The Dogo Argentino (aka Argentine Dogo, Argentine Mastiff, Dogo Argentina) was developed in the 1920’s by Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez. He started with the Fighting Dog of Cordoba, now extinct. He wanted to develop a large game hunting dog capable of hunting in packs. He blended in the Pointer to give him a keen sense of smell, the Boxer for his vivacity and gentleness, the Great Dane for his size, the Irish Wolf Hound for it’s hunting instinct, the Bulldog for his large chest and boldness, the Bull Terrier for it’s fearlessness, the Dogue de Bordeaux for powerful jaws, the Spanish Mastiff for power, and the Great Pyreness for the beautiful white coat.
The Argentine Dogo is very good with children. The Dogo desires a lot of attention and is loyal and loving. Dogos are very protective of their territory and make excellent guard dogs. They are also used in many fields such as tracking, search and rescue, Schutzhund training, police work, military work, as well as a loyal family companion. The Dogo Argentino is very intelligent and can be used in almost all areas. Early socialization is the key to a good dogo.
I am fortuanate enough to have plenty of property, enabling my Argentine Dogo to receive the regular exercise necessary to maintain the muscle structure that is the hallmark of the breed. Although their drive for prey may be a challenging distraction, persistent, patient training will keep you Argentine Dogo on the right path.
The Dogo Argentino is recognized by many registries the most prominently being FCI (Federation Cynologique International), FCPR (Federacion Canofila de Puerto Rico) and UKC (United Kennel Club).