Dogo Argentino: Size, Temperament & Hunting

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The muscular Dogo Argentino, also sometimes called the Argentinian Mastiff or even Dogo Argentina (although that's not the official name), was bred in Cordoba, a province in Argentina, to hunt game such as wild boar and puma with the help of a pack. These large dogs are athletic and versatile but aren't ideal for every family. They need space to play and lots of exercise and training and will do best in an active household with an owner to take the time to socialize and train the Dogo breed.

Dogo Argentino characteristics

Dogo Argentino is a large breed and is classified by the American Kennel Club as a part of the working group. Males of the breed grow 24 to 26.5 inches tall and weigh 88 to 100 pounds. A Dogo Argentino female dog grows 24 to 25.5 inches tall and weighs 88 to 95 pounds.

The Dogo Argentino dog is solid white in color, although the breed standard allows a small black patch near the eye covering less than 10 percent of the dog's head. The ears are typically cropped but if left uncropped will flop down the dog's cheek

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Dogo Argentino temperament & training

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Breed is not a reliable indicator of personality, however, the Dogo Argentino dog is typically loyal and courageous. He has a high energy level but usually remains composed indoors. He can be an excellent guard dog and is strong and athletic. The dogs are intelligent and responsive.

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Make sure to socialize the dogs from a young age to ensure they are good canine citizens. Their size and prey drive may be an issue if not properly trained. Use positive reinforcement. Any harsh treatment may bring out the dog's stubborn streak. Consider hiring a professional trainer to help you with this active breed.

Dogo Argentino grooming

The Dogo dog breed has short fur no more than 3/4 of an inch long and infrequently sheds. To maintain a healthy coat, you need only to brush the dogs about once per week and bathe them as needed. Make sure to brush the dog's teeth regularly and keep the nails trimmed to avoid pain and discomfort during exercise and play. Check the dog's ears and clean out any debris to prevent ear infections.

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Dogo Argentino exercise & health

The Dogo dog is very high-energy and needs a lot of activity each day. This may include several walks per day and play and training time in the backyard. You can also consider taking him with you hiking, running, or swimming. Consider participating in a sport such as agility or rally as a fun way to spend time with your dog.

Dogo Argentino dogs have a fairly long life expectancy, living nine to 15 years. Deafness and hip dysplasia are concerns in this breed. Responsible breeders have a BAER, or Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response, test to rule out deafness. Dogs should also have a hip evaluation and cardiac exam.

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Dogo Argentino puppies

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Dogo Argentino puppies are slow to reach their full size and maturity. A three-month-old Dogo Argentino female weighs 28 and 31.5 pounds and nearly doubles in size to 52.4 to 58.9 pounds at six months. By 12 months, she will typically weigh 73.3 and 83.2 pounds and continue filling out until she is about 19 months old.

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Male dogs weigh 31.5 and 34.4 pounds at three months. At six months, they grow to 58.9 to 63.8 pounds and at a year they weigh 83.2 and 92.6 pounds. Male Dogo dogs also reach their full size at 19 months.

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