The Dogo Argentino is relatively young dog breed, originated in the 1920s. The direct ancestor is now already extinct, Cordoba fighting dog, which was crossed with some other dog breeds, for example Boxer, Spanish Mastiff, Great Dane, Old English Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Irish Wolfhound, English Pointer or Dogue de Bordeaux. The goal of the breeding was to create a strong and relentless big game hunter, which would also make a loyal companion.
The Cordoba dog was an agressive and fierce dog that was bred for fighting. The first Dogo Argentino breeder, mr. Antonio Norse Martinez, needed to breed out the natural desire to fight and replace it with scenting and hunting abilities. That is why the pointers, Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds were used in the breeding process. And it was worth it, Dogo Argentino became a great hunter capable of hunting wild boars or even pumas.
3) Black Eye Patch
The Dogo Argentino coat is short and smooth and most importantly, all white. The only exception is a possible dak patch near on of their eye. The dark patch can not cover more than 10% of the Dogos massive head. The eyes are dark as well.
4) Not for Novices
Dogo Argentino is big and strong dog with dominant and strong willed personality. This combination is definitely not the best for unexperienced dog owners. Dogo Argentino need a firm, dominant and consitent owner, otherwise, they will not be very obedient.
The Dogo Argentino is highly active breed which requieres a lot of physical and mental stimulation, otherwise, they will become bored and desctructive. Daily longer walks or jogs are must if you want to have a happy and healthy Dogo in your home. It is better if they have access to a yard where they can romp out their energy.
The dogo argentino is very well muscled, large and athletic dog breed with average height between 60-68 cms, which is 24-27 inches and weight between 40-45 kgs, which is 88-97 pounds. The females naturally are little bit smaller than males.
This dog breed is extremely loyal to its owners and family. They have high desire to be close to them and they will love to do almost any kind of activity with the family. On the other hand, they are not very trusting towards strangers, which makes them great protectors. Not only that they are not trusting towards the strangers, they can be easily trained to be hostile and fierce towards them. But this can be vastly influenced by early socialization.
8) Around Children
Believe it or not, these muscular dogs are loving, friendly and gentle towards kids and they make great companions for older children. They also tend to be pretty protective over them. Of course, you should always supervise the situation, if the children is younger. The dogo is pretty patient, but they will not like it, if the children is handling them roughly. But they do like older kids who know, how to treat dogs with respect.
9) Law Restriction
This breed has the same bad reputation as some other dogs, including Pit Bulls, Staffies or Bull Terriers and it is illegal to own them in many countries around the world. The laws are changing all the time, but at the moment of shooting the video, it is illegal to own a Dogo Argentino in Denmark, Iceland, New Zealand, Turkey, Ukraine and some other smaller countries.
10) Easy Maintenance
Great fact about the Dogo Argentino is, that they are easy to take care of. Their short and smooth coat does not requiere much grooming, brushing or bathing. But they do shed quite a lot, so if you want to minimize the shedding, you will have to brush them regularly, to remove the dead hair. Just like with other dogs, you should regularly check the dogs ears, nails and eyes and clean it or clip it when needed.