The fidelity of a dog is a precious gift demanding no less binding moral responsibilities than the friendship of a human being. The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be.” – Konrad Lorenz
As you might expect, the Dogo Argentino was created in Argentina by two brothers who had a vision. Antonio and Agustin Nores Martinez began in 1925 to create a new breed of dog who would hunt big game: wild boar and mountain lion.
The brothers began with the now extinct Fighting Dog of Cordoba and introduced nine other breeds before perfecting a dog with the right height, bravery, hunting instinct, sense of smell, speed, endurance and the temperament to hunt cooperatively in packs.
Photos displayed courtesy of Federico Alvarez Frigerio, Lirio Blanco, Quebec
A powerfully built dog, the Dogo can stand up to 27 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 80 to 100 pounds. His coat is thick and glossy and completely white and requires little maintenance. As a pure white dog, the Dogo is susceptible to sunburn and should not be left outside without shade for long periods of time.
This dog is a remarkable creation. He is expected to have the strength and endurance to hunt and track the wild boar (which can weigh up to 400 pounds) across the vast open plains of Argentina and then corner it and hold it until the hunter arrives.
At the same time, the Dogo displays no aggression towards other dogs. He was bred to work in packs and therefore gets along well with other animals.
Similarly, he has the temperament to be a wonderful family dog. In fact, the Dogo needs contact with his people. It has been said that a Dogo never lays at your feet, he lays on your feet!
The Dogo is very intelligent and adores children, tolerating rough-housing to a remarkable degree. As gentle and loving as he is with his own family, he is a superb guardian who will not hesitate to act if he perceives a threat.
A very versatile animal, the Dogo has been used in obedience, military and police work, Schutzhund, and even as a guide dog for the blind. As is the case with every breed of dog, the Dogo should be trained and socialized from an early age to ensure he develops into a well-mannered adult.
To keep his body in peak condition, he should be well exercised on a regular basis.
CKC Breed Standard
No breed standard available.