Dogo Argentino

Dogo Argentino

By Marekiaro | plant&animalife | 1 May 2020

The Argentine dogo is a dogue-type Molossian dog breed originating in the Córdoba region of Argentina. The breed is the result of the work of Antonio Nores Martínez, with the collaboration of his brother Agustín and father Antonio, in the early decades of the 20th century.

Average life: 10–12 years

White color

Origin: Argentina

Temperament: Affectionate, Cheerful, Loyal, Friendly, Protective, Tolerant

Weight: Female: 35–40 kg, Male: 40–45 kg

Height: Female: 60–65 cm, Male: 60–68 cm



Cordoba, Argentina. The history of the Argentine Dogo begins here, thanks to Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, famous surgeon who died prematurely in 1956. Probably this breed is his most important legacy: after a very careful selection, in 1947 the Argentine Dogo comes to life and begins to expand throughout the territory: it already stood out at the time for its immense strength, for the tenacity and courage with which it faced life.

It was originally used for hunting wild boars and other animals that could pose a danger to its owners' livestock and agriculture. Nores thought so, today he is also a dog who knows how to be the perfect companion for owners who want an imposing breed alongside them. Until 2009 it was listed among the breeds considered dangerous, but that year its name was canceled.

However, only in 1964 was it recognized by the FCI: this milestone was possible mainly thanks to the constant action of Nores' brother, also a doctor. Today there are also Dogo Argentino breeding farms in Italy and it is the only molossoid that falls into the category of hounds capable of hunting large game.




Imposing breed? Yes, because despite its not very high measures (males range from 62 to 68 cm, females from 60 to 65), the Dogo Argentino is one of the most muscular and robust breeds on the planet. It has a weight that is around 45 kg, but his is really a sculptural physique, also because it is well proportioned in all its facets. By virtue of his strength he was and is unfortunately still one of the most frequent protagonists of dogfights.

His jaws can be intimidating, but if you take a closer look at his face we can notice a characteristic and singular truffle slightly unbalanced forward. It has a concave nose, while its eyes are hazel colored.

The coat must be white (it can have a dark spot only on the skull), short and smooth. However its linearity depends on the climate: in fact in a tropical climate the hair becomes thin, making the pigmented regions shine through. This does not penalize the standard. In a cold climate, on the other hand, the hair is thicker and thicker: undercoat is therefore possible.

As for his mouth, he has well-developed teeth, which must be regular. The ears are usually cut and facing upwards.




Being born from a mix of breeds with a strong and vigorous character (Bulldog, Bull terrier and mastiffs, but also Great Dane, Dogue de Bordeaux, mountain dog of the Pyrenees, Irish Greyhound and Pointer), the character of the Argentine Dogo makes him become one of the best watchdogs on the planet.

He is very intelligent and smart, but also terribly territorial: he almost never barks, but if a dog of the same sex invades his territory he will be able to assert his power. This is because the dominant nature is part of its nature. It is in the hunt that all his cunning and courage come out.

However, it cannot be said that the Argentine Dogo is not an extremely affectionate and sweet dog, despite an aspect that would not suggest these qualities: he loves his family and his owner, he is very protective. He is wary of people he doesn't know, but not aggressive.

He is certainly not a fearful dog: he has courage, but at the same time he is very balanced. He has a strong talent in evaluating situations without getting carried away: for this reason he is one of the most intelligent and serene breeds that exist. Obviously, it is advisable to take him often outside, because he loves being outdoors: he is a walker who never tires, which is why he would always like to walk with his owner.

All characteristics of the Bulldog: he is not agitated, he manages to maintain control in various situations. Whether he lives in the countryside or in the city, his psychic balance is not affected.




It is clear, however, that the Argentine Dogo is one of those dogs that need education and training to start at an early age: the puppy must first of all learn to respect the roles and spaces, but it is also important to make him establish contact with others breeds so as to make him understand what the concept of "interaction" means.


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This big dog can have skin-related problems (for example pyoderma, but in general different types of dermatitis). To prevent this type of pathology it is always better to use antiseptic shampoo, in order to limit its manifestation. The Dogo Argentino is part of large dogs, therefore it is subject to some types of health problems.

In particular, the rapid growth of this dog can lead to hip dysplasia, but also stomach twisting. Therefore it is good to speak with your trusted veterinarian to understand how to deal with them or to limit their onset.

Another pathology linked to the Argentine Dogo is deafness, bi and unilateral.




Let's analyze the feeding of the Dogo Argentino: it is a dog that needs a careful diet, especially in the first months, since it is precisely in this short period of time that it grows rapidly.

For it to come on strong and healthy it is therefore necessary to feed it completely, with all the essential substances for its daily needs. In this sense, there are excellent dry feed on the market: there is therefore no need for supplements, because the latter are rich and complete with every substance that the Argentine Dogo needs.

However, you don't necessarily have to buy feed: home-cooked food may also be fine. We recommend pasta or rice, but also meat, bread and vegetables. In this case, however, there will also be a need for supplements that are not contained in the above foods.

Upon reaching the first year of age, you can switch to a more contained diet: better to opt for low-fat and protein feeds.




The price of an Argentine Dogo is quite high: we are around 1000 euros, even reaching 1500 (it depends on the vaccinations carried out and above all on its pedigree).

We advise you not to go in search of such a breed online: it is increasingly recommended to go in person to qualified Dogo Argentino breedings, perhaps under the advice of your veterinarian. So you can ascertain the presence of all the necessary documentation, including vaccinations and microchips.




The Argentine dogo is a dogue-type Molossian dog breed originating in the Córdoba region of Argentina.

The breed is the result of the work of Antonio Nores Martínez, with the collaboration of his brother Agustín and father Antonio, in the early decades of the 20th century. The aim they set was to create a dog suitable for the caza mayor, that is, to hunt large game in the environment of the Argentine pampas pecari, wild boars and cougars. The base from which they started was the perro de pelea cordobés, a local breed, crossbreed of: bulldog, boxer, bull terrier and Spanish mastiff, used for fighting. To improve their psychophysical characteristics and to improve their hunting skills, the Pelea Cordobès perro was crossed with the following dog breeds: bull terrier, bulldog, boxer, great dane, dogue de Bordeaux, Pyrenean mastiff, Irish greyhound and pointer. The new breed was set around 1928, the standard published in 1947, and official recognition came in 1964 for Argentina, and in 1973 internationally. Initially classified among blood hounds and track dogs, it is currently included in group 2 (molossoids) by the International Dog Federation.

Males sometimes have a competitive character with others of the same sex. Females are very caring mothers. Childbirth is usually natural without human intervention. His average life is around twelve years.

This breed was part of those listed on the list of dangerous dog breeds, which was eliminated by an ordinance on March 3, 2009.




The Dogo Argentino is a dog selected to fight and little recommended for an inexperienced owner. It binds a lot to family life which it defends and protects with courage. It is an excellent playmate for the little ones, with the watchful eye of the owner and does not present particular problems in his health if tested by the breeder. It is a breed that needs daily attention and who loves games as long as they are not too repetitive. It is an athletic, mesomorphic, normotype dog with harmonious proportions. He has powerful musculature, is agile, his appearance gives the feeling of power, energy and strength, in contrast to his friendly and gentle expression. Entirely white, it can have only one dark spot on the skull.


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