a dog to lift, continue and captured the dam. The Araucana family not served for hunting because they were very aggressive, very heavy in relation to its height and lack of sense of smell. Then Antonio introduced blood Pointer, creating the Guaraní family. These Doges maintained the fighting spirit of the Araucana family, but they were more resistant to pursue prey, they had a better sense of smell and could be that they did not battle.

They spent several years crossing, selections and adequate functional gymnastics until towards the end of the Decade of 1940, Antonio managed to consolidate the current Argentine dogo, recognized as the most excellent hunting dog.

In 1946 It organized a public match for the presentation of the race between Añá, an extraordinary specimen of Dogo Argentino and a breeding boar of 5 years. It was a tough race for Aña, the fight came out victorious, then surrendered it in forty minutes, finishing the fight in perfect physical condition. The battle was filmed and woke up in the cinófilos a great admiration for the Doge (“The Dogo Argentino“, by Paolo Vianini, Vecchi publishing, 2006.).

In 1947 Augustine hosted a match in the Spanish Club of Morón between Chinese, a Dogo Argentino and a Creole Black Bull, great fighter. After a while of combat, that it caused him to Chinese femur fracture, He managed to turn the nose of the bull, which, in a few minutes, He could not resist more pain and knelt. Chinese not dropped. The end was really a party to the Spanish public. Francisco, another brother of Antonio, He entered the arena and spoke to Chinese who burst into their prey and continued limping (“The Dogo Argentino“, by Paolo Vianini, Vecchi publishing, 2006.).

Augustine was a great diffuser of the race, finally achieving its recognition as such (see letter from Dr. Agustín Nores Martínez to the FCA). The standard was published in the magazine “Diana” in 1947. The official recognition in Argentina took place in 1964, and the international in 1973. You can read the letter sent by Dr. Agustín Nores Martinez1 to the Federation Cynologique Argentina requesting the opening of genealogical records of the breed, where he makes a detailed account of the virtues and potential of Dogo Argentino.

In the last decades the Dogo Argentino It has been successfully introduced in the United States and several countries in Europe. Very good breeders can be found today in various countries throughout the world and of course Argentina, cradle of the Doge, that there are breeders of excellence. It is currently one of the regulatory dogs for police in Lebanon.

Physical characteristics

It is a very strong and sturdy dog, structure solid and muscular in all parts of the body, insensitive to pain, capable of combat with animals larger than himself and kill them. With the completely white layer, to distinguish it easily in the Mt., the Dogo Argentino it differs from other dogs also by its behavior: ladra rarely, almost for not wanting to note their presence, but when attacked, is devastating.

The head is large with a massive skull. The truffle is black. Slightly concave snout, with thin lips to the bite and catch prey allows, continue breathing. Brown eyes, well separated between them. Ears upright or semierguidas, triangular and cut. The neck is powerful, thick and arched.

The chest is wide and deep. The very high dorsal line in the shoulders then leans toward the hip. The limbs are straight, with muscular thighs, short hocks, United and short fingers. The tail is long and thick. The male must measure between 60 and 66 cm., and the female between 60 and 62 cm.; weight the male should be between the 48 - 54 kg, the female 45 kg. Always white mantle, and without spots, the pigmentation is not desired. The Dogo Argentino is an athlete, by which it should be kept thin and lightweight and not prone to obesity as if it were a Mastiff.

By your skin should not remain long time exposed to the Sun. For a perfect maintenance of your fur brushing with a glove of crin or rubber that drag the loose hair is necessary. Skin problems are fairly common, particularly a disease called demodexia, It tends to occur mainly in the exemplary young immunosuppressed.

Character and skills

It is the most quintessential hunting dog. The Doges work in Pack, usually four members. When a Doge ventea wild boar, aims it to achieve this and it turned on in the snout, ears, neck or legs, without releasing it despite the punishment that would receive the beast. The Dogo Argentino is a very powerful bite, a great resistance and much courage, qualities that allow you to fight with the animal until the end or to reach other dogs in the Pack or the Hunter that rematará the boar with a knife.

In some cases crossing of Doges with Greyhound joining the Pack, calls "Noose", to have dogs for both faster and lighter but they do not replace pure Doges, many more powerful and resistant.
In recent years the Dogo Argentino I gain greater fame in hunting, given that can match in strength to the puma and another partner kill him. These copies are very strong and you don't feel the pain.

