Dog Breeds > Dogo Argentino
|Alternate Names||Dogo Argentino, Argentine Mastiff|
|Group||Pinschers, Schnauzers, Molossers and Swiss Mountain Dog|
Dogo Argentino Profile
The Dogo Argentino is a mesomorph and mesocephalic mastiff. That is to say, it has medium and harmonious proportions of the body and the head. The head is very special in the Dogo: it has taken the skull of a mastiff and the snout of a “sniffer,” which were specifically chosen to heighten its hunting abilities. The skull is convex due to the enormous development of the jaw muscles, while the profile of the snout is slightly concave towards the stop. The eyes may be dark or hazel colored, but they will definitely be wide apart. The expression is alert and lively, but also hard, especially in the male. The ears are set high and well apart due to the width of the skull. They are generally cut. The paws must be perfectly plumb. The tail is thick and falls to the hock; it is wider at the base, and tapers to the tip.
Fur: short, straight, and smooth.
Color: entirely white. Small black spots are only permitted around the eyes on the condition that they do not cover more than 10% of the head. Between a dog with black marks and without, it is always recommended to choose the latter.
Size: 62 to 68 cm for the males and 60 to 65 cm for the females.
Weight: about 45 kg.
Origins and History
The story of the Dogo Argentino is quite recent. It started in the 1920s, when the two brothers Agustin and Antonio Nores decided to create a big game hunting dog adapted to the Argentinian geography. To do so, they took a fighting dog, the Perro de pelea cordobès. However, other breeds were also allowed to influence the process: the Bull Terrier, the Bulldog, the Great Dane, the Boxer, the Pyrenean Mastiff, the Irish Wolfhound, the Pointer, Dogue de Bordeaux (Bordeaux Mastiff), and the Spanish Mastiff all played a role in the Dogo’s creation.
Character and Abilities
There is much controversy over the actual abilities of the Dogo Argentino, who was born a hunting dog for wild boar and puma, but is a completely inadequate hunter in European territories. Therefore, it would be better to use it as a watchdog or guard dog. Its beauty and elegance explain the choice of many owners to participate in exhibitions. As it descends from fighting dogs, it can sometimes fight with other subjects of the same sex, but this problem can be solved through good socialization. It is very good with people and safe for children if well educated.