Dogo Argentino is a dedicated, strong-willed and powerful breed of dog with strong guarding instincts. They are fiercely loyal and protective of their owners. This dog breed, born with a great desire to please those they love, are also naturally intelligent and trainable. They have a strong desire to hunt and are known to pursue their prey with true passion.
Training and Care
The Dogo Argentino needs a firm and experienced leader. Obedience training and socialization from an early age are essential. With consistent and positive training, they are generally gentle and friendly with family and acquaintances. Exercise is important for this breed, as the Dogo Argentino loves to run and needs mental stimulation.As they are an active breed, the Dogo Argentino needs lots of attention and exercise. Walks of at least 30-45 minutes a day, which include playtime are advised. In addition, daily physical and mental stimulation is recommended.
Diet and Nutrition
The Dogo Argentino should be fed 2-3 cups of high quality dry dog food per day, split into two meals. The food should be appropriate for the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Give table scraps sparingly, if at all, especially avoiding cooked bones and foods with high fat content.
Dogo Argentino is a relatively healthy breed, but they may be prone to certain health conditions including cataracts, hip and elbow dysplasia, thrombopathia, and pronebrosis. Other health issues that can affect this breed include deafness, eyelid dysplasia, and dermatitis. Responsible breeders screen their breeding stock for certain genetic and congenital health issues.
The Dogo Argentino was developed in Argentina during the 1920s with the intention of creating a breed that was capable of hunting large game, such as wild boar, but could also be a loyal and devoted family pet. They were bred from numerous breeds, including the Old English Bulldog and the now extinct English White Terrier. The breed was officially recognized in 1973.
Where to Buy or Adopt
The average price of a Dogo Argentino puppy sold by a reputable breeder varies by different factors. The average cost is around $2,000-$3,000. Adopting a Dogo Argentino would cost significantly less and usually does not include registration papers. Additionally, there are several responsible rescue organizations and shelters with Dogo Argentinos up for adoption.