Dogo Argentino

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Dogo Argentino
profile of a muscular all white male dog standing on grass in front of trees. Very short coat. Reminiscent of a Bulldog.
Male Dogo Argentino
Other names Argentine Dogo,Argentine Mastiff
Nicknames Dogo
Country of origin Argentina
Weight Male 40–45 kg (88–99 lb)
Female 35–40 kg (77–88 lb)
Height Male 60–68 cm (24–27 in)
Female 60–65 cm (24–26 in)
Coat Short
Colour White
Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Dogo Argentino also known as the Argentine Mastiff is a large, white, muscular dog that was developed in Argentina primarily for the purpose of big-game hunting, including wild boar; the breeder, Antonio Nores Martínez, also wanted a dog that would exhibit steadfast bravery and willingly protect its human companion to the death. It was first bred in 1928, from the Cordoba Fighting Dog along with a wide array of other breeds including, but not limited to, the Great Dane.


The Dogo Argentino is a large white short-coated dog with muscular and strong body that rarely has any markings (any type of marking or spot on the coat is considered a flaw).[1]

Breed Standard Height: for females is 60–65 centimetres (24–26 inches) and for males is 60–68 centimetres (24–27 inches), measured at the withers.[2] Weight: from 40–45 kilograms (88–99 pounds).[2] The length of the body is just slightly longer than the height. The length of the front leg (measured from point of elbow to the ground) is approximately equal to one-half of the dog's height at the withers. The head has a broad, slightly domed skull and the muzzle is slightly higher at the nose than the stop, when viewed in profile. The tail is set low, thick at the base and tapers to a point. It has been described as looking similar to the American Bulldog but very tall with a solid white coat. The breed has also been described as looking similar to the American Pit Bull Terrier, even though the American Pit Bull Terrier is far smaller (13.5 to 27 kilograms).[3]


As in the Dalmatian, white Boxer, and the white Bull Terrier, the dogo may experience pigment-related deafness. There is possibility of an approximate 10% deafness rate overall with some dogos afflicted uniaurally (one deaf ear) and some binaurally (deaf in both ears). Studies have shown that the incidence of deafness is drastically reduced when the only breeding stock used is that with bilaterally normal hearing.[4][5][6] Hip dysplasia is also a common health concern.


A Dogo Argentino with uncropped ears

Dogos are big-game hunters and are sometimes trained for search and rescue, police assistance, service dogs, and military work.[1]

As with all breeds, the Dogo Argentino can be good with children, if properly socialized at early age.[citation needed]

Dogo Argentinos have been bred specifically to allow better socialization with other dogs and are well suited for group environments. They get along with other pets in most rural and urban settings ranging from a complete outdoor farm dog to urban housing with a small yard, to crowded apartment buildings. Because aggressive traits are purposely bred out, attacks on humans or other pets are extremely rare.[citation needed] The Dogo has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.[7]

Hunting and legality[edit]

While the Dogo Argentino was bred primarily from the extinct Cordoba Fighting Dog, it was bred to be a cooperative hunter, i.e. to accompany other catch dogs and bay dogs on the hunt without fighting with the other dogs. Aggressive traits inherent in the Cordoban Dog were specifically bred out to enable a stable cooperative nature in a pack. However, in areas where dog fighting continues, the Dogo Argentino has been used for fighting due to its fearless nature and great stamina.

The Dogo Argentino is banned in certain countries such as Ukraine, Iceland, Australia and Singapore. In the United Kingdom, under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, it is illegal to own a Dogo Argentino without lawful authority and the maximum penalty for illegal possession of a Dogo Argentino is a fine of £5,000 and/or up to six months imprisonment.


In 1928, Antonio Nores Martinez, a medical doctor, professor and surgeon, set out to breed a big game hunting dog that was also capable of being a loyal pet and guard dog. Antonio Martinez picked the Cordoba Fighting Dog to be the base for the breed.[8] This breed is extinct today, but it was said that as a large and ferocious dog, it was a great hunter. Martinez crossed it with the Great Dane, Boxer, Spanish Mastiff, Old English Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Great Pyrenees, Pointer, Irish Wolfhound and Dogue de Bordeaux.[8] Nores Martinez continued to develop the breed via selective breeding to introduce the desired traits.

See also[edit]

  • On Animal Planet's Pit Boss episode "Shorty's Top Dog", Shorty and Hercules adopted a Dogo Argentino puppy named Mario.


  1. ^ a b Rice, Dan (1 March 2001). Big Dog Breeds. Barron's Educational Series. pp. 152–153. ISBN 978-0-7641-1649-0. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Dogo Argentino" (PDF). Federation Cynologique Internationale. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Stahlkuppe, Joe (1 April 2000). American Pit Bull Terrier Handbook. Barron's Educational Series. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-7641-1233-1. 
  4. ^ Strain, G. M. (1993). "Deafness assessment services by means of the brainstem auditory-evoked response". Journal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine 7 (2): 104–5. PMID 8501696. 
  5. ^ Cargill, E. J.; Famula, T. R.; Strain, G. M.; Murphy, K. E. (2004). "Heritability and segregation analysis of deafness in U.S. Dalmatians". Genetics 166 (3): 1385–93. doi:10.1534/genetics.166.3.1385. PMC 1470800. PMID 15082557. 
  6. ^ Strain, G. M. (1992). "Brainstem auditory evoked potentials in veterinary medicine". British Veterinary Journal 148 (4): 275–8. doi:10.1016/0007-1935(92)90080-K. PMID 1498641. 
  7. ^ "Dogo Argentino". United Canine Association. 
  8. ^ a b Marien-de Luca, Catherine. "Dogo Argentino blood lines".