Dogo Argentino, this is one of the few dogs that have the honour of having their statue erected in the town square. The name of this majestic breed can give you an insight to its lineage, no prizes for guessing as to from where does this handsome lad originates from. This is the only dog that originates from Argentina. This big and powerful dog has high level of energies. Dogo Argentino is more suited for experienced owners. Dogo will need a leader who is able to handle him or her with discipline. This muscle dog is often to as Rocky (aka Sylvester Stallone) of the dog kingdom.
If you want a dog that will be your companion in the house, then this is not the breed for you. They do not like to sit ideal and will love to work. The Dogo will need early socialization to ensure that he or she becomes a well-rounded dog; they have a dubious distinction and are even banned in countries like the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Iceland.
If you have your heart set on the breed then remember that you would have to start training him or her as soon as you get this little puppy home because this small puppy will grow quickly and may become just a little too much to handle. Their short coat does not require much grooming and this muscular dog is not troubled by the typical large breed health issues.
The above discussion is just the tip of the iceberg for the breed. We will be discussing all these aspects in detail in the following write up to help you select the perfect breed.History
The Dogo Argentino probably has the largest family tree in the entire dog kingdom. It was bred from the extinct fighting dog of Cordoba, the Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Boxer, Pointer, Great Dane Bull Mastiff, Great Pyreness, Dogue de Bordeaux, Irish Wolfhound and Spanish Mastiff.
Talk about a prolific lineage, this breed was developed by Antonio Nores Martinez of Argentina, who wanted to create big game hound that will help him to track boars for a long distance and will be able to navigate the diverse terrain of Argentina. This majestic breed was mostly used in hunting games and controlling vermins along with guarding the property.Unique Aspects
The first thing that anyone notices about the Dogo Argentino is its striking white coat; this is not commonly seen in the Mastiff family. This is one of the few breeds that come in only one colour i.e. white. This is what makes them unique in the world. This standard color was given to them to ensure that the hunters could easily spot them in the tricky terrain of Argentina.
Another thing that makes Dogo different from the other canines is their dental arch, they have a unique dental arch. Their front teeth are in a perfect line that forms a square shape dental arch, this helps to create more surface area per bite, giving this dog a stronger grip to hold things.
You have to remember that this dog will do great in a yard and will thrive in a warmer climate but you will have to ensure that they should not be left in the yard in colder climates.
The dubious distinction of the Dogo Argentino has not seen many takers and the fact that they are banned in some of the countries also do not help. We could find only one movie that features this athletic dog i.e.Bombon, which features a Dogo Argentino by the name of Gregorio.
Grooming is not much of a task when it comes to your Dogo Argentino, their short coat does not require much effort when it comes to maintenance, you need to brush it on a weekly basis with the help of a brush or a hound mitten and give it a bath when dirty. The short coat sheds so it is advisable to ensure regular brushing in order to get rid of all the lose hair from your pet’s body.
In addition to this you will need to follow the regular grooming regime for your pet that is brushing the teeth of your Dogo, this should be done at least on a weekly basis as this will help to remove all tartar buildup and ensure fresh breath at all times. This will also prevent various gum diseases in your pet.
You have to check the nails regularly and if they are grown then they have to be clipped on regular basis as otherwise it can be very painful for your pet. You should always start this grooming regime in your pet from an early age as this will ensure that he is not temperamental with someone touching his feet, mouth or ear at a later stage.
Dogo Argentino is generally a healthy breed but you have to remember when getting a puppy home that almost all and every breed has a chance of developing genetic disorders and they can also get any of the common diseases. So this not a word of law these are just some of the unfortunate cases that you can encounter with your Dogo at times.
Your Dogo can develop hip dysplasia, a problem that is associated with many large breed, this is most of the times a hereditary defect of the hip socket. This is a tricky disease and at times can cause very little or no pain at all and there are times when this can cause lameness in pets as well. It can be easily treated with the help of medicines or surgery. Dogo Argentino can be prone to hereditary deafness as well, this is a common condition in dogs, which are all white.
It is very important to know that the coat and the eye color is decided by a pigment producing cells called melanocytes, if these are absent in the genes. The hearing cells originate from the same stem cells as pigment-producing cells. Therefore if an animal has no pigment in its body, it generally leads to deafness.
