The Tough Dogo Argentino Dog Breed
The Dogo Argentino, or the Argentine Mastiff, is another South American breed who has been banned in numerous countries (Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, and others). Is the dog big? Yes, he is a mastiff. This great dog weighs up to about 120 pounds and a male stands up to about 29 inches at the withers. His body is long and lean. Is the dog tough? Yes, he was bred as a hunter for use on wild boar or any other found on Argentine grassland. Is the dog mean? No, but due to his size, his reputation as a fighter, and his unwillingness to accept strangers, the Argentine Mastiff has been branded a dangerous dog.
What kind of history do these dogs have?
Antonio Nores Martinez, a physician from Cordoba, Argentina, developed this breed in 1928, for use both as a hunting dog and guard dog. He used the Cordoba Fighting Dog to start with but he wanted a calmer dog, not a fierce fighter, so he crossed that breed with the Great Dane, Boxer, and many other breeds to get the type of dog he wanted. His family continued developing the breed after his death and the Argentine Mastiff was later recognized as a native breed of Argentina.
Are they good pets?
These dogs are not fighters. They have been selected to cooperate with other dogs during the hunt. They are, however, guard dogs, and will do what it takes to protect their home and family. Their unwillingness to accept strangers, who they might view as hostile, has led to so many places subjecting them to breed specific legislation.
If you do decide to get one of these dogs there are several things to be careful of. About 10% of them have deafness, as do many white breeds. Some of them are affected with hip dysplasia. When purchasing a dog this big, medical expenses are high and normal expenses (like food) are going to be significant also. They also need a lot of space and a good fence, and you must be willing to take them for long walks.
Their short coats are easy to groom. If you can deal with some of their requirements, most of the Dogo Argentinos, despite their reputation and muscular appearance, are good pets.
Where are they for sale?
Since the Argentine Mastiff has been accepted by the AKC the dog is now available from some breeders in the U.S. In the U.K. anyone with one of these dogs needs a special permit so finding a puppy there is going to be difficult. In places like Australia, where the government has already decided against this dog, they are not even available.
If you have experience handling big dogs and have decided to get one of these attractive and muscular hunters, you should visit several breeders and make a good choice. Deafness will probably not be a problem if both parents are able to hear in both ears, and hip dysplasia is less likely to strike if both parents are certified free of the disease. Make sure you start training when the puppy is still small and malleable, provide him with adequate leadership, and socialize him as much as possible while he is still young.
Is your neighborhood infested with wild boars? The Dogo Argentino is the right breed for you!
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