Like all working dog, is very faithful to his master. In house usually behave well and almost never ladra. It is quiet and balanced. He is very loyal and affectionate with people. It tends to be aggressive toward their peers if it is not educated properly from an early age.

You need to exercise, and be well comfortable space. It is not uncommon to find specimens with deafness. Their eyes should be cared, cleansing should be daily to avoid any type of inflammation.

As any large breed, needs a strong and constant education but without violence. It is important to teach him not to attack other dogs and other domestic animals which must be able to live together in harmony. The hombre-perro relationship is a relationship of submission, Thus the hierarchical order must establish clear, who is charge.

Once achieved this, the Dogo Argentino will be an exceptional companion, faithful to his master that will give his life if necessary. It is a dog that his role is very awake instinct, in fact, in the small farms, they wake up the instinct, so it is a dog as a pet should be always on leash when walking it.

Dogo Argentino Health

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems, and all people have the potential for inherited diseases. Run away from any breeder who doesn't offer a health guarantee on puppies, to tell you that race has no known problems, or keep the cubs isolated from the main part of the home for health reasons. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about the health problems of race and incidence occurring with.

Conditions that have been seen in the breed include hypothyroidism and deafness. Bulldogs may also be prone to glaucoma and laryngeal paralysis. Y, like many big and giant races, the Dogo Argentino can develop hip dysplasia.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited defect of the hip socket. It may be mild, causing little or no pain, or it can lead to severe lameness. Bulldogs with hip dysplasia can move slowly or avoid jumping. According to the severity of the condition, weight loss, medication or surgery can help relieve pain. Bulldogs to be reared must undergo hip radiography and classification by a veterinary orthopedic specialist at two years of age.

Do not buy a puppy from a breeder who cannot provide you with written documentation showing that the parents were exempt from health problems affecting the breed.. Make the dogs are “vet examined” It is not a substitute for testing genetic health. Find your puppy elsewhere.

Careful breeders examine their breeding dogs for genetic diseases and only breed the healthiest, best-looking specimens, but sometimes mother nature has other ideas. A puppy can develop one of these diseases despite good breeding practices. Advances in veterinary medicine mean that in most cases dogs can still live a good life. If you are going to have a puppy, ask the breeder about the ages of the dogs in his lines and what are the most common causes of death.

Remember that after you have welcomed a new puppy into your home, It has the power to protect one of the most common health problems: the obesity. Keeping a Dogo Argentino at the right weight is one of the easiest ways to extend its life.. To take the most of preventive skills to help ensure a healthier dog for life.

Care of the Dogo Argentino

Grooming the Dogo Argentino is easy due to its short coat, although its large size means it's a great job. One bath every three months (or when it's dirty) with a mild shampoo for dogs is a good idea. Brush your stylish coat with a natural bristle brush or glove once a week. Use hair conditioner / polisher to shine.

The rest are basic care. You have to check your ears every week and clean them if necessary and cut your toenails once a month. Regular brushing with a soft toothbrush and vet-approved dog toothpaste keeps teeth and gums healthy. It is essential to introduce the grooming to the Dogo Argentino when it is very young so that it learns to accept the handling and to make the fuss with tranquility.

Characteristics "Dogo Argentino"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Dogo Argentino" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer- Molossoid breeds – Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs.
  • Section 2.1: Molossian, Dogue type. Without working trial.
  • Federations:
    • FCI – Pinscher and Schanuezer dogs. Molossian type Dogs and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs. , Section 2.1: Molossoid, mastiff type.
    • AKC – Working dogs
    • UKC – Guard dog

    FCI breed standard "Dogo Argentino"


    Alternative names:

      1. Argentine Dogo, Dogo (English).
      2. Dogo argentino (French).
      3. Dogo Argentino (German).
      4. Dogue argentino, Mastim argentino (Portuguese).
      5. Argentine Mastiff, Mastín Argentino (Spanish).

    1 – Argentine Dogo dog by joseltr / CC0
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    3 – Argentine mastiff – Name: Ridge Owner: – Fred, of Domaine Salvator by Wikipedia
    4 – Dogo Argentino during dogs show in Katowice, Poland by Lilly M / CC BY-SA
    5 – Dogo Argentino by Paul Hermans / CC BY-SA
    6 – Eggon taking his daily walk by Blabriel / CC BY-SA

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