Along with this they are also at times prone to hypothyroidism, which occurs when the thyroid gland produces fewer hormones. The most common symptoms of the disease is obesity, lethargy, dropping eyelids and in bitches irregular heat cycles. This can be easily treated with medicines.
The Dogo Argentino is a very versatile breed; in fact many might see this breed as having a dual personality. The Dogo can be a guardian to the family and will protect the family with all their might and if it wants can be a fearless hunter that can take on to a wild boar.
The Dogo is very close to the human family and will do anything to protect him or her. It is necessary to socialize your pet at an early age to ensure that it is more welcoming to meet strangers. One has to remember that the Dogo was bred for hunting games and still has a strong prey drive. So, if you are getting a Dogo home then do not be surprise if he is chasing the smaller animals around the house. If the smaller animals are not raised with the Dogo, they will not be friendly towards them.
If you have a Dogo or plan to get one then always remember that it is important to give this breed appropriate exercise as they need stimulation for their mind. If this is not channelized in the correct manner it can give rise to various issues later in the life. This breed has a resonating bark, which helps him to guard the large estates effectively.Environment
A Dogo Argentino is a versatile breed that can adapt well to apartment living also, the only pre requisite is that you have to exercise it sufficiently and on a regular basis. If you have a yard in the house then it is very important to remember that your Dogo will not be able to adapt to below freezing temperatures. Warm temperatures are more to the liking of the Dogo.
These dogs were bred to assist in hunting games and have a high activity level and always need to do a job most of the times. They thrive when exercised sufficiently and will get bored if just made to sit at home. In most of the cases this can give rise to destructive behavior. If you cannot give your dog leash free exercise then you can always take him or her home for a jog or a run on the leash itself.
The Dogo has a natural prey drive and can easily trail of to the smell. So, it is extremely important to ensure effective socialization of the dog with other animals especially small animals; they do not do well with them till the time they are not raised with them. They are more than compassionate with human though, they will love to cuddle up and play with you as well.Training & Intelligence
It is very important to start training your Dogo puppy as soon as he or she comes home to ensure a well behaved adult dog later. It is integral to not wait for six months to start training as this might just make it impossible for you to train your dog.
This is an intelligent breed but always remember that harsh training will never yield results for you. One has to be sensitive to the issue and maintain patience when providing training to your dog. The other thing is that your Dogo will need training all through his or her life. Unlike other breeds the training does not end here, it will continue all through life.
Dogo Argentino is generally a healthy breed and even their breeding does not have many complications attached. Just remember that their threshold of pain is less when compared to other dogs so that can be a hindrance in the breeding. An average male and female Dogo attains sexual maturity anywhere between six to nine months of age. Though, your pet is still very young to breed.
A dog takes around 18 months to reach his or her full height and structure. It is advisable to breed your dogs after at least two years of age. If you are a first timer at breeding then taking a vets help is advisable. You just sit back and enjoy the company of five to eight adorable little puppies. Though a word of caution even perfectly normal parents can have deaf pups in its litter.Puppies
The Dogo puppies are a delight to watch, they are adorable and completely white with floppy ears. The ears have to be cropped and it has to be done between two or two and half months from a reputed vet. Just keep in mind that this will require a lot of effort you will have to change the tapes regularly.
It is never too early to start training your Dogo. Ideally the training should start the day your puppy comes home. This is a head strong breed and will need early socialization. Once you get the puppy home ensure that your puppy meets a lot of people and different animals to grow to be the perfect pet.
Like so many dogs Dogo Argentino puppies are inveterate chewers and will chew almost anything they can reach, their size can at times incur a lot of damage. It is advisable to bring home a lot of chewing toys to save your prized furniture and upholstery. Be ready to run around the house with this hyper active puppy.
The Dogo Argentino as we mentioned earlier is also referred to as the Argentinian Mastiff. This is large and well-muscled dog, which has a deep set chest. The head is massive and round in shape from the front to the back. The muzzle concaves upwards a little with a slight stop, which as the same length as the skull. Along with this the jaw is strong giving him or her a better grip.
The eyes are set well apart and come in various brown colors, the rims o the eyes is wither pink or black. The ears are set high but most of the times it is cropped. The thighs are muscular and they generally do not have the dewclaws. The Dogo is longer than it is higher and the female Dogo is longer than the male Dogo.Tail-Set medium high, with 45 degree angle to the upper line. Sabre-shaped, thick and long, reaching to the hocks but not